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TOMY Marion Plarail Self-propelled Revolving Steam Shovel
Marion is a self-propelled steam shovel. She usually works at the clay pits with Bill, Ben and Timothy. Marion is painted orange and light brown with yellow lining. She has her name painted on her sides in yellow.
Marion is based on a rail mounted Marion Revolving Steam Shovel. However, unlike Marion in the series, the actual steam shovels were not self-propelled. Many of these steam shovel types were used in the construction of the Panama Canal, with some of them still in place at the bottom of portions of the canals and reservoir that provides water to the canal and locks.
The only remaining steam shovel is Model 91 which was taken out of service in 1949. It resides in Le Roy, New York on caterpillar treads. The reason it’s on the treads is because in the year 1916, the Marion Company began selling conversion kits, to allow the shovel to be placed on caterpillar treads.