Historical Construction
Equipment Association

Working to preserve the history of the construction equipment that shaped our world . . .


The Historical Construction Equipment Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving for public education the history of the construction, dredging and surface mining equipment industries.


Welcome to our new and expanded website! 

August 7th-9th, Canandaigua, New York!
Click here for more information!

New to the site?

Please read the Instructions and Orientation to see what's here.

If you are an HCEA Member, you already have an account or profile. You don't have to create one; in fact, we insist that you don't, because if you create your own you end up with two memberships. 

If you don't have a password, please click on [Forgot Password] in the Login window at the bottom of the menu at left. The software that runs the site will e-mail you a link that will let you choose a password.

Please be advised that we need to have your e-mail address on file in order for you to access your profile. You can email it to us at info@hcea.net, and we will set you up.


You can learn about our organization and its activities, including our International Conventions and Old Equipment Expositions and the National Construction Equipment Museum and Archives. Our Forums offer venues for the buying and selling of equipment and parts, exchange of information and general discussion. You can also peruse Photo Galleries and a large assortment of Links to websites pertaining to construction, mining and dredging history.


Scroll down to read our latest news stories!


Thanks to our Corporate Members and Media Partners!


Corporate Members are businesses that have committed to support the HCEA through dues of $500 per year. Learn more about them and visit their websites on our Corporate Members page. Information on becoming a Corporate Member is available here.


Media Partners are publishers and publications in the industry trade press who have committed to help publicize the HCEA through such means as donated advertising space, running press releases, and linking us to their websites. Learn more about them and visit their websites on our Media Partners page. To participate in this program, contact us.


  I know someone who’d like to receive Equipment Echoes, and I’d like to order him or her a gift membership. He or she does or does not live in the U. S. or Canada, or he or she is a student in the U.S.

Welcome to our newest Corporate Member!

The HCEA is honored to announce that Ransome Cat is our newest Corporate Member! Ransome was founded in 1916 as Giles & Ransome, a dealer for concrete and paving equipment dealer. It began representing Caterpillar in eastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and northern Delaware in 1931, and is headquartered in Bensalem, PA. Thank you, Ransome Cat!  

Got your 2014 HCEA Calendar yet?

The HCEA Calendar presents twelve beautiful images of vintage equipment. Click here for more information!

The Museum Collection Keeps Growing!

The National Construction Equipment Museum has received several new additions for its collection. Our newest arrivals include:

  • c. 1950s Wayne 66 crawler crane
  • 1951 Cat D7B crawler tractor

View an updated Museum equipment list, and images of the machines in our collection.

New Tractor Website Launched!

Roger Amato has launched a new website devoted to all types of older crawlers and dozers at www.classicdozers.com. The website with a banner picture of two dozers at the 2009 HCEA International Convention and Old Equipment Exposition, contains photo galleries with hundreds of pictures of crawlers, dozers, wheel dozers, and tracked loaders of all American manufacturers. Read more!

Otis Shovel Model Available!



The HCEA has launched a new line of custom scale models of historic construction equipment, and our first is as historic as they come: A 1/10 scale model of the Otis Steam Shovel, the machine that started it all in 1835. This is a limited-edition model, with only 70 being produced. It is available with manual operation by cranks for $4,500. (Please note that the air-powered, electronic servo drive option has been discontinued.) See our online store for details and ordering information.


HCEA Scholarship Available!


The HCEA is continuing to solicit applications for our engineering and construction management scholarships. Click here for more information and an application.


2014 Show Information

The 29th Annual International Convention and Old Equipment Exposition will be held August 7th through 9th, 2014, in conjunction with the New York Steam Engine Association’s Pageant of Steam in Canandaigua, New York. Please note that the show days are Thursday through Saturday, not Friday through Sunday. This is to conform to the hosting show, which starts August 6. In keeping with the special show schedule, the Board meeting will be in Wednesday, August 6, at 2:00 PM.

Canandaigua is approximately 30 miles southeast of Rochester, 70 miles west of Syracuse, and 90 miles east of Buffalo. Our last show in Canandaigua, in 2001, featured a wonderful assortment of equipment, and we look forward to more of the same this time.                

DVDs and VHS cassettes are available for many past shows; visit our online store for details.


Membership and Chapters


HCEA Members enjoy a subscription to Equipment Echoes, our quarterly magazine covering the construction, dredging and surface mining equipment industries. Our Chapters form the backbone our our organization and serve to unite members locally.


Building expansion campaign announced

We have a problem!

The National Construction Equipment Museum and Archives are full to capacity with machinery and historic records, and a new campaign has been announced to expand our facilities. Click here for more information.



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16623 Liberty Hi Road
Bowling Green, Ohio 43402
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