When Ferguson Tractors Went to the South Pole
Dec 19, 2011
In a recent Farm Life magazine article this historic moment was recounted, when Ferguson tractors were driven to the South Pole, becoming the first vehicles to be driven to the pole, and the first overland journey to the pole since Captain Scott in 1912.
In all seven Ferguson TE-20 tractors
were part of the Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition that was led by Sir Edmund Hillary from 1955-1959. Some of the machines had half-tracks installed on the rear, but others were fully tracked machines. Four of the modified tractors were gasoline engines, and three were diesel powered.
In a telegram sent from Antarctica, Sir Edmund Hillary said, “Despite quite unsuitable conditions of soft snow and high altitudes our Ferguson's performed magnificently and it was their extreme reliability that made our trip to the pole possible”
The TE-20s had retrofitted canvas covers over the operator to help protect them from the elements.