Home to a dragline excavator known as "Oddball" at St Aidan's country park. Oddball, whose name refers to it having been built in the US to run on a 60Hz electrical supply rather than the UK standard 50Hz, it was brought to the UK from the US in 1946 and weighs 1220 tons. The group Friends of St. Aidan's BE1150 Dragline claim that it is the largest preserved walking dragline excavator in Western Europe. The excavator was originally christened Clinchfield and was used to surface mine coal from the area now occupied by St Aidan's Country Park. Taken from Wiki
The group hold 'open days' throughout the year where visitors can look around the machine and sit in the cab.