Good bye beloved 277C, you worked hard in all conditions we put you through, you toiled for many hours with an operator that would rather have a Japanese name to play with, you worked effortlessly and tirelessly and gave use very little pain at the diesel pump, you loaded the taller side trucks with only a few crunched side boards, and even when you put up a fight with me and allowed a slab of concrete to land on the front window, you still performed. You were kind and gentle on your operators in times when we weren't being careful, and yet you still persevered. You showed us and others that a suspended undercarriage can work on all conditions and made a lot of people very jealous. But alas, we must move on, for you see, although we enjoyed your smooth ride and low ground pressure from your ASV undercarriage, we could not foresee keeping you longer beyond your undercarriage's useful life span, you were always hard to keep clean and you cringed at the sight of demolition jobs and coarse gravel. But for all you put up with in your short and brief 762 hours, you still performed, flawlessly. And for that, we thank you, and I salute you. Some pictures to remember you by. Alright, I get a little emotional sometimes, cut me some slack, I put 95% of those hours on that machine knowing what it could do. And here's what we replaced it with, it was a quick deal and we didn't want to wait 2 months for a D Series. Giddyup. I sure love vertical path loaders now! And Cat made some changes to the hydraulic circuits too, much faster bucket and loader cycles and no pressure spikes on the loader float release and down pressure, and it pushed like a locomotive. I also noticed it would pick up track speed after the anti-stall pressures went down after clearing through a tough spot, the previous C's had this annoying "creep" mode they would get stuck in after the anti-stall kicked in and you would have to stop, and start pushing again to regain more track speed. The XPS system will also open more doors later down the road.