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 Forum: News and Sightings   Topic: Llangennech derailment recovery cranes

Posted: 05 Sep 2020, 18:47 

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What a strange video - the cameraman panned through on the locomotive, not the crane. What was he thinking? :lol:

 Forum: News and Sightings   Topic: Stonehaven derailment recovery works

Posted: 05 Sep 2020, 18:45 

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My local informant tells me that the access road was in fact already there, and had been constructed to allow vehicular access to works taking place to the bridge over which the derailed train mostly passed. I think it may have been upgraded to suit its new use. His information regarding the road/cr...

 Forum: News and Sightings   Topic: Llangennech derailment recovery cranes

Posted: 04 Sep 2020, 20:02 

Replies: 7
Views: 2079


Good spot.

Interesting that a CRARRV is to be used (by now possibly is being/has been used) at Stonehaven. I think this is a "first" in the UK, the used of an armoured recovery vehicle at a railway accident.

 Forum: News and Sightings   Topic: Cowans Sheldon 75 tonne D-H Breakdown Cranes for disposal

Posted: 30 Aug 2020, 09:56 

Replies: 11
Views: 2556


Extended by one week, to 16.00 on the 9th September, apparently.

Perhaps nobody's submitted a tender yet.

 Forum: News and Sightings   Topic: Cowans Sheldon 75 tonne D-H Breakdown Cranes for disposal

Posted: 17 Aug 2020, 16:19 

Replies: 11
Views: 2556


Glad to hear '14 has an assured future, are you able to reveal where it is going or is it confidential for the time being?

 Forum: News and Sightings   Topic: Cowans Sheldon 75 tonne D-H Breakdown Cranes for disposal

Posted: 10 Aug 2020, 16:31 

Replies: 11
Views: 2556


The end of a long era.

I quite fancy one myself, but I suspect that they are not easily maintainable and spares will be a problem after a while. At least with a steam crane you can fairly easily make new parts.

I am tempted to try to arrange a viewing!

 Forum: Makers, Allocations, Dates and other Miscellaneous   Topic: Cravens 1902 25 tons Plate

Posted: 02 Jul 2020, 09:06 

Replies: 5
Views: 2283


With the amount of regeneration (or, depending on your viewpoint, extirpation of industrial heritage) that Birmingham and the surrounding area has seen in recent years, my initial guess would be an overhead travelling crane from a now-demolished factory. Whatever its origin, it was a great find and ...

 Forum: Makers, Allocations, Dates and other Miscellaneous   Topic: Cravens 1902 25 tons Plate

Posted: 01 Jul 2020, 16:28 

Replies: 5
Views: 2283


It is hard to say with certainty, but I think it is likely that it is from an industrial crane rather than a railway crane, since at that period Craven Brothers were very productive in the industrial arena. Possibly and overhead travelling crane? In 1902 a 25 ton railway crane was pretty substantial...

 Forum: News and Sightings   Topic: Darlington derailment 1977.

Posted: 24 May 2020, 16:47 

Replies: 1
Views: 1309


Believed to be the result of a deliberate act intended to derail or damage the train. The report is on the Railways Archive site at:

https://www.railwaysarchive.co.uk/docsu ... ?docID=808

 Forum: News and Sightings   Topic: LNWR 20/30-ton Crane Moved

Posted: 25 Apr 2020, 15:32 

Replies: 11
Views: 24705


An update to the story, April 2020. Sadly the fellow who saved this crane by buying it in 2011, David Lewis, passed away last year, which is why the crane was advertised for sale once again. The good news is that it has been purchased by the Lancashire Mining Museum located at Astley Green, Manchest...
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