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 Forum: Breakdown Cranes and Recovery Operations on Film   Topic: MP3 working at Skipton, 1967

Posted: 30 Sep 2019, 14:48 

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A freshly-painted MP3 working at Skipton.

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 Forum: News and Sightings   Topic: 96719 - The End?

 Post subject: Re: 96719 - The End?
Posted: 30 Aug 2019, 19:03 

Replies: 9
Views: 10842

I watched the first episode of the new programme"Train Truckers" that was broadcast on the"Yesterday" Freeview channel and I notice that in the opening sequence there's a very short shot of this crane being delivered by Allely's, so I think that its move will feature in a subsequ...

 Forum: News and Sightings   Topic: 96719 - The End?

 Post subject: Re: 96719 - The End?
Posted: 23 Aug 2019, 08:51 

Replies: 9
Views: 10842

At least the crane looks in excellent condition, and even if the ropes have been cut it may be that they were due for replacement anyway. A set of ropes is not prohibitively expensive. It would be a daft to cut a good set on a serviceable crane without good reason. There are some interesting goodies...

 Forum: Makers, Allocations, Dates and other Miscellaneous   Topic: 1934 Plate "Ransomes and Rapier Ltd - Ipswich England.

Posted: 30 Jul 2019, 16:34 

Replies: 5
Views: 5547

Hello Will, welcome to the forum! it is very interesting to hear of your father and I am sure that any anecdotes or stories he can recall from his time at Waterside Works would be warmly welcomed on this forum. The plate you have, with the D.5990 order number and 1934 date, could have come from almo...

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

Posted: 22 Jun 2019, 12:27 

Replies: 11
Views: 21381

It seems that some seven years after the crane moved to Crewe it is once again facing uncertainty. The latest Tractionads lists it for sale.

Hopefully scrapping is not being considered this time. Anyone know more?

 Forum: News and Sightings   Topic: 96719 - The End?

 Post subject: Re: 96719 - The End?
Posted: 22 Jun 2019, 00:49 

Replies: 9
Views: 10842

A note on the OTP website reports that this crane may now have been moved to the new facility of Locomotive Storage Limited in the old Hornby site in Margate.

Anyone know if this is the case, and if so whether the ropes were cut as speculated previously?

 Forum: General Breakdown and Recovery Discussions   Topic: Dedicated B&R Crew

 Post subject: Re: Dedicated B&R Crew
Posted: 20 Jun 2019, 17:19 

Replies: 14
Views: 38159

As far as I am aware all four of NR's remaining breakdown cranes have been kept at Springs Branch TMD for the last few years. There's a good photo on Flickr of three of them inside (I understand that there isn't room for all four). I have no idea how much use they get now. Photo:

 Forum: Introduce Yourself   Topic: Introduction - Brian Eves (Re: BDCs at Allerton TMD)

Posted: 02 May 2019, 16:16 

Replies: 4
Views: 5453

Hi Brian, I believe that the two cranes you describe are these:- RS1091/30 was a Cowans Sheldon 30-ton "modernisation plan" crane delivered in 1961 and initially allocated to Saltely. It was reallocated to Allerton in Feb 1969, and was later renumbered ADM1091/30 (the match truck number wa...

 Forum: Technical Matters   Topic: Clearances and lubrication for Steam Cranes

Posted: 06 Apr 2019, 14:03 

Replies: 5
Views: 10749

If I recall correctly the big ends of GWR 2 were originally oil lubricated and later converted (date unknown) to grease. Each big end is a large split brass casting with white metal insert, and a "Kingfisher" screw top greaser has been fitted where the trimming of the oil pot used to fit. ...

 Forum: Breakdown Cranes and Recovery Operations on Film   Topic: Craven RS1015/50 at Ingrow

Posted: 31 Mar 2019, 16:59 

Replies: 1
Views: 5093

Good find, thanks for posting.
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