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

Posted: 22 Jun 2019, 12:27 

Replies: 11
Views: 24807

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: 13194

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: 42365

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: 7027

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: 12341

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: 6142

Good find, thanks for posting.

 Forum: Breakdown Crane Modelling   Topic: Hornby R197 75ton Recovery Crane (Crewe!)

Posted: 08 Feb 2019, 18:32 

Replies: 12
Views: 15607

I really don't think that that much thought went into it! Bearing in mind that it is a very old model, designed by Triang at a time when you were lucky if ready-to-run models even had the right number of wheels, I suspect the design brief was to produce a model with economical tooling that would cop...

 Forum: Breakdown Crane Modelling   Topic: Hornby R197 75ton Recovery Crane (Crewe!)

Posted: 08 Feb 2019, 10:01 

Replies: 12
Views: 15607

Hmm, I hadn't realised just how scarce Vol 2 has become! None of my usual sources seems to have a copy at the moment, but I'll keep my eyes peeled for you.

There are plenty of copies of vols 1 and 3 around, but not vol 2.

 Forum: Breakdown Crane Modelling   Topic: Hornby R197 75ton Recovery Crane (Crewe!)

Posted: 30 Jan 2019, 10:28 

Replies: 12
Views: 15607

The Hornby (ex-Triang) crane model is based upon the twelve 75-ton cranes build for BR between 1960 and 1963 by Cowans, Sheldon & Co of Carlisle. These are often, albeit slightly erroneously, referred to as "Modernisation Plan" cranes since the need for them was identified around about...

 Forum: Breakdown Cranes and Recovery Operations on Film   Topic: Barry Stephens {Eastleigh} home video

Posted: 04 Jan 2019, 19:41 

Replies: 8
Views: 16389

Steve, I will definitely still have the copy you were kind enough to send to me, but finding it may be as big a job as restoring No 2!

I will have a hunt round and let you know if I can find it.


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