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

Posted: 17 Aug 2020, 16:19 

Replies: 20
Views: 14684


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: 20
Views: 14684


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: 6677


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: 6677


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: 4433


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: 32311


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...

 Forum: Breakdown Crane Modelling   Topic: New for 2020

 Post subject: Re: New for 2020
Posted: 17 Feb 2020, 20:49 

Replies: 2
Views: 4879


Oxford Rail has also announced its intention to produce a "OO" rtr model of the CS standard 15 ton Mk1 and Mk2 cranes (as previously offered as a kit by D&S models).

 Forum: News and Sightings   Topic: For Sale

 Post subject: Re: For Sale
Posted: 12 Feb 2020, 20:41 

Replies: 1
Views: 4931


I'd heard this was for sale. It's a shame considering the amount of work that has gone into it and that it has only recently been restored to working order. They've done a very good job on it too. Whatever happens, I hope that its future is secure. After its twin was scrapped in 2010 it would be a s...

 Forum: News and Sightings   Topic: KWVR Bridge 11 replacement

Posted: 11 Feb 2020, 10:39 

Replies: 1
Views: 4627


How nice it is to see a 'heritage' crane still earning its keep!

 Forum: News and Sightings   Topic: Eastliegh derailment

 Post subject: Re: Eastliegh derailment
Posted: 09 Feb 2020, 12:49 

Replies: 3
Views: 5863


Interesting, thanks. I was sure that there's a good reason, but it's an interesting comparison.
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