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PostPosted: 08 Aug 2020, 22:30 
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"""""""""75 tonne Diesel Hydraulic Breakdown Cranes - ADRC 96710, 96713 & 96715
The three cranes are located at Network Rail/DB Cargo's Wigan Springs Branch depot.
Please note all viewing requests must be via Network Rail.
NB The cranes are only able to be road hauled from Wigan, a specialist road haulier with suitable experience and equipment will be required.""""""""""
See......... ... own-cranes

One of the four stored at Wigan had previously been offered to the NRM. Does anyone know the status of that matter?

Whether any preservation line would want one I cannot imagine - they are rather sophisticated.
I don't know when their last valid licenses to operate ceased.

This confirms that a classic fleet of breakdown cranes in this country is at an end - the use of supposedly trackwork dedicated cranes for any job not accessible to road cranes seems to be the future.

PostPosted: 10 Aug 2020, 16:31 

Joined: 23 Dec 2010, 00:07
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Location: Poole, Dorset
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!

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