Grafton Cranes
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Author:  Mick House [ 08 Nov 2012, 08:37 ]
Post subject:  Grafton Cranes

Looking at the On Track Plant site this morning I spotted Grafton 80117 on the North Norfolk Railway
I also noticed that we have no photos in the Gallery of Graftons and wondered if any Graftons were used on breakdown work, maybe 80117 was?


Author:  David Withers [ 08 Nov 2012, 10:35 ]
Post subject:  Re: Grafton Cranes

Hello Mick.

There is a brief discussion about this crane at viewtopic.php?f=5&t=87&p=326#p326. I've come across no indication, in Brownlie's book or elsewhere, of Graftons being used for breakdown work.

Author:  Chris Capewell [ 08 Nov 2012, 19:13 ]
Post subject:  Re: Grafton Cranes

I have never seen any Grafton suggested as a breakdown crane nor noted with a capacity above 10 tons capacity; neither for Britain nor for export.
They always were builders of standardised small machines.

Author:  Mick House [ 09 Nov 2012, 09:19 ]
Post subject:  Re: Grafton Cranes

Thank you for that chaps.
That has put that one to bed then.

I have some photos of other cranes, maybe you can cast an eye over
(01) DRT81144 at Norwich.jpg
(01) DRT81144 at Norwich.jpg [ 83.91 KiB | Viewed 12885 times ]

(02) DRT 81144 ay Norwich.jpg
(02) DRT 81144 ay Norwich.jpg [ 78.57 KiB | Viewed 12885 times ]

No date for DRT 81144 but taken around 1991/2
Unidentified crane at Toton.jpg
Unidentified crane at Toton.jpg [ 91.59 KiB | Viewed 12885 times ]

Again no date for unidentified crane at Toton but taken around 1990/1, I suspect this one is too small for breakdown work as well.

Author:  Phil Bancroft [ 13 Jan 2014, 19:34 ]
Post subject:  Re: Grafton Cranes

DRT 81144 is a Taylor Hubbard 10.16 tonne (10 ton) diesel mechanical Civil Engineer's crane. The crane at Toton looks even smaller, so definitely not breakdown cranes.

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