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PostPosted: 09 Dec 2011, 12:16 
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Industrial Brownhoist bogie steam crane of the type used post war by the Brititish military and some industrial users. ... de=2026239

""""""""""" I have been approached by the Dutch Steam Association (Stoom Stichting Nederland, or SSN) to help try to find a new home for a little piece of industrial history. A worthy cause, I feel. The SSN, founded in 1976 to preserve and refurbish steam locomotives and carriages has an old steam crane for which it is trying to find a new home.

The crane, type 1AA1, was built in 1943 by the Industrial Brown Hoist Corporation of Bay, Michigan for the US army. Similar cranes were used during the Normandy landings. In 1946 the crane, along with three similar ones, was moved to the Piet Smit shipyard in the Netherlands, where it worked until 1977. The other steam cranes were converted to diesel power, but this one (number 23 in the yard) always kept its steam engine. In 1978 it was handed over to the SSN, which made good use of its 20 ton lifting capacity, but today it is just a curiosity that does not fit with the SSN’s collection.

I am told that the machine still works. It is 8.95m long over the buffers, drivewheel diameter is 830mm, total weight is 81t and maximum axle load is 30t.

SSN is not looking for payment – just a good home for the machine. If there is a museum out there, or perhaps another enthusiasts’ society, that can provide a home for this crane, they can contact Sander Husen ( Sander can answer any technical queries.

Further details of the SSN can be found at and a short history of the manufacturer, Industrial Brownhoist, is at

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