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Author:  Chris Capewell [ 14 Jan 2011, 15:09 ]
Post subject:  Steel Company of Wales Cowans Sheldon steam BDC

Large capacity railway breakdown cranes in other than Railway Company or Military ownership are rare.
One which has pretty much escaped attention was that owned by the Steel Company of Wales. It was obtained second hand from the military following service in Europe from late 1944. It was a Cowans Sheldon 45 tonner ( works no. 8052 ) one of eight built in 1943 for the Ministry of Supply. Of the other seven - three went to the SNCF, one ( which still survives at the Budapest museum ) went to Hungary, one still in Suez in 1956 was handed over to the ESR, and one, uniquely oil fired, went to BR. It also still survives, as ADRC96718, at Llangollen.
Has anyone, please, any photographs of this ScoW crane, or any other information regarding it, or its sisters?
It was replaced by the CS diesel breakdown crane, noted below, in 1962; and assumed scrapped.
{{ 85.15 Steel Co. of Wales D H 85T 4+4W CS 207/62
( OOG, 27T axle load ) Article/Photo - IME,Rly.Divn.Journal, 2/3-1971, p.224 }}
Indeed; does this latter still exist?

Author:  Chris Capewell [ 02 Feb 2011, 11:36 ]
Post subject:  Re: Steel Company of Wales Cowans Sheldon steam BDC

Sister crane to this one here pictured, another of the wartime order of eight from Cowans Sheldon – photographed at Tapolca, Hungary, in 1982, when it was last in normal service.
MAV no. 223, it was probably ex British Army no. 223. ( Photo courtesy Chris Appleby )
Now preserved at the 'Fusti' Railway Museum, Ezhaki Depot, Budapest , where it sits alongside a Gyor built, German designed, crane ordered by the Axis power at much the same time. An interesting pair.
Any further information would be welcome.

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Author:  Chris Capewell [ 02 Jun 2019, 12:38 ]
Post subject:  Re: Steel Company of Wales Cowans Sheldon steam BDC

Railway Bylines June 2019 page 340. Margam Steel Works article by Allan Baker.
George Matthews photograph ( not attached ) of the ex Military 45T Cowans Sheldon BDC ( CS 8052/43 ) which had been bought by the Steel Company of Wales.
This is the only good, complete illustration of this crane that I have seen.
Until now this was what I have that can be published.

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CS 8052-1943  ex WD Steel Co Wales Port Talbot  JSB 692.jpg
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