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Smiths, Rodley DW35 6-ton steam crane

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Restoration being considered Autumn 2020
[[File: DW35_20150307.jpg |thumb|200px300px|right| Smiths, Rodley 6 ton crane DW35 and crane runner DW75(Highley 2015)]]'''DW35 ''' is a 6-ton capacity steam crane, built by Smiths of Rodley, Leeds in 1949 for BR(W). The crane was mostly used at Radyr before being declared surplus to requirements at Swindon. Since arrival on the SVR in 1974 it has been used for Permanent Way work up and down the line. It acquired the nickname Toby Jiblets, which originated with Tommy Smyth, the redoubtable P.W. foreman for many years<ref>[ SVR forum]</ref>.
The ==Preservation==DW35’s predecessor, 2&frac12;-ton capacity ex-GWR steam crane is paired [[GWR RS38]], was used for engineering duties from 1968 until after the opening of the SVR in 1970.<ref>SVR Stock Book Fourth Edition</ref> DW35, with Crane Jib Runner DW75its greater 6-ton capacity, which was built acquired by the GWR at SVR in 1974 (the year services extended to [[Bewdley]]), arriving from Swindon on 31 May together with its crane runner match truck.<ref>SVR Stock Book Fifth Edition</ref> By winter of that year it was in 1927 use for an earlier permanent way work, having been "''rejuvenated by the provision of a new boiler''".<ref>SVR News 34</ref> One if its first tasks was the considerable changes made in both track layout and position of signals at Bewdley that winter,<ref>SVR News 35</ref> followed by the completion of [[Arley|Arley loop]] in spring 1975.<ref>SVR News 36</ref> It soon became "the steam crane", with RS38 leaving in 1978.
Over the following years, DW35 continued in regular service on Permanent Way work up and down the line. It acquired the nickname ''Toby Jiblets'' which originated with Tommy Smyth, the redoubtable P.W. foreman for many years<ref>[ SVR forum]</ref>. It was used on a number of major infrastructure projects, such as the refurbishment of [[Cleobury Road Bridge]] in winter 1978-79.<ref>SVR News 50</ref> More routine work included the relaying of sleepers although, due to the crane's limited reach, it could only lay in half the sleepers in a 60ft length with the rest being lifted and dragged in by hand. In 1982 this resulted in the first use of a tractor fitted with a hydraulic arm,<ref>SVR News 63</ref> foreshadowing the more recent use of [[Other rolling stock#On track plant|On-track Plant such as Road-Railers]]. Railway Heritage Register Wagon SurveyDW35 was used on another major infrastructure project, the installation of [[Bridgnorth Bypass Bridge]], during which it became the first vehicle to cross it on 27 February 1983.<brref>SVR News 67</ref> The following year it played a major role in [[The development of Kidderminster Town Station|the construction and opening of Kidderminster station]].<ref>SVR News 73</ref> On 31 July 1994 it scored another 'first' by becoming the first item of rolling stock to be turned on the newly installed [[Kidderminster Turntable]].Severn Valley Railway Stock Book Eighth EditionUse on permanent way and similar work continued well into the new millennium, for example helping with a major clear up at Kidderminster Carriage Shed in 2006 ahead of the opening of the new carriage washing plant.<ref>SVR News 156<br/ref>It was also used after the [[2007 Storm Damage]]; a picture of DW35 carrying out repair work at [[Highley]] appears on the front cover of [[Bibliography#Books|Phil Sowden’s publication 'The story of the Big Flood']]. However in recent years, lighter work of the type it used to carry out has been taken over by [[Other rolling stock#On track plant|On-track Plant such as Road-Railers]], with occasional heavier lifts being carried out by the [[Cowans Sheldon 30-ton steam crane]]. Consequently {{As of|2020|lc=y}} DW35 is stored in the siding at [[Eardington]], with the Presentation Committee exploring options to restore it.<ref>SVR News 211</ref>.  The crane is paired with '''Crane Jib Runner DW75''', which was built by the GWR at Swindon in 1927 for an earlier steam crane. ==See also==[[Other_rolling_stock#Cranes_and_jib_runners | List of cranes]]
*[ DW35 on]<br>[ PO 2686 7498 Crane runner DW 75 on vintagecarriagestrust.orgRailway Heritage Register On-Line]<br>
==See also==[[Category: Rolling stock owned by SVR(H)]][[Goods Wagons | List of goods wagonsCategory:Featured articles]]
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