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}}GWR hand crane 446 was built at Swindon in 1896 and had a 3 ton capacity while moving slowly, or 6 tons while stationary with the outriggers extended.<ref>The cast iron plate on the crane gives the maximum lift as 6 tons. www.vintagecarriagestrust.org and www.gwr813.org both give the maximum lift as 6t 16cwt</ref> This type of crane was a common sight in large yards, where they would be used for transhipping defective wagons and lifting heavy spare parts. They would also travel to smaller stations as required to load and unload wagons where there was no suitable fixed crane. <br>
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}}[[File:GWR 446 plan.jpeg|thumb|300px|right |Blueprint of 446]]GWR hand crane 446 was built at Swindon in 1896 and had a 3 ton capacity while moving slowly, or 6 tons while stationary with the outriggers extended.<ref>The cast iron plate on the crane gives the maximum lift as 6 tons. www.vintagecarriagestrust.org and www.gwr813.org both give the maximum lift as 6t 16cwt</ref> This type of crane was a common sight in large yards, where they would be used for transhipping defective wagons and lifting heavy spare parts. They would also travel to smaller stations as required to load and unload wagons where there was no suitable fixed crane. <br>
 
A large crank handle was used to raise and lower the crane’s hook. By attaching the hook back on to the crane itself (as seen in the picture to the right), it could also be used to raise and lower the jib. Once the jib was at the required height, locking pins would be put in and the hook detached to be used for lifting. Therefore, it was not possible to alter the height or radius of the jib while a load was on the hook<ref name=SB9>SVR Stock Book Ninth Edition</ref>.
 
A large crank handle was used to raise and lower the crane’s hook. By attaching the hook back on to the crane itself (as seen in the picture to the right), it could also be used to raise and lower the jib. Once the jib was at the required height, locking pins would be put in and the hook detached to be used for lifting. Therefore, it was not possible to alter the height or radius of the jib while a load was on the hook<ref name=SB9>SVR Stock Book Ninth Edition</ref>.
  
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==Preservation==
 
==Preservation==
[[File:GWR446.16.01.88.jpg|thumb|300px|right |GWR Crane 446 in use at Bewdley in 1988]] [[File:GWR_446_20150322.jpg|thumb|300px|right|Stored in the Stourport Triangle in 2015]]
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[[File:GWR446.16.01.88.jpg|thumb|300px|right |GWR Crane 446 in use at Bewdley in 1988]]The crane arrived on the SVR on 6 December 1982 from Bristol, having been acquired by [[The GWR 813 Preservation Fund]]. A small amount of work was carried out in 1983 in order to make it fit for an insurance inspection.<ref>SVR News 71</ref> It was photographed at Bewdley in 1987,<ref name=SVRN86/> although by 1998 it had yet to be restored and was stored at Kidderminster.<ref name=SB9/><ref>GWR813.org</ref>
[[File:GWR 446 plan.jpeg|thumb|300px|right |Blueprint of 446]]
 
The crane arrived on the SVR on 6 December 1982 from Bristol, having been acquired by [[The GWR 813 Preservation Fund]]. A small amount of work was carried out in 1983 in order to make it fit for an insurance inspection.<ref>SVR News 71</ref> It was photographed at Bewdley in 1987,<ref name=SVRN86/> although by 1998 it had yet to be restored and was stored at Kidderminster.<ref name=SB9/><ref>GWR813.org</ref>
 
  
The last photograph shows the crane in March 2015 situated in the ‘[[Stourport Triangle]]’, the junction of the Stourport Branch and the present day SVR south of Bewdley.  In January 2019 it was announced that the crane was to move to Arley for cosmetic restoration as a static display. The crane is paired with [[BR 707261 Crane Runner | Crane Runner 707261]], a modified BR Conflat, which will be swapped with [[GWR 2501 'Rotank' 6-Wheeled Road Milk Tank Flat Wagon]] that will better suit the crane.<ref>SVR Wagons Facebook 13 January 2019</ref> In March 2019 the crane and runner were moved to Bewdley (top picture). In May 2019 it reached Arley.
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The first photograph below shows the crane in March 2015 stored in the ‘[[Stourport Triangle]]’, the junction of the Stourport Branch and the present day SVR south of Bewdley.  In January 2019 it was announced that the crane was to move to Arley for cosmetic restoration as a static display. The crane is paired with [[BR 707261 Crane Runner | Crane Runner 707261]], a modified BR Conflat, which will be swapped with [[GWR 2501 'Rotank' 6-Wheeled Road Milk Tank Flat Wagon]] that will better suit the crane.<ref>SVR Wagons Facebook 13 January 2019</ref> In March 2019 the crane and runner were moved to Bewdley (second picture below). In May 2019 both had reached Arley.
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GWR_446_20150322.jpg|Stored in the Stourport Triangle in 2015
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GWR_446_and_B707261_20190323.jpg| At Bewdley in March 2019
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==See also==
 
==See also==

Latest revision as of 15:18, 12 August 2019

GWRGreat Western Railway 446 6Ton Hand Crane
GWR 446 and B707261 20190514.jpg
GWRGreat Western Railway 6Tons Hand Crane 446
Built By GWRGreat Western Railway Swindon
Status Awaiting restoration
Number 446
Other Numbers ADW 446, I/U 060982
History
Built 1896
Diagram H
1982 Arrived on SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society

Goods Wagons

Blueprint of 446
GWRGreat Western Railway hand crane 446 was built at Swindon in 1896 and had a 3 ton capacity while moving slowly, or 6 tons while stationary with the outriggers extended.[1] This type of crane was a common sight in large yards, where they would be used for transhipping defective wagons and lifting heavy spare parts. They would also travel to smaller stations as required to load and unload wagons where there was no suitable fixed crane.

A large crank handle was used to raise and lower the crane’s hook. By attaching the hook back on to the crane itself (as seen in the picture to the right), it could also be used to raise and lower the jib. Once the jib was at the required height, locking pins would be put in and the hook detached to be used for lifting. Therefore, it was not possible to alter the height or radius of the jib while a load was on the hook[2].

Service

The crane saw service the GWRGreat Western Railway and later with BRBritish Rail or British Railways(W).[2] It carried the DepartmentalRolling stock used for the railway’s own functions (engineering etc.) rather than for general passenger or goods traffic. number ADW 446[3] and was also given the Internal UserRolling stock used for the railway’s internal purposes (stores etc.) at one fixed location. number I/U 060982[4].

Preservation

GWRGreat Western Railway Crane 446 in use at Bewdley in 1988
The crane arrived on the SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society on 6 December 1982 from Bristol, having been acquired by The GWR 813 Preservation Fund. A small amount of work was carried out in 1983 in order to make it fit for an insurance inspection.[5] It was photographed at Bewdley in 1987,[3] although by 1998 it had yet to be restored and was stored at Kidderminster.[2][6]

The first photograph below shows the crane in March 2015 stored in the ‘Stourport Triangle’, the junction of the Stourport Branch and the present day SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society south of Bewdley. In January 2019 it was announced that the crane was to move to Arley for cosmetic restoration as a static display. The crane is paired with Crane Runner 707261, a modified BRBritish Rail or British Railways ConflatGWR telegraphic code signifying a flat wagon for containers, which will be swapped with GWR 2501 'Rotank' 6-Wheeled Road Milk Tank Flat Wagon that will better suit the crane.[7] In March 2019 the crane and runner were moved to Bewdley (second picture below). In May 2019 both had reached Arley.

See also

List of cranes
Rolling stock currently under restoration

References

  1. The cast iron plate on the crane gives the maximum lift as 6 tons. www.vintagecarriagestrust.org and www.gwr813.org both give the maximum lift as 6t 16cwt
  2. 2.02.12.2 SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society Stock Book Ninth Edition
  3. 3.03.1 SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society News 86
  4. Railway Heritage Register Wagon Survey
  5. SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society News 71
  6. GWR813.org
  7. SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society Wagons Facebook 13 January 2019

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