GWR 446 6Ton Hand Crane
|GWR 446 6Ton Hand Crane|
GWR 6Tons Hand Crane 446
|Built By||GWR Swindon|
|Other Numbers||ADW 446, I/U 060982|
|1982||Arrived on SVR|
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.
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 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. In March 2019 the crane and runner were moved to Bewdley (second picture below). In May 2019 both had reached Arley.
- 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
- SVR Stock Book Ninth Edition
- SVR News 86
- Railway Heritage Register Wagon Survey
- SVR News 71
- SVR Wagons Facebook 13 January 2019