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Although the GWR registers held at the [[National Railway Museum]] record this crane as being built in 1892, the register also states that it was rebuilt from a broad gauge crane of unknown build date inherited from the Cornwall Railway when it was incorporated in to the GWR in 1889. This makes it one of the oldest GWR vehicles in preservation.<ref>[http://www.gwr813.org/pagen1.html Summer 1997]</ref><ref>[http://www.gwr813.org/pagen3.html Summer 2000]
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|caption    = GWR 601 1Ton 10cwt Hand Crane (2019)
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[[File:GWR 601 1Ton 10cwt Hand Crane.jpg|thumb|300px|right|Another view of GWR 601]]
  
The crane was acquired by [[The GWR 813 Preservation Fund]] in 1982 and is on display adjacent to [[Kidderminster Railway Museum]].
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'''GWR 601 1Ton 10cwt Hand Crane''' is on static display at Kidderminster Railway Museum.
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==History==
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According to the GWR registers held at the [[National Railway Museum]], this crane was one of several originally built at an unknown date as broad gauge cranes for the Cornwall Railway and numbered in the 668n series.<ref name=NL1997>[http://www.gwr813.org/pagen1.html GWR813 Fund newsletter, Summer 1997]</ref> The Cornwall Railway opened in stages from 1859 and ran from Plymouth to Falmouth. It was eventually acquired by the GWR in 1889,<ref>[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cornwall_Railway Cornwall Railway on Wikipedia]</ref> with the cranes being handed over to the GWR at Saltash in June of that year.
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Following the acquisition by the GWR, the cranes were rebuilt to standard gauge in 1892 and re-numbered in the 149nn series. In 1895 they were further re-numbered in the 60n series.  They continued in Departmental use with the GWR and later with BR until the 1980s. Their broad gauge origins make them probably some of the oldest GWR vehicles in preservation<ref name=NL1997>[http://www.gwr813.org/pagen1.html GWR813 Fund newsletter, Summer 1997]</ref><ref name=NL2000>[http://www.gwr813.org/pagen3.html GWR813 Fund newsletter, Summer 2000]
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==Preservation==
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[[The GWR 813 Preservation Fund]] acquired two of these cranes from BR(W) in 1982. An article in the Fund’s summer 1997 newsletter suggested that the one at the SVR was No 602 (ex-6687 / 14960) and the other, then stored at the Plym Valley Railway, was No 603 (ex-6688 / 14961). The article also noted the existence of a third such crane at the South Devon Railway, not owned by the Fund, which was thought to be No 601 (ex-6685 / 14959).  However a postscript in the same newsletter noted that an "identity crisis" had emerged over the SVR-based crane, with the number 6685 having been found stamped on the solebars in at least four locations.<ref name=NL1997/>
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A subsequent article in the summer 2000 newsletter noted that the identity of the crane at the South Devon Railway had been established as 610 rather than 601. As the GWR registers confirmed the history of No 6685 becoming No 601, the Fund therefore concluded that the crane at the SVR was No 601, with the true identity having become confused at some stage during BR ownership. However the Fund’s website and the Railway Heritage Register Wagon Survey both give the first GWR number as 14960, although the original article suggests it was 14959.<ref name=NL2000/>
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The crane is on display on a short section of track adjacent to [[Kidderminster Railway Museum]].
  
 
==See also==
 
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==References==
 
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==Links==
 
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[http://www.gwr813.org/pagew96.html 601 on www.gwr813.org]
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*[http://www.gwr813.org/pagew96.html 601 on www.gwr813.org]
 
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*[http://www.ws.rhrp.org.uk/ws/WagonInfo.asp?Ref=13888 GR ADW 601 on Railway Heritage Register Wagon Survey]
  
  
 
[[Category:Rolling stock at Kidderminster Railway Museum]]
 
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[[Category:Rolling stock owned by The GWR 813 Preservation Fund]]
 
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Latest revision as of 15:55, 1 June 2020

GWRGreat Western Railway 601 1Ton 10cwt Hand Crane
GWR 601 20191027.jpg
GWRGreat Western Railway 601 1Ton 10cwt Hand Crane (2019)
Built By Cornish Railway (rebuilt by GWRGreat Western Railway)
Status Static display
Number GWRGreat Western Railway 601
Other Numbers 6685, 14959?
History
Built Unknown (rebuilt 1892)
Type 4-wheel hand crane
Capacity 1 ton 10 cwt
Brakes Unfitted

Goods Wagons

Another view of GWRGreat Western Railway 601

GWRGreat Western Railway 601 1Ton 10cwt Hand Crane is on static display at Kidderminster Railway Museum.

History

According to the GWRGreat Western Railway registers held at the National Railway Museum, this crane was one of several originally built at an unknown date as broad gauge cranes for the Cornwall Railway and numbered in the 668n series.[1] The Cornwall Railway opened in stages from 1859 and ran from Plymouth to Falmouth. It was eventually acquired by the GWRGreat Western Railway in 1889,[2] with the cranes being handed over to the GWRGreat Western Railway at Saltash in June of that year.

Following the acquisition by the GWRGreat Western Railway, the cranes were rebuilt to standard gauge in 1892 and re-numbered in the 149nn series. In 1895 they were further re-numbered in the 60n series. They continued in DepartmentalRolling stock used for the railway’s own functions (engineering etc.) rather than for general passenger or goods traffic. use with the GWRGreat Western Railway and later with BRBritish Rail or British Railways until the 1980s. Their broad gauge origins make them probably some of the oldest GWRGreat Western Railway vehicles in preservation[1][3].

Preservation

The GWR 813 Preservation Fund acquired two of these cranes from BRBritish Rail or British Railways(W) in 1982. An article in the Fund’s summer 1997 newsletter suggested that the one at the SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society was No 602 (ex-6687 / 14960) and the other, then stored at the Plym Valley Railway, was No 603 (ex-6688 / 14961). The article also noted the existence of a third such crane at the South Devon Railway, not owned by the Fund, which was thought to be No 601 (ex-6685 / 14959). However a postscript in the same newsletter noted that an "identity crisis" had emerged over the SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society-based crane, with the number 6685 having been found stamped on the solebars in at least four locations.[1]

A subsequent article in the summer 2000 newsletter noted that the identity of the crane at the South Devon Railway had been established as 610 rather than 601. As the GWRGreat Western Railway registers confirmed the history of No 6685 becoming No 601, the Fund therefore concluded that the crane at the SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society was No 601, with the true identity having become confused at some stage during BRBritish Rail or British Railways ownership. However the Fund’s website and the Railway Heritage Register Wagon Survey both give the first GWRGreat Western Railway number as 14960, although the original article suggests it was 14959.[3]

The crane is on display on a short section of track adjacent to Kidderminster Railway Museum.

See also

List of cranes etc. on the SVR

References

  1. 1.01.11.2 GWR813 Fund newsletter, Summer 1997
  2. Cornwall Railway on Wikipedia
  3. 3.03.1 GWR813 Fund newsletter, Summer 2000

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