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Surviving Railway Cranes in Australia

This is just one of a series of pages covering surviving Railway Cranes across the world. Click here for the Index.

Chris Capewell (chriscapewell AT googlemail.com) has provided the following data, he would greatly appreciate additions, corrections and confirmation for data with a yellow background.

We would welcome pictures of cranes in this list which can be used to illustrate the article.

Latest addition:

  • Several pictures from Kevin Hoggett (search for 26th November 2014)
  • Picture of Crane Tank working at Newport Works, Victoria (31st May 2014)
  • Priestman crane at HMAS Cerbeus, Victoria
  • Stephen Tolhurst's website regarding NSWGR X10 http://www-personal.usyd.edu.au/~stephen/trains/X10.html is now dead, if anyone hears of its replacement, please get in touch (8th October 2012)
  • Photos of cranes at Glenreigh, Hotham Valley, Richmond Vale and Enfield (10th July 2012)
  • Glenorchy, Hobart picture (19th February 2012)
  • Wyndham WA, information and pictures (11th February 2012)
  • Cockatoo Dockyard, Sydney (2nd November 2011)
  • NSWGR X10 links and a number of crane tanks. (26th October 2011)
  • Macquarie Harbour, Strahan, Tasmania (24th October 2011)

Crane Makers:

  • Appleby = Appleby Brothers, Southwark, London, UK
  • Bucyrus  = Bucyrus Company, South Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
  • CS = Cowans, Sheldon and Co, Ltd., Carlisle, UK.
  • Clarke, Chapman = Clarke, Chapman, Newcastle, UK
  • Coles = Coles Cranes, Sunderland, UK
  • Cravens = Cravens Bros., Reddish, Stockport, UK
  • Davis & Primrose = Davis & Primrose, Leith, UK
  • Dubs = Dubs & CVo., Glasgow, UK
  • Grafton = Grafton Cranes, Bedfrod, UK
  • Harman = Alfred Harman, Port Melbourne, Australia
  • Harmon = Harmon Crane and Rigging, Kalispell, Montana, USA
  • HL = Hawthorn Leslie, Newcastle, UK
  • Industrial Brownhoist = Industrial Brownhoist, Cleveland, Ohio, USA
  • Industrial Works = Industrial Works, Bay City, Michigan, USA
  • Jessop & Appleby = Jessop & Appleby, Leicester, UK
  • Krupp-Ardelt = Krupp-Ardelt, Wilhemshaven, Germany
  • Lloyds Foster = Lloyds Foster, Wednesbury, UK
  • Morris = Herbert Morris Ltd, Loughborough, England
  • Newport = Newport Works, Victorian Railways, Australia
  • Priestman = Priestman Brothers, Hull, UK
  • R&R = Ransomes and Rapier, Ipswich, UK
  • RS&H = Robert Stephenson & Hawthorns, Newcastle, UK
  • Ruston Hornsby = Ruston & Hornsby, Lincoln, UK.
  • S&P = Stothert and Pitt, Bath, UK
  • Tangye = Tangye Brothers, Birmingham, UK
  • Taylor & Hubbard = Taylor & Hubbard, Leicester UK
  • TSSR = Thomas Smith and Sons (Rodley) near Leeds, UK
  • VF = Vulcan Foundry, Newton le Willows, UK
Railways and Others
  • BHP-N = Broken Hill Proprietary, Newcastle NSW
  • NSWGR = New South Wales Government Railway
  • PWD = Public Works Department
  • QR = Queensland Railways
  • SAR/SAGR = South Australian (Government) Railway
  • TR/TGR = Tasmanian (Government) Railway
  • USATC = United States Army Transportation Corps
  • VR = Victorian Railways
  • WAGR = Western Australia Government Railway

Each entry is arranged as follows after the location::

Number Railway Gauge Diesel, Electric
H
and, Steam
Capacity in tons Wheels Works Number Comments

Capital Territory

http://arhsact.org.au/index.php?Itemid=13
Canberra Railway Museum, Kingston

Lo55 NSWGR SG S to D 35T 6-4W R&R B7392/1914 later no. 1055, delivered with excavator bucket for coaling, converted to diesel 1972 See http://www-personal.usyd.edu.au/~stephen/trains/X10/1055.shtml
(link now dead)

New South Wales

The NSWGR had a special class 'X10' for leftover locomotives which included steam cranes and crane tanks - hence the many 10xx numbers below - see http://www-personal.usyd.edu.au/~stephen/trains/X10.html - link dead - for an introduction (added 26th October 2011, as were a number of links below to individual pages). 

http://www.lvr.com.au/
Cowra, Lachlan Valley Railway

LC1157 NSWGR SG D 15T 6W CS /1909  Nno. L456,  hand converted to Diesel? Possibly one of CS 3042-44/1908-9 (diagram 7065 ) for NSWGR
Picture
-?- 3T 4W coaling crane, Australian manufacture
1059 NSWGR SG S 5T Harman 1918 Lo34, operational. Picture 
See also http://www-personal.usyd.edu.au/~stephen/trains/X10/1059.shtml
(link now dead)

http://www.dsrm.org.au/
Dorrigo Railway Museum

178 PTC of NSW SG H 3?T 4W Tangye ?/18??
Lo09 NSWGR SG S 30T 2-6-2W Cravens.9158/1911 later no. 1050, see http://www-personal.usyd.edu.au/~stephen/trains/X10/1050.shtml
(link now dead)
Lo36 NSWGR SG S 5T 4W Harman 1918 later no. 1061 Coal Grab, see http://www-personal.usyd.edu.au/~stephen/trains/X10/1061.shtml
(link now dead)
1075 NSWGR SG S 4T 4W Grafton 2192/1923  workshops crane / converted to coal crane 1934 see http://www-personal.usyd.edu.au/~stephen/trains/X10/1075.shtml
(link now dead)
1070 NSWGR SG S 7T 4W Coles/1928 See http://www-personal.usyd.edu.au/~stephen/trains/X10/1070.shtml
(link now dead)
1081 NSWGR SG S 50T 4+4W Industrial Brownhoist /1944 ex USATC, see http://www-personal.usyd.edu.au/~stephen/trains/X10/1081.shtml
(link now dead)
X63 PTC of NSW SG D 3T 4W  Taylor & Hubbard ?/1953
-?- Hexham Engineeringr SG S 3?T 4W Appleby ?/19??
LC 1060 NSWGR SG S to D 120T 6+6W Krupp-Ardelt 204311/1957 converted to Cummins diesel 1991, see http://www-personal.usyd.edu.au/~stephen/trains/X10/1060b.shtml
(link now dead)
1052 NSWGR SG S 7T 0-4-0CT HL 3035/1914 See http://www-personal.usyd.edu.au/~stephen/trains/X10/1052.shtml
(link now dead)
1067 NSWGR SG S 7T 0-4-0CT HL 3564/1923 Dismantled, see http://www-personal.usyd.edu.au/~stephen/trains/X10/1067.shtml
(link now dead)
1067 NSWGR SG S 7T 0-4-0CT HL 3565/1924 Jib transferred to 1052. See http://www-personal.usyd.edu.au/~stephen/trains/X10/1068.shtml
(link now dead)

This is a picture of the chassis of 1050 at Glenreigh in 1995 by Jeff Mullier (added 10th July 2012):

This picture of 1081 taken in Nov 2010 is © Brian Garvin:

Eveleigh, Advanced Technology Park

1083 NSWGR SG S 1T 0-40CT RS&H 7543/1950 See http://www-personal.usyd.edu.au/~stephen/trains/X10/1083.shtml
(link now dead) and http://www.australiansteam.com/1083.htm

This 2007 picture by Ray Gardiner shows 1083 stored inside, it is now displayed outside:

Goulborn

-?- ? ? S 7T 4W Clarke, Chapman
1072 NSWGR SG S to D 70T 2-6-2W Cravens 12030+12031
+12032/1928?

converted to diesel 1971, reported here by 9th January 2010. See http://www-personal.usyd.edu.au/~stephen/trains/X10/1072.shtml
(link now dead)

1076 NSWGR SG S 0-6-0T VF 995/1885 0-6-0T, converted to crane with jib of 1027 in 1937, converted back 1959. See http://www-personal.usyd.edu.au/~stephen/trains/X10/1076.shtml
(link now dead) and http://www.australiansteam.com/1076.htm

This is a picture of 1072 whilst still in storage at Delec at Enfield in 2000 by Jeff Mullier (added 10th July 2012):

Grafton Depot Last reported 2005 Information required please.

Lo56 NSWGR SG S to D 35T 6-4W R&R B7392/1914 later no. 1056, converted. to diesel 1974?, stored oou, awaiting decision, 2005. See http://www-personal.usyd.edu.au/~stephen/trains/X10/1056.shtml (link now dead)

http://www.roundhousemuseum.com.au/
Junee Roundhouse Museum

1080 NSWGR SG  S 50T 4+4W Industrial Brownhoist,  7504/1944 ex USATC to NSWGR 7/47, in use / steamable. See http://www-personal.usyd.edu.au/~stephen/trains/X10/1080.shtml
(link now dead)

Port Kembla Heritage Park

- PWD, NSWGovt S 30T CS / 1901 Travelling Tripod Blocklayer

This picture taken in Nov 2010 is © Brian Garvin:

http://www.richmondvalerailwaymuseum.org/
Richmond Vale

2 BHP-N SG S 60T 4+4W Industrial Works 2967/1913
5 BHP-N SG S 15T 4+4W Industrial Works  4146/1920
4 BHP-N SG D 5T 4W Coles / ?
1073 NSWGR SG S to D 70T 2-6-2W Cravens 12030+12031
+12032/1928?
converted to diesel 1968. See http://www-personal.usyd.edu.au/~stephen/trains/X10/1073.shtml
(link now dead)

This picture of 1073 taken in Nov 2010 is © Brian Garvin:

Kevin Hoggett's picture of the same crane in 2014: (26th November 2014)

This is a picture of 1073 unloading the bogies of ex BHP Newcastle Treadwell hot metal car in 2002 by Jeff Mullier (added 10th July 2012):

This is Kevin Hoggett's picture of 4 in 2014: (26th November 2014)

These are Kevin Hoggett's picture of 2 and 5 in 2014: (26th November 2014)

http://www.railpage.com.au/f-t12494.htm
Hunter Valley Railway Trust (Rothbury Riot Museum), Branxton

?? Collection to move to Lithgow in 2012?, Information required please.

Lo07 NSWGR SG S 30T 4+4W CS 3012/1908 later no. 1048, see http://www-personal.usyd.edu.au/~stephen/trains/X10/1048.shtml
(link now dead)
Said to have been sold to the Dorrigo Railway museum but still on site here.
1662 NSWGR SG D ?4T 4W Taylor & Hubbard/1940s? ex Chullora Works
2150 NSWGR SG S 3T 4W Grafton 2150/1925 ex Chullora Works
2151 NSWGR SG S 3T 4W Grafton 2150/1925 ex Chullora Works (jib carries P1010)

This is the Cowans Sheldon crane in Nov 2010 © Brian Garvin

http://www.cockatooisland.gov.au
Sydney Harbour Federation Trust, Cockatoo Dockyard

62 Cockatoo Dockyard SG S 1T 4W ?TSSR /?1890s
-?- Cockatoo Dockyard BG S ?5T 4W ? /?1890s Quayside
-?- Cockatoo Dockyard Fixed S ?4T -- Morts Dock /1891
7 3ft or 3ft 6" Davis & Primrose 1912 Lacks boiler

Bob McKillop has provided the pictures below from an October 2010 visit. He has also provided a set of pictures of the rail mounted dockside cranes which are preserved here )which are strictly not part of this project but are well worthy of some publicity).

7 as restored:

Morts Dock Crane and Boiler

http://www.powerhousemuseum.com/
Sydney, Powerhouse Museum, Castle Hill Discovery Centre

1082 NSWGR SG S 1T 0-40CT RS&H 7542/1950 See http://www-personal.usyd.edu.au/~stephen/trains/X10/1082.shtml
(link now dead) and http://www.australiansteam.com/1082.htm

http://www.nswrtm.org/
Thirlmere, New South Wales Rail Transport Museum

Lo39 NSWGR SG S 3T 4W Harman 1918 later no. 1064, see http://www-personal.usyd.edu.au/~stephen/trains/X10/1064.shtml
(link now dead)
L1321 NSWGR SG H 10T 6W CS 1327/1884 one of three for Sydney & Paramatta Rly., latterly at Moree, nicknamed 'HERNIA'.
30 BHP, Port Kembla SG D 70/80T 4+4W Brownhoist /ca 1960
1034 NSWGR SG S 4T 0-4-0CT Dubs 2250/1866 See http://www.australiansteam.com/1034.htm and http://www-personal.usyd.edu.au/~stephen/trains/X10/1034.shtml
(link now dead)
(1077) NSWGR SG S 4T? 0-6-0T ex 0-6-0CT VF 944/1884 Carries the original 1803. Converted to CT and renumbered 1937, converted back 1945. See http://www-personal.usyd.edu.au/~stephen/trains/X10/1077.shtml
(link now dead) and http://www.australiansteam.com/1803.htm

This is Kevin Hoggett's 2014 picture of 1034 and L1321 (added 26th November 2014):


Queensland

Claremont, Blair Athol Coal Mine

1927 Ruston No. 6 crawler mounted revolving steam shovel.

Cloncurry, Mary Kathleen Memorial Park

-?- QR 3'6" H 7T 4+4W ? / 189?

http://www.theworkshops.qm.qld.gov.au
Ipswich Railway Museum, The Workshops Rail Museum

4 QR 3'6" D 16T 4+4W Krupp-Ardelt /1967
-?- QR 3'6" D 40T 6+6W CS 128/1961

http://www.truelocal.com.au/business/rosewood-railway-museum-kunkala-railway/ashwell
Kunkala, Rosewood Railway Museum

5665 QR 3'6" H 3?/5T 4W CS 1078/1881
431 QR 3’6” S 15T 6-4W R&R B7114/1914
1 QR 3'6" D 16T 4+4W Krupp-Ardelt /1967

http://www.qpsr.net/
Swanbank, Queensland Pioneer Steam Railway

5666 QR 3'6" H 2T 4W  CS 10??/1881

Northern Territory

Darwin, Palmerston

34?? SAR(N) 3'6" H ?5/10T 6W CS 1407/1885 now four wheel, no jib

South Australia

http://www.natrailmuseum.org.au/
Adelaide, Port Dock, National Railway Museum

3 SAR 3'6" S to D 60T 4+4W CS 4470/1925 converted to 5'3" 1929, converted to diesel ?1972
old no.3 / 2327 SAR 5'3" H 5T 4W CS 1129/1881

Goolwa  (added 26th November 2014)

SAR (?) 5'3" (?) H 4W "on a welded frame which appears recent"

This is Kevin Hoggett's 2014 picture:

http://www.steamranger.org.au/
Mount Barker, Steamranger Heritage Railway

? SAR 5'3" H ?5T 4W SAR Islington Works / 1921?

Port Augusta, Homestead Park, Pioneer Museum (Reported by Kevin Hoggett in 2014 as being "plinthed in a yard belonging to a crane hire firm alongside the main road."

3 CR/SAGR SG S 30T 8W R&R B6879/1913 Imported via Agents - John Birch and Co., via Leslie and Co., Perth, W.A.

These are Kevin Hoggett's 2014 pictures (added 26th November 2014):

http://www.prr.org.au/cms/index.php
Quorn, Pichi Richi Railway

4887 SAR(PL) 3'6" H 5T 4W CS 3242/1913 Departmental withdrawn 8/1970 ) unsprung yard crane ex Port Lincoln Division.

http://members.iinet.net.au/~hoppi/RuralLife.html
Robinvale Rural Life Museum, S. A.

Hawke, Kapunda, S.A., approx 3'6" gauge, 4W, ?5T, self propelled diesel powered conversion of hand crane, ex Euston Weir, Murray River Commissioners

Tasmania

http://www.railtasmania.com/ttms/
Tasmanian Railway Museum, Glenorchy

1 TR 3'6" H 5T 4W S&P ? /c.1888 

These 2011 pictures are courtesy of John Kramer:

http://www.donriverrailway.com.au/
Don River Railway, Devonport

6 TGR 3'6" H 10T 4+4W CS 1552/1887 CS diagram 2205

Hobart, Constitution Dock, Tasmanian Heritage Council

Quayside crane, broad gauge, 8W, Jessop and Appleby / 1906, see http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_zjxDM-izfK4/TTqALCflA8I/AAAAAAAAPpk/v4f-5W9ofJo/s1600/IMG_5078.JPG. James Parnell adds that it was last used in 1954 according to government boiler records.

Macquarie Harbour, Strahan (added 24th October 2010)

James Parnell adds that it was last used in about 1957. These are James Day's photographs:


Victoria

http://www.lakegoldsmithsteamrally.org.au/
Lake Goldsmith, Lake Goldsmith Steam Preservation Society near Beaufort.

-?- VR 5'3" S 5T 4W TSSR /192? 
-?- VR 5'3" H 6T 4W Lloyds Foster, ?/1879
Ruston Hornsby, /1923 No. 4 Australian Portland Cement Company Limited, Fyansford (Geelong) Quarry, Face Shovel
Bucyrus / 1903 model 65C rail mounted non-rotating steam shovel. Formerly at Geelong, http://home.pacific.net.au/~railnewsv/120506Su-P1050755-LakeGoldsmith-Bucyrus_crane-RSmith.jpg
http://www.lakegoldsmithsteamrally.org.au/images/bucyrus4.jpg
http://www.lakegoldsmithsteamrally.org.au/images/bucyrus1.jpg

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Echuca_Wharf
Echuca Historic Wharf

K279 VR 5'3" H ?2T 4W ?Rawlings, Melbourne 1874

HMAS Cerbeus - Navy Steam Club (22nd June 2013)

A991 5'3" S 3T 4W Priestman

The crane was originally purchased in 1912 by the Commonwealth of Australia, Department of Defence for the Naval Forces of the Commonwealth to be utilised in the construction of the Flinders Naval Base (now called HMAS Cerberus). It was used on a steel tramway of Irish Gauge (5’3”) which ran along the wharf at the base and assisted in the building of the base (the base was commissioned in 1921).

The crane was sold by the Commonwealth Disposal Commission by Auction on 28 August 1946. It was purchased by Feiglin Timber Merchants and used in their Yard in Nunawading, Victoria to load timber. It was then on sold sometime in the late 1980’s to a steam enthusiast Tod Watson, who displayed the crane at his Machinery and Steel Yard in Echuca, Victoria. He moved his business (and crane) to Albury in the early 2000’s.

Melbourne, Yarraville Sugar Refinery, Sugar Australia

SACo ? E 2T 4W Jessop & Appleby ?/ca.1909

http://museumvictoria.com.au/scienceworks/
Spotswood, Melbourne, Scienceworks Museum

Z526 VR 5'3" S 0-6-0T ex 0-6-0CT Newport 1893  Converted to CT 1903 and converted back again 1983

http://www.arhsvic.org.au/index.php/museum (link amended 16th October 2013)
North Williamstown, Newport

19 VR 5'3" S 60T 4+4W Newport 1942

Ordered circa 1929 from Cowans, Sheldon, based on 1925 LNER 45 Ton bogie-type upgraded to 60 Tons, as needed for the new VR larger locos. Drawings and castings sent out; with structural components to be supplied by Newport Works. Construction cancelled due to depression. Remained un-built until WW2.

36 VR 5'3" S 5T 4W TSSR 11003/1929  Withdrawn 1981, supplied via Agents - Gibson, Battle, Melbourne
73 VR 5'3" H 6T 4W Lloyds Foster, /1879
K??? VR 5'3" H ?2T 4W Rawlings, Melbourne 1890 ex Geelong Loco. Depot
2 VR 5'3" S 5T 0-6-0CT Dubs 2711/1890

This picture of crane tank 2 at work was taken by Bob Wilson at Newport Works, ca 1963 (added 31st May 2014):


Western Australia

http://www.railheritagewa.org.au/museum/museum.htm
Bassendean Railway Museum, Perth

3 WAGR 3’6” S 10T 6W R&R 773/1897 Unsprung yard crane, ex Midland Works.
7 WAGR 3’6” H 7T 6W CS 2073/1896

PWD -?- Hand crane, possibly R&R, ex Freemantle Wharf, jib marked HR (upArrow) PWD, upper works only

http://www.collectionsaustralia.net/org/1279/about/
Boyanup Museum of Transportation and Rural Industries

-?- unidentified steam ( travelling or platform? ) crane, 3T, stated as ex Bunbury Yard.
PWD 43 PWD 3'6" S 2.5T 4W TSSR 20347/1952?

Port Headland, BHP

-?- WAGR 3'6" H 7T 6W CS 2075/1896

http://www.pemtram.com.au/
Pemberton Tramway

31 WAGR 3'6" S to D-CA 60T 6+6W CS 9712/1953 converted to diesel/compressed air operation retaining original cylinders, in daily use

Pilbarra, Marble Bar

-?- dumped crane, possibly TSSR.

http://www.hothamvalleyrailway.com.au/
Pinjarra, Hotham Valley Railway

26 WAGR 3'6" S 5T 6W R&R 6307/1912 One of an order for 3 cranes (numbered by batch)
23 WAGR 3'6" S 25T 2-6-2W Cravens.9221/1912 for Agent General WA

See the ‘bottom’ end of this entry ……. http://steam-locomotives-south-africa.blogspot.com/search/label/%3D%20Craven%20steam%20crane%20%3F%3F%3F%3F%2F1921

This is a picture of 23 at Hotham Valley in 1995 by Jeff Mullier (added 10th July 2012):

http://www.whitemanpark.com.au/attractions/whiteman-explorer.aspx
Perth, Whiteman Park

SG ?T 4W Bucyrus 14B / 68267A c. 1910? Steam Shovel
Photograph 

Stated, but not confirmed, to have been used on Trans Australia Railway construction, Whiteman Collection, owned by the Western Australian Planning Commission

Wyndham, site of disused Vestey Meat Packing Works

-?- PWD 3’6” S ?5T 4W Jessop & Appleby No recent reports
-?- PWD 3’6” S ?3T 4-4W? Morris No recent reports

These 1992 pictures are courtesy of Jeff Austin, left Jessop & Appleby, right Morris.:


Thanks to:

Chris West, Chris Appleby, Ivor Harding, Brian Garvin, Brian Manktelow, Ray Schofield, Dave Rollins, Ron Fluck, Ian Barkla, Brian Williams, Ray Ellis, Stephen Tolhurst (see his website regarding NSWGR X10 http://www-personal.usyd.edu.au/~stephen/trains/X10.html (link now dead)), Bruce Evans, Bruce Ward, Jeff Austin.


Rob Dickinson

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