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Surviving Railway Cranes in New Zealand

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.


Latest addition is the Timaru Harbour Board Crane (3rd April 2014)

Builders

  • CS = Cowans Sheldon and Co, Ltd., Carlisle, UK
  • Cravens = Cravens Bros., Reddish, Stockport, UK
  • Marion = Marion Power Shovel Company, Marion, Ohio, USA
  • R&R = Ransomes and Rapier, Ipswich, UK
  • S&P = Stothert and Pitt, Bath, UK
Railways
  • NZ(G)R = New Zealand (Government) Railway

A good web site on preserved New Zealand rail equipment is http://www.nzrsr.co.nz/, the cranes are under "Wagons".

Each entry below is arranged as follows after the location - for an explanation of 'Register Number' please see http://www.nzrcranes.org/numbers.html:

Register Number Railway Diesel, Hand, Steam Capacity in tons Wheels Works Number Comments

North Island

http:/www.motat.org.nz/
Auckland, Museum of Transport Technology and Social History (MOTAT)

283 NZGR H 5T 6W R&R ?/1874,  http://www.nzrsr.co.nz/images/big_25.jpg
338 Western Springs Railway, Coaling Crane

http://www.bushtramwayclub.com/
Rotowaro, Huntly, Bush Tramway Club

293 NZGR H 5T 4W R&R ?/1874 originally on 6W frame, rebuilt at Rotowaru on 4W wagon frame.
http://www.nzrsr.co.nz/images/big_29.jpg
225 NZR S 10T 4+4W CS 6112/1937 later ELS 104 3, OOU, under restoration 2013, http://www.nzrsr.co.nz/images/big_18.jpg
256 NZGR S 7T 4+4W CS 4425/1925 later ELS 50 6, OOU, expected to be scrapped 2013, http://www.nzrsr.co.nz/images/big_21.jpg

225 in October 2010, © Brian Garvin

256 in October 2010, © Brian Garvin

http://www.railfan.org.nz/
Glenbrook Vintage Railway

224 NZR S 10T 4+4W CS 6056/1936 with pile driving jib, later ELS 102 8, in use 2010
276 NZGR H 5T 6W R&R? ?/1879 http://www.nzrsr.co.nz/images/big_23.jpg

Hutt Works, TRANZRAIL

EL 600 2 NZR D 60T 4-6+6-4RB CS/NEI-CC 31658/1979 named “TWEETY”, Palmerston N. (1980-94), in use TRANZRAIL 2009.
EL 601 9 NZR D 60T 4-6+6-4RB CS/NEI-CC 31659/1979 named “SPEEDY", Hamilton (1981-94), in use TRANZRAIL until 2005 when fell in river and has not been recommissioned.

http://www.silverstreamrailway.org.nz/
Hutt Valley. Silver Stream Railway

124 NZR S 15T 6-4W R&R F2122-8/1944 in use, later ELS 159 9, http://www.nzrsr.co.nz/images/big_1672.jpg
163 or 164 NZR S ?5T 6W Whitaker Bros., Leeds, ca.1904 Steam Shovel, OOU

This is Kevin Hoggett's 2012 picture:

Paekakariki, Craven Crane Preservation Group

200 NZGR S 40T 2-6-2W Cravens, CF57/28474 / 1936 later ELS 400 7, under restoration to working condition, http://www.nzrsr.co.nz/images/big_16.jpg

Taumarunui, T.R.A.C.S.

226 NZR S 10T 4+4W CS 6363 /1937 later ELS 101 5, under restoration

http://www.tokomarusteam.com/
Tokomaru Steam Engine Museum

? ? S ?T 4+4W Marion 960/19?? Shovel
? ? Browning http://www.nzrsr.co.nz/images/big_1426.jpg

http://www.steaminc.org.nz/
Steam Incorporated. Paekakriki

313 Coaling Crane

http://www.steamrailwanganui.co.nz/
Wanganui, Steamrail

120 NZGR S 5T 4W Hillside Works 1904 crane works by Jessops and Appleby

http://www.steamnorth.org.nz/index.html
Whangarei Steam & Model Railway Club (Confirmation required)

-?- NZGR H ?5T 4W CS ?/?1924

South Island

http://www.gasworksmuseum.org.nz/
Dunedin Gasworks Museum

Steam powered, crawler shovel. Ruston No. 10 works 1031 /193?

www.ferrymead.org.nz/
Ferrymead Heritage Park, near Christchurch

227 NZR S 10T 4+4W CS 6364 /1937 later ELS 103 0, http://www.nzrsr.co.nz/images/big_20.jpg
277 NZGR H 5T 6W R&R? ?/?1879 http://www.nzrsr.co.nz/images/big_24.jpg
291 NZMR H 3.5T 4W Grafton & Co after 1886

These are Kevin Hoggett's 2012 pictures of 277 and 291:

http://www.shantytown.co.nz/
Greymouth, Shanty Town Heritage Park

822?. H 2T 4W Probably R&R timber frame, http://www.nzrsr.co.nz/images/big_26.jpg
-?- Greymouth Harbour Board S ?5T 4W S&P /1908 http://www.nzrsr.co.nz/images/big_1428.jpg
322 Coaling Crane

http://www.oamaru-steam.org.nz/
Oamaru Steam and Rail Association (updated 21st January 2011)

-?- Oamaru Port 11'0" gauge steam quarry crane S&P C7600/1926 http://www.nzrsr.co.nz/images/big_1430.jpg
See http://www.tdkv.com/en/aggregator/sources/19?page=3m (link broken by 25th October 2016) which shows it being moved to a themed playground at nearby Friendly Bay in 2011.

These are Kevin Hoggett's 2012 pictures of this unusual dual gauge crane::

http://www.obr.org.nz/
Ocean Beach Railway, near Dunedin

287 NZGR H 5T 6W R&R ?/1874 http://www.nzrsr.co.nz/images/big_27.jpg
356 Coaling Crane

http://www.flickriver.com/photos/martin-james/355766431/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Port_Craig,_New_Zealand

Port Craig, Waitutu National Forest

-?- Marlborough Timber Co. S ?5T ?4W Priestman /1920s very dumped, and isolated!

Timaru (added 3rd April 2014)

-?- Timaru Harbour Board. S S&P ?/1926 Washdyke Flat Road
http://www.stuff.co.nz/timaru-herald/features/8525525/Old-beast-in-need-of-some-TLC/

 

http://www.plainsrailway.co.nz/
Tinwald, near Ashburton, The Plains Vintage Railway and Historical Museum

-?- ? H 2T 4W Probably R&R curved jib, http://www.nzrsr.co.nz/images/big_36.jpg
? 3'6" S Butler & whitaker, Leeds, possibly some Marion parts Oamaru Harbour Board, http://www.nzrsr.co.nz/images/big_1429.jpg

These are Kevin Hoggett's 2012 pictures of these cranes:

Waimea Plains, NE of Invercargill (stored at unknown location)

142 NZGR S 5T ?4W NZR Hillside /1907

http://www.wekapassrailway.co.nz
Weka Pass Railway

EL 100 7 D 10T 4+4W R&R F5637/1943 Old no. 197, http://www.nzrsr.co.nz/images/big_1777.jpg

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS:

  • Philip Treweeks and his excellent and totally comprehensive website, including pneumatic coaling cranes! www.nzrcranes.org/survivors.html 

  • W.Prebble

  • D.M.Cole

  • NZRLS

  • Dave Rollins

  • Bruce Ward

  • Peter Tatlow


Rob Dickinson

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