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Surviving Railway Cranes in Asia (East)
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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 more pictures of cranes in this list which can be used to illustrate the article, as links are notoriously ephemeral.
There is now (February 2014) a working preserved example of a Z151 at the Shenyang Railway Museum - http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/102774/8545538.html - thanks to John Raby for this news (26th February 2014). This is the only one known so far, hopefully others will follow.
A fairly recent 'import' (September 2012) is a steam crane (TSC 9885) from Myanmar - see below which has been donated to the railway museum in Kunming (23rd December 2018), see http://www.myanmarailways1877.com/eng/content/brief-information-insein-workshop (link dead by July 2020). There is a picture about half way down this report http://www.chinesemodeltrains.com/tripreport_2016trip.html
The national rail system has no steam cranes in service; but industrial users have several breakdown cranes (Z601 type) and coaling cranes (Z151/Z152 type) still in operational service, many are ex CNR. Apart from the examples below, there are more pictures available on a separate page. In 1999, a standard Z151 type fuels a JF at Tongchuan (Rob Dickinson photo):
This is a Z601 at Jalainur opencast mine in 2007 (Rob Dickinson photo):
This is a Z151 at Beitai Steelworks in 2003 (Rob Dickinson photo):
This is a Z152 at Sandaoling in 2005 (Rob Dickinson photo) :
An interesting example in industrial use is
For more information on the Figee cranes see http://www.figeeforum.nl/viewtopic.php?f=18&t=38.(12th December 2013)
This is Jim Ballantyne's picture from 2006:
This picture is by Rob Dickinson
(link broken by July 2020)
This is Nick Bryant's 2001 picture taken at Semarang Poncol (added 26th October 2011):
Semboro Sugar Mill, East Java (added 20th October 2011)
These are Thomas Kautzor's photographs - it looks 'home made':
Japanese Railway Museums' website:
A note re the symbol "ソ"
This is Thomas Kautzor's picture from March 2017 (added 9th September 2017):
dead July 2020)
website under reconstruction 26th April 2014
These 2012 pictures (added 28th November 2012) are courtesy of Eddie Barnes, the crane was previously preserved at Tampin.
Gemas (Old station area) - updated 27th September 2013
These pictures of the above crane were taken by Les Gregory in Kuala Lumpur in 2005.:
Tumpat Railway Museum
The first three pictures are of the coaling crane at Prai, left above, Les Gregory 2013, right above Peter Green 2009, below left Rob Dickinson 1979. Finally the hand Crane, Les Gregory 2013.
By January 2017, Manfred Schoelr reported that with the exception of 9876 at Mottama, all the other surviving steam cranes were 'stored' at Insein Works, I am not sure if this includes 9881 from the isolated section at Hinthada. It now appears that 628 was still at Lashio at that stage as it was certainly there at the end of 2018 (note added 20th April 2020).
The following list was necessarily never completely up-to-date, owing to the numbers involved and likely movements, the last known location is given... By and large the latest update for 12/2011 on 17th February 2012, since when TSSC 9885 has been donated to the railway museum in Kunming, China in September 2012, see http://www.myanmarailways1877.com/eng/content/brief-information-insein-workshop (23rd December 2018, link dead by July 2020).
30T 628 at Lashio in February 1997 (Manfred Schoeler)
30T 9876 at Insein, February 2005 (Rob Dickinson photo)
This is the same crane 9876 at Mottama (allocated to MTBN, Murtaban) in January 2017 (Andreas Illert picture) where it is said to be potentially the last active example
This picture of 30T 9884 at Pyin Ooo Lin in December 2008 is courtesy of Manfred Schoeler:
35T 9886 at Mohnyin in February 2007 (Rob Dickinson photo)
35T 9888 at Insein, February 2005 (Rob Dickinson photo)
These pictures are courtesy of Dominic Bryant.
Korean National Railway Museum
There appears to be a preserved crane here illustrated on this page http://donsdepot.donrossgroup.net/dr1100/sp14.jpg. A plaque dates it to 1927, it is either American or a Japanese copy, rebuilt at some stage with a larger boiler. This is John Middleton's picture:
This is Su I-Jaw's picture:
A hand crane of unknown origin was present at Beimen depot in March 2015. Since this on the Alishan Railway, the gauge will be 762mm (2' 6")
Tham Krasae, Kwai line (hand crane added 3rd April 2014)
Makkasan Works, Bangkok
Chumphon (hand crane added 3rd April 2014)
Nakhon Sawan (added 8th July 2015)
This is Peter Green's 2015 picture:
(link dead 26th April 2014)
This is James Waite's picture:
Seen in January 2009 (Peter Green picture)
Pak Nam Pho
11 in January 2008 (Peter Green picture)
24 in January 2008 (Peter Green picture)
This is Thomas Kautzor's 2001 photograph (left, added 20th October 2011), the crane was still at the depot on 3rd December 2015 (right, Peter Green photograph):
Operational until quite recently - updated 24th June 2015.
This is 31 at Hat Yai in February 2009 (Nick Hiscock photograph, added 25th January 2013)
This is 32 at Chumphon in April 2008 (Peter Green photograph)
This is 33 in action at Thung Song way back in 1977 (Rob Dickinson photo):
This is 31 at Thonburi in June 2015 after diesel conversion (Peter Green picture). 32 in a similar condition was under cover.
Bernd Seiler originally reported "Thai Nguyen steelworks has at least one serviceable steam crane (which was never in use when I was there). I remember to have seen two steam cranes there." All standard gauge material in the country is relatively recent and originated in China when the 'new' link between Hanoi and Guangxi was completed ca 1954.
This is James Waite's picture from April 2008, Chris Capewell says that similar Dalian built 'wrecker' (breakdown) cranes have been found in China.
These cranes also appear to be Chinese in origin (Z151 or Z152) the first was certainly active for a group visit in 2014. The pictures are courtesy of Tim Doling (added 7th November 2014):