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I came across this image -The CIE 35 ton steam crane (made by Cowans Sheldon) at work in Navan station.

This was during relaying to accommodate the running of trains to the Tara mines

 

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Wondering when it was decommissioned, any other information on it and if anyone has modeled it?

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The crane at Whitehead is a GNR Cowans Sheldon 15-tonner.

 

Anyone who was at the Inchicore open day back in '96 may remember that IÉ had a crane in steam on the day, which could possibly even the one in the photo Kirley posted. Scrapped just a few years ago...

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The crane at Whitehead is a GNR Cowans Sheldon 15-tonner.

 

Anyone who was at the Inchicore open day back in '96 may remember that IÉ had a crane in steam on the day, which could possibly even the one in the photo Kirley posted. Scrapped just a few years ago...

 

 

The crane was one of two bought second hand from British rail they were re-gauged and modified in Inchicore

they were painted in a shade of orange

 

It was know as "Dicks Rig" irish rail made a short documentry about it apox 16 mins and put on VHS.

They tried to give it away but got no takers so they cut it up.

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Schalane if you can get photos please post them especially if it shows spacer trucks.

I have a Hornby breakdown crane in the roofspace and I was wondering on the possibility of modelling this crane,

the Hornby is 75 ton while CIE’s train was 35 ton.

 

Hornby BR Breakdown Crane (R6602)

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The Hornby breakdown crane model dates from 1971 and is based on a 75 ton rail-crane built by Cowans-Sheldon & Company Ltd of Carlisle. Twelve of the cranes were ordered by British Railways in 1960, ten of them steam driven and two powered by diesel engines. They were the most powerful lifting cranes in Britain at that time.

Like the real cranes, the model includes a jib-runner and two spacer trucks. When the model had first been introduced, the jib-runner had been a conversion of a flat wagon from cheap 'starter' train sets of the 1960s. From 1988 this was replaced by the 'Winkle' plate wagon, introduced in 1972, but suitably converted to provide a bar on which the jib could rest.

The set includes four ‘L’ shaped jack arms that plug into the side of the sides of the chassis, to stabilise the crane when lifting heavy objects. There is also a separate chimney. Over the years there have been at least ten versions of the model, most of them either red or yellow. The recently released version is red and numbered TDM1093 and the jib-runner is numbered BD956528.

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The crane was one of two bought second hand from British rail they were re-gauged and modified in Inchicore

they were painted in a shade of orange

 

It was know as "Dicks Rig" irish rail made a short documentry about it apox 16 mins and put on VHS.

They tried to give it away but got no takers so they cut it up.

 

They were yellow at the end, both cut up fairly quickly too.

 

The Crane at Whitehead is the former GNRI crane and the former NCC crane is at Downpatrick

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What are these then :confused:

 

That photo is a few years old now, Richie. In the time since it was taken, two of the A class locos and the C class have been moved to Moyasta, the other A has gone to Downpatrick, the Sulzer has gone to Cultra, and the Mk2s have met their fate at the hands of the scrapman, as have the two cranes.

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great find riche! can it be zoomed in and posted up?

 

This'll take you there - http://binged.it/QaCaPk - but, that's as close as it'll go..

 

A little closer on Google - https://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=inchicore+dublin&ll=53.337755,-6.33876&spn=0.00067,0.001206&hnear=Inchicore,+Dublin,+County+Dublin,+Ireland&gl=uk&t=h&z=20

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That photo is a few years old now, Richie. In the time since it was taken, two of the A class locos and the C class have been moved to Moyasta, the other A has gone to Downpatrick, the Sulzer has gone to Cultra, and the Mk2s have met their fate at the hands of the scrapman, as have the two cranes.

 

 

 

Interesting. what about the fertiliser wagons, 30 ton brake van and the Dutch gennie?

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Interesting. what about the fertiliser wagons, 30 ton brake van and the Dutch gennie?

 

All gone the way of the Mk2s, Des... :(

 

A couple of the rebuilt Dutch vans were still knocking around not so long ago, in use as brake vans for the fuel oil transfers. Have a feeling they could've been cut up after those movements came to an end.

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heres my addapted version of the hornby,...

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get rid of the rear pony truck, remove the pillar in the front truck and reduce the crane suppoer block. a dash af weathering and the cie logo and there you have it

 

Well done Heirflick, how long have you been hiding this gem?

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Well done Heirflick, how long have you been hiding this gem?

 

kirley, thats one of the first projects ive done many moons ago. i was clearing out the british stock that i no longer wanted , as the irish scene was starting up.i knew that cie had a few large crains so i kept this one. the weathering was done with (wait for this) a can of rust prevention spray paint that was nearly empty...just enough to do the job!

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I was searching on the web for more pictures on the CIE cranes and came across the following:

Steam Power replaced by Diesel

Found on the Breakdown Crane Association web site where it quotes,

“However the two which had been sold in 1973 to CIE (Ireland) and re-gauged were scrapped in 2009”

(See http://www.bdca.org.uk/steamreplaced.html)

 

Also on the “old Site” there were questions on the CIE Breakdown Trains in Dec 2010-

http://irishrailwaymodeller.yuku.com/reply/1208/Re-Steam-Crane-Inchicore

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Nearly 2 years ago now and HeirFlick is still giving of about the mother-in-law =))=))=))=))=))=))

 

its manditory to give out about her ...a way of venting anger in a structered mannor so nobody gets hurt!! ...its a great start to the day along with 2 wheetabix and coffee!

 

 

thanks kirley for the info. the 75 tonner looks so similar to our 35, where would the difference be...the engine or the rigging?

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