overhead crane

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  1. railBuilderdhd

    railBuilderdhd Member

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    Here are a few shots I got today when I was out of a crane at Arlington Iron Works. I have more photos and higher resolution if you want let me know and I'll send them to you via email. There a re two cranes there and I didn't get a lot of photos but more then I posted here. I plan to return one day and get more when I start to build my crane.
    Dave
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  2. bigsteel

    bigsteel Call me Mr.Tinkertrain

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    what was the tonnage rating on that crane? its pretty cool looking.--josh
  3. TruckLover

    TruckLover Mack CH613 & 53' Trailer

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    WOW sweet pics!!!! :thumb: :thumb: :mrgreen:
  4. railBuilderdhd

    railBuilderdhd Member

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    No telling on what the tonnage is from the photos I got. I'll see if there is a sign next time I go by and photograph that as well.
  5. bigsteel

    bigsteel Call me Mr.Tinkertrain

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    i would just like to know as it may be a good prototype for reference on part of my loco shop or steel mill repair or even loading and unloading.--josh
  6. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

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    Wow! Nice shots! I think a lot of folks will find these interesting and useful!
    Ralph
  7. doctorwayne

    doctorwayne Active Member

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    The crane runway is pretty light-duty and the single sheave on the hook makes me think that it's not likely more than 10 ton, and probably even a lot less than that.
    Here's one that I scratchbuilt many years ago:
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    Wayne
  8. railBuilderdhd

    railBuilderdhd Member

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    That's great Wayne,
    I would love to see some more photos if you have to share.
    Thanks,
    Dave
  9. logicman

    logicman Greybeard

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    Wayne: I thought your first photo was a bonus one from Dave.
    Then I saw the second one and spotted the scale.
    Excellent scratch build! :thumb::thumb:


    Dave: I have plans to make a much smaller crane. Your photos help with
    analysing the engineering of some very old, grainy, b/w pics I have.

    Thank you both for sharing. :thumb:

    :wave:
  10. doctorwayne

    doctorwayne Active Member

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    I don't have too many photos of this crane, as its location makes it difficult to get a shot where there's not a lot of unrelated things in sight.
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    Originally, it was to be one of two in the casthouse of a blast furnace which I was building. When I realised that I had neither the money nor the space to complete the project (I was working from blueprints of the real one, which, at the time, was supposedly the largest one in North America), I decided to make the crane a composite of several in the mill where I was working. I built it from sheet styrene, with basswood shapes for the angle bracing and other structural shapes, including the handrails. The only commercial parts used were the bearing hubs on the wheels (from a 1/32" scale Russian tank), the wheels (old brass wheelsets), and the sheaves on the hook. All of the motors, gearboxes and pillow blocks were built-up from sheet styrene, as was the magnet. The crane runway is recent work, made from Evergreen styrene structural shapes, and built on-site. The access stairway housing is basswood corrugated sheet, left over from the blast furnace project.

    Wayne
  11. railBuilderdhd

    railBuilderdhd Member

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    That's a great job Wayne and thanks for the info on your build.
    Dave
  12. logicman

    logicman Greybeard

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    Ditto!

    Disclaimer:

    any connection between my use of the term 'ditto' and the movie 'Ghost'
    is entirely coincidental and should not convey the impression that I
    enjoy shared clay-puddling or warm showers. :mrgreen::mrgreen::mrgreen:

    Wayne - that build info and the extra photos will help me a lot. :thumb:

    Again:

    Thank you both for sharing.

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  13. doctorwayne

    doctorwayne Active Member

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    Here's a link to another crane, sorta. ;):-D

    Wayne
  14. logicman

    logicman Greybeard

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    Wayne: once again, great models and photos in that thread.

    You are truly a master modeller, yet you say of using programs like photoshop:

    With me it's the opposite - computers, logic and linguistics - that's my game, and I would like to think that I have some expertese there. :rolleyes:

    As for modelling skills - they're dizzying -
    you make me feel like I'm only an armature. :roll1:

    :wave:
  15. railBuilderdhd

    railBuilderdhd Member

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    Was the a crane heading to the new Gern factory Wayne? I hear they are expanding. If it's Gern it's gotta be good! I'm not sure what they need a crane for but the factory ordered it.
  16. Triplex

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    Those did stand out to me as something interesting, looking like they belonged on something other than a crane.
  17. doctorwayne

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    I had the parts laying around and thought that they'd look more interesting than a plain flat disk, for which, at the time, I didn't have a punch that would make a big enough disk. :lol: If I'd had such a punch, I would've also foregone the ship modeller's brass sheaves, as they're too thick, resulting in an overly wide hook assembly. Still, I'm reasonably pleased with the model, and think that it looks not too bad for one built almost 40 years ago.....:eek:.....although now, after saying that, I feel really old. ;):-D

    Wayne