Re: modeling a crane question

David Jobe, Sr.

John – Do you happen to have any other information on Browning Engineering and perhaps this crane?  I have not seen anything further in the society’s archives.


For those interested, the crane was equipped with a swivel head trolley pole similar to those used on trolley buses.  The first image below shows the way the wheel is mounted at a  near right angle to the pole instead of in line with the pole.  So, in use at the coal pits, the contact wire was suspended to the side of the track rather than over the center line of the track.  In the case of a wreck or other maintenance work, one or two line crews would accompany the crane and temporarily remove the contact wire from the hangers, pull it to one side and rehang it so the crane could still use it for power.


Last, the crane had powered trucks and could move on its own.


David Jobe, Sr.

Saint Ann, Missouri


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This crane was built by Browning Engineering Company in 1911 as Illinois Traction 830.  Capacity was 43,500 pounds- less than 22 tons. It later became Illinois Terminal 01, as is obvious from the photographs.


The Tichy crane is a 120-tonner and much too large in all dimensions. so that it would be nearly useless as a starting point for a model. 


John C. La Rue, Jr.

Bonita Springs, FL


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The Illinois Traction had an electric wrecking crane that was used both for wreck jobs as well as digging coal out of the two underwater coal storage pits they had built.  I'm looking for recommendations as to how to model such a thing.  I have looked at commercially available kits.  It seems like the Tichy crane frame might work but that a new cab and boom will need to be scratch built or 3D printed or something.  Thoughts?  Still not sure how one would manage a metal crane boom with an overhead powered wire directly above, seems like an electrifying challenge...

This is from the Illinois Terminal Facebook page. 

From 1916.

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