Re: Question re: Lidgerwoods

William Canelos

Pacific Great Eastern had two of these machines.  They did not use them for truing loco wheels.  They were used by the wrecking crew to do wreck recovery.  There is an amazing book called "In the Ditch" by Eric Stathers  who worked on the wreck trains on the PGE and the recoveries they made using them show incredible knowledge of weights & balances as well as leverage.  PGE did not have a "big hook" only a 7000 pound crane. The Lidgerwoods along with that tiny crane saved their bacon time after time, A great read.

Definitely worth the read.  I got in on Amazon Kindle as an Ebook. 


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