Re: used to load and unload steam era freight cars...


Dennis Storzek
 

On Sat, Sep 4, 2021 at 12:40 PM, Philip Dove wrote:
In 1924 it seems incredible they didn't have some gas engine.
Which means someone would have to maintain it. These cranes were most often on public team tracks for the convenience of consignees receiving occasional heavy freight, which means they were used by people who weren't railroad employees, so if it broke, no one could be held responsible. The hand crank hoist was practically indestructible, and self limiting as to overloading. If a consignee was unloading a load every week, that was time to put in a private spur with whatever type of crane he chose.

Dennis Storzek

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