Bodmin & Wenford steam crane finds new home in Scotland

THE Ferryhill Railway Heritage Trust in Aberdeen has saved Taylor Hubbard 10-ton six-wheel steam crane DRT 80169 which was declared surplus to requirements at the Bodmin & Wenford Railway.

Built at Leicester in 1947, it spent most of its working life on the Western Region, before moving to Bodmin in 1981. It has now made the 640-mile journey to its new home by low-loader.

The redundant steam crane is seen at Bodmin General on May 9, being loaded for its 640-mile journey to Scotland. JIMMY JAMES

The trust, which hopes to start steam operations on its site, has installed its refurbished turntable, which was removed from the site in September 2016 and has been under repair at eBlast and RIM Fabrication in Kintore.

An inspection revealed that parts of the turntable had suffered corrosion damage and about one-third of both ends had to be replaced during the £86,000 refurbishment.

Trust chairman Jon Tyler, said: “The installation of the turntable opens up all sorts of opportunities.”

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