Delivered new to William Gray, Shipbuilders, Hartlepool in 1948 as a 5-ton 4-wheel steam crane. On closure of the shipyard the crane was moved to British Steel Hartlepool c1963 and rebuilt by BSC on site as a 4-wheel 5-ton Diesel Mechanical crane with a Dorman engine. It departed BSC Hartlepool in September 1978 and moved to the Bowes Railway, Springwell where it remained until 15th January 1994 when it was moved to the Tanfield Railway. On the threat of scrapping, it was returned to the Bowes Railway in September 2009.
[The sightings at the Tanfield Railway which are logged after September 2009 will be of another Thos. Smith crane, a 10-ton Bogie Diesel Electric crane, number 24085 of 1956. Originally believed to have been delivered to ICI Billingham as No.5, it later worked at Tyne Dock Engineering, South Shields and was moved to the Tanfield Railway c1996.] There are also two other steam cranes at Tanfield.
Hi Bryan, yes and it's close to Kingsbury. It's the home of Moveright International, frequent movers of railway items. They have some otp bits at Wishaw including a steam crane which was once at Gloucester / Warwickshire Rly.
Roger has uploaded a photo of this trolley with a note saying "Sapphire trolley". It was previously thought to be the EGO US in a heavily modified/roof removed state; but upen further investigation, it seems to be the power vehicle of Geismar's SAPPHIRE self-propelled track geometry trolley. More photos of it with its recording structure can be found on Geismar's website.
Interestingly, the telescopic stabilisers actually have a different purpose (I thought the same) - they are used to raise and off track the vehicle, before/after/during a possession. The engine is mounted in the square box at the rear of the vehicle, however, an underfloor engine is being scoped, along with modular mountings. There was a lot of interest in this vehicle at the show!
This vehicle is actually owned (at present) by South Cave Tractors Ltd - it was hired to Balfour Beatty for the London Underground Contract (2013 to 2017) and was returned to South Cave c4/2017 off hire - it is currently available for sale or hire from South Cave, and is kept at their yard near Brough
Force One operate a fleet of road-based vacuum units (you can just make one out in the background of this photo). This Doosan crawler is their first RRV. It is fitted with a vacuum attachment/nozel and several pipes which connect up to the road- vehicle which does the vacuuming.
I am not sure if these are visible off the ramp. They are stacked up (with the trolley on top of the trailer from memory) just north of the Mini 4/4 and trailer but behind other items which obscures the view. The backs of them are visible from platform 1 if you look south and know where to look. They are also visible from the northern end footbridge, if you look south down the service road.
This is an interesting machine in that it has an universal joint between the tamping unit and the power unit. This means that it can swivel twist and tilt as well as operating on very tight track. It was used underground by the NCB.