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Negative - Victorian Railways 30 Ton Wrecking Crane at Derailment, Wangaratta District, Victoria, circa 1930 Image Reg. No: MM 6207

Description Of Content:
A Victorian Railways mobile steam crane lifting the wreckage of a 16-ton capacity I-type 4-wheeled goods truck from a derailment near Wangaratta, about 1930. The crane is one of two 30-ton wrecking cranes built at the Victorian Railways Newport Workshops in 1911, to designs of Cowans Sheldon, Carlisle. The cranes were given Victorian Railways Nos. 5 & 7.

Each crane had a 80 psi vertical steam boiler and a twin 8-inch x 14-inch cylinder winding engine, with a maximum load rating of 30 tons at 18-feet radius to 14 tons at 30-feet radius.
Acquisition Information:
Copied from Rita Morrison, 1988
The Biggest Family Album of Australia, Museum Victoria
Discipline: Technology

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Tagged with: accidents, goods wagons, rail transport, railways, steam cranes
Themes this item is part of: Images & Image Making Collection, Transport Collection, The Biggest Family Album in Australia Collection, Victorian Railways - Refreshment Services Branch
Primary Classification: RAIL TRANSPORT
Secondary Classification: Railways - Steam Power
Tertiary Classification: steam cranes
Format: Negative: Black & White; 35 mm
Place & Date Depicted: Wangaratta North, Victoria, Australia, circa 1935

The photograph probably depicts the aftermath of a collision between a motor truck and goods train at the North Wangaratta level crossing on Friday 19 April 1935, which resulted in 14 goods waggons (trucks) being derailed requiring use of a steam crane and large gang of men to lift the waggons back onto the rails. (The Argus, 22 Apr 1935, p.13, 'Damaged Railway Line - Repairs at Wangaratta', http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article12231420).
Organisation Depicted: Victorian Railways (VR), Victoria, Australia, circa 1935

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