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Surviving Railway Cranes in New Zealand
This is just one of a series of pages covering surviving Railway Cranes across the world. Click here for the Index.
Chris Capewell (chriscapewell AT googlemail.com) has provided the following data, he would greatly appreciate additions, corrections and confirmation for data with a yellow background.
Of course, they are not cranes but New Zealand's steam log haulers shared some characteristics with cranes. They were built locally in quantity and quite a few survive, the most prominent of which is the one in the Kauri Museum. Information and pictures have been provided by Phil Barnes and I have now added supplementary links and information on others (updated 11th November 2019).
Latest addition are quite a few pictures from Phil Barnes' 2019 visit and information about pneumatic coaling cranes. Search for 'Phil Barnes'
A good web site on preserved New Zealand rail equipment is http://www.nzrsr.co.nz/, the cranes are under "Wagons".
Each entry below is arranged as follows after the location - for an explanation of 'Register Number' please see http://www.nzrcranes.org/numbers.html:
Note several pneumatic coaling cranes below; the text in the picture below explains their use (Phil Barnes' picture):
225 in October 2010, © Brian Garvin
256 in October 2010, © Brian Garvin
Hutt Works, TRANZRAIL
Click here for more information on 124's interesting history and pictures courtesy of Phil Barnes (added 18th October 2019)..
This is Kevin Hoggett's 2012 picture:
Paekakariki, Craven Crane Preservation Group
There Phil Barnes's pictures of 227 and 291 from a 2nd March 2019 visit:
These are Kevin Hoggett's 2012 pictures of 277 and 291:
This is Phil Barnes's picture of 322 from a 2nd March 2019 visit:
These are Kevin Hoggett's 2012 pictures of this unusual dual gauge crane::
Phil Barnes took these pictures on 12th March 2019 which perhaps better show the the mechanics of the upper part (added 18th October 2019)..
Lumsden Railway Station, Southland
The (closed) railway station is now effectively a small railway museum, one of the exhibits is this hand crane of unknown origin. Picture by Phil Barnes, 10th March 2019:
These are Phil Barnes' pictures of the hand crane, 10th March 2019.
Timaru (added 3rd April 2014)
These are Kevin Hoggett's 2012 pictures of these cranes:
Waimea Plains, NE of Invercargill (stored at unknown location)
These are Phil Barnes's pictures of the two cranes from a 3rd March 2019 visit: