The International Steam Pages

Railway Cranes in Mexico, 2012

Thomas Kautzor reports on some preserved items recorded during his November 2012 visit.

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Chris Capewelll has added a little information on the 'off limits' cranes.

NdeM 4-wheel crane 3280 (Brown Hoisting Machinery Co., Cleveland, OH) at Museo del Ferrocarril Juan Salazar Rodriguez, Parque Rodolfo Landeros, Aguascalientes, AGS.

NdeM Burro crane No. 7 at the Museo Ferrocarrilero, Aguascalientes, AGS, on the site of the old railway station. Three more cranes survive within the nearby former workshops, however I was prevented access by security (which I later found out was outside their jurisdiction).

4+4-wheel Browning crane at Museo del Sitio Mina de Acosta, Mineral del Monte, HIDALGO (12 km NW of Pachuca).

The following were all taken at the Museo Nacional del Ferrocarril in Puebla. Only crane 19621 with its match wagon and pile driver 19626 are in the public viewing area. All other cranes are in the restoration and I was caught up by museum security before I could get any closer to them. I was however able to photograph some of them through the fence.

NdeM Bucyrus Pile Driver (“Martinete”) 19626, built 10-1912;

NdeM 75 ton 4+4-wheel crane 19621, built Browning Eng. Co., Cleveland, OH;

The restoration area had at least three bogie cranes, the first is 19614 (75T Browning), the second is 19619 (160T Bucyrus 1927), the third probably 19638 (100T Industrial Works 2267/1910).

Three 4-wheel cranes No. 1 (15T Browning)

No. 2 (17T Industrial Works 2293/13) and No. 4 (Talleres, 15T Wilson 1908).

I found 118 ton Bucyrus 4+4-wheel crane 19618 (C/N°. 4809) at Matias Romero station, OAXACA. It is lettered for Government owned FTXX, Ferrocarril Transistmico or FC del Istmo de Tehuantepec, which owns the line from Medias Aguas, VER. across the isthmus to the Pacific Ocean port of Salina Cruz, and which has been operated by Ferrosur since 2007. Next to it was a Burro crane, one of two at the station (not shown here).

Rob Dickinson