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 Post subject: Re: Remaining wreckers
PostPosted: Tue Feb 28, 2017 9:03 am 

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Location: Calgary, ALberta, Canada
It has been pulled out of service since 2014, requiring a new boiler.


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 Post subject: Re: Remaining wreckers
PostPosted: Tue Feb 28, 2017 12:26 pm 

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Thanks, I will update my files. These photos were taken about six years after your wrecker was built but give an idea of what the Bucyrus plant looked like.

US Government cranes
160 ton https://catalog.archives.gov/id/45486406
150 ton https://catalog.archives.gov/id/45486404
150 ton https://catalog.archives.gov/id/45486402
150 ton https://catalog.archives.gov/id/45486400


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 Post subject: Re: Remaining wreckers
PostPosted: Wed Mar 01, 2017 3:06 pm 

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Here are three more "maybes". Anyone have any newer information on them?

3930 160t W 1919 Norfolk & Western #4967 to #514901 $49,931.77
(converted to diesel) retired 01-11-62
Alton & Southern RR East St. Louis, IL (here 1965)
Ontario Northland Ry #503 North Bay, ON
Ottawa Valley Ry #503 North Bay, ON 10-96 (here 2008)
4408 160t W 1924 Canadian National Ry #50004 (to diesel)
Hudson Bay Ry #50004 1997 (here 2011)
5112 200t W 1930 Canadian National #50016 (conv to diesel)
unknown scrap dealer Kamloops, BC
Kelowna Pacific Ry #50016 Vernon, BC (here 06-11)
http://www.barp.ca/rail/kpr/images/DSC03183.JPG


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 Post subject: Re: Remaining wreckers
PostPosted: Thu Mar 16, 2017 7:31 am 

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Chalk up another one to the "(Possibly) Saved" category:

A mate of mine reports spotting a CSX derrick (985250) and auxiliary flat (992674) at Spruce Pine, NC on the former Clinchfield yesterday, with NCMX reporting marks added, apparently for the North Carolina Transportation Museum.

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 Post subject: Re: Remaining wreckers
PostPosted: Thu Mar 16, 2017 9:20 am 

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Thanks for the nfo on the Spruce Pine wrecker. I thaught it had been moved to Spencer already. Here is what I have on it:

Industrial Brownhoist C/N 11729 250 tons Wrecker Steam (to diesel 1970) 1946
Atlantic Coast Line RR #65358
Seaboard Cost Line RR #765250
Seaboard System #765250 (converted to diesel & new boom 1970)
CSXT #985250 Waycross, GA
Bud Phillips-Mitchel Lbr. Co. Spruce Pine, NC 1993
NCTM 07-16 (still at Spruce Pine 03-15-17)
http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPi ... id=3169768
(This crane and Canadian Pacific #414501 have the same C/N.)


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 Post subject: Re: Remaining wreckers
PostPosted: Fri Mar 17, 2017 4:35 pm 

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Question: does anyone know how many wreckers the ACL would have had in service in the 1950's/1960's?

In general,did mainline railroads have many wreckers or just a few?

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 Post subject: Re: Remaining wreckers
PostPosted: Fri Mar 17, 2017 6:45 pm 

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All I can tell you is that 13 ACL wreckers passed to SCL in the merger. Most roads had a wrecker at every division point.


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 Post subject: Re: Remaining wreckers
PostPosted: Sat Mar 18, 2017 7:02 am 

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^ thanks for that info, John.

One of my earliest memories is watching 2 ACL wreckers clean up a derailment at my hometown of Salters, SC. I'd guess this was about 1961. Salters is located on the ACL mainline about halfway between Florence and Charleston.

I remember thinking it was odd that the wreckers were relatively quiet as they worked. My dad was a diesel-powered crane operator so I expected big machines to be noisy.

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