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 Post subject: Re: 250 ton steam-powered crane in Kent OH, apparently for f
PostPosted: Thu Mar 04, 2021 7:45 pm 

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Very few museums would take anything with the stipulation that they had to keep it for ever.


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 Post subject: Re: 250 ton steam-powered crane in Kent OH, apparently for f
PostPosted: Thu Mar 11, 2021 7:08 pm 

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John T wrote:
Very few museums would take anything with the stipulation that they had to keep it for ever.

A partial reason why we keep losing them, two more were apparently cut up (also in Ohio) last month.


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 Post subject: Re: 250 ton steam-powered crane in Kent OH, apparently for f
PostPosted: Fri Mar 12, 2021 10:21 am 

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PMC wrote:
John T wrote:
Very few museums would take anything with the stipulation that they had to keep it for ever.

A partial reason why we keep losing them, two more were apparently cut up (also in Ohio) last month.

Yeah, we’re the guilty party. But before everybody piles on, let me throw out some info for your consideration.

The previous owner of the property, Art Davis, was in the used railroad equipment and scrapping business. Over the years, he acquired four 250 ton cranes at a time when railroads were divesting themselves of costly wrecking equipment. That turned out to be a big mistake.

Art used one of the steam cranes for his business. Eventually, one other crane was to go to a startup museum (I don’t have my records in front of me and I don’t recall who it was) but they couldn’t get it moved. Art eventually gave up on them and it was scrapped. This was in the 90’s if I recall.

My assumption is that is that scrapping that crane cost so much money in labor and consumables that the other two not in use didn’t get cut up. The boiler of the scrapped crane is still on site.

Enter ORHS. We purchased the property in 2015. The sale included all of the equipment still there. We made a concerted effort over the last five years to re-home the two steam cranes as we had no funds available to allocate to do anything with them other than watch them decay (we are keeping the diesel and it will be restored to full operation). We had attracted more offers than I would have imagined. But, the logistics and costs of moving them killed every deal.

With the crane in Kent becoming available, and in much better condition, the decision was made to accept a very favorable offer from a demolition company to scrap two cranes. Did we like doing that? No. In fact, I’m saddened by it. We wished for a different outcome but you know what they say about wishes....

All that said, with the cranes being available on the market for 20+ years through two private owners should really tell you something about why these beasts are disappearing.

Back to the crane in Kent. I made sure that any of my regional contacts that may have an interest in it knew it was available. Where things go to from there, I do not know.

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 Post subject: Re: 250 ton steam-powered crane in Kent OH, apparently for f
PostPosted: Fri Mar 12, 2021 11:50 pm 

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Did you atleast save the steam air compressors and the turbo generators from those 2 cranes?


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 Post subject: Re: 250 ton steam-powered crane in Kent OH, apparently for f
PostPosted: Sat Mar 13, 2021 8:07 am 

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Yes we did. Any potentially restorable components extant were removed prior to scrapping and will be put to good use.

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