U.S. Army crane

 

Crane, Diesel - U.S. Army #289
- built in 1951 to wartime specifications, the diesel self-propelled unit is rated at 40 tons.  We use it for trackwork reconstruction.

In 1999, the US Army 40 ton rail crane was obtained from the Pueblo Army Depot (PAD). As part of the Defense Reutilization of excess equipment, the crane was provided "as-is". In examining the crane at the PAD, a layer of bird dropping needed to be removed, which the PAD fire department did using their fire engine as part of their monthly equipment test. When everything was set for moving the crane, it ran under its own power and was positioned at the PAD property line where the railroads coupled it up for the move to the Pueblo Railway Museum. At the Museum, a flat car was allocated as the boom tender for the crane. The crane has been used for numerous tasks, including reattaching the refurbished smokestack and the sand dome of the ATSF 2912 locomotive.

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