Author Topic: Work Car 1010 (Crane Car "Ichabod") - Official Work Thread  (Read 53054 times)

Mike Fox

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As James noted in his work report for 5/11, I have started the Crane car project again. I have gotten tired of seeing the parts waiting for reassembly just laying around.

Some work was done on this before, so I took the time this morning to find some of the parts that were already made. Looks like a straight forward project, and with the modifications I have in mind for stability, should work well. Just like a puzzle right now, with no instructions.

What I did today was cut and reassemble the axles. Jason fired up the welder in the afternoon and was cuting and assembling the second axle just as he was finishing the welding of the first one.

The top axle was already split, I just removed the sleeve and cut to the correct length




And here they are. I plan on cleaning off the old paint before continuing.
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Ira Schreiber

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Re: Crane Car Project
« Reply #1 on: May 13, 2012, 01:45:27 AM »
Since I was the one who disassembled the crane car about five years ago, good luck.
All of the fasteners and small hardware pieces were in two cans above the work bench on the south wall of the shop.
There are still many of these crane cars around, so a complete one should not be too hard to find. I am pretty sure there is one at Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport. This will give you a reference.

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« Reply #2 on: May 13, 2012, 04:12:52 AM »
Is the crane car work being done under the auspices of Rowmow 1 Manufacturing Co.?

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« Reply #3 on: May 13, 2012, 11:20:24 AM »
Kielbasa Dave would also like to know if the crane car will have a comfortable seat.
What–me worry?

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« Reply #4 on: May 13, 2012, 02:42:36 PM »
Seat?, it don't need no stinkin seat!! Besides, it never had one.

Seriously, I had also cut and partially drilled two 7' long "C" channels for new side rails to accomodate the 2' axles. They were in Bay 2 by the front doors about 5 years ago.

Continued good luck on the scavenger hunt.
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Re: Crane Car Project
« Reply #5 on: May 13, 2012, 09:04:55 PM »
Those "C" channels are still between Bays 2 and 3!  Neatly marked too.

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« Reply #6 on: May 13, 2012, 10:20:59 PM »
I am impressed and thank you, James.

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« Reply #7 on: May 14, 2012, 12:45:05 AM »
Yes Ira, we found your channels. Thought to be long gone but they are safe.

I will look for the coffee cans, but I am almost willing to bet they are gone. Hopefully not.

Dave ROWMOW (Right of Way-Maintenance of Way) Manufacturing is overseeing the work. The pay is low, hours are long, and the results may be questionable.

The seat option is available, out on the end of the crane.
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« Reply #8 on: May 14, 2012, 01:05:14 AM »
The seat option is available, out on the end of the crane.

Well, that would have its ups and downs.

Thanks, Mike, for taking on this project.
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« Reply #9 on: May 20, 2012, 01:55:54 AM »
Coffee cans of nuts, bolts and other items were located today. Still no instructions. This could prove to be an interesting reassembly. I have decided to relocate the project to ROWMOW Manufacturing headquarters for the base assembly. I will load it next weekend for transport.
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Re: Crane Car Project
« Reply #10 on: May 22, 2012, 10:58:29 PM »
Well I have had some success recently while looking for images of the derrick car. Someone restored a similar model recently and took all kinds of pictures.

Also, I have found someone that has a library of sorts on Fairmont and other models of railway equipment. Just so happened to have a service manual for a W-64 Derrick Crane. So that is on order and am hoping it helps. I know the photos will.
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« Reply #11 on: May 23, 2012, 10:20:27 PM »
Another picture and post from Ken Fleming:



FOR SALE (Jan 17) ND - Fairmont W64 Derrick Crane with hydraulic power pack. Machine has been totally rebuilt sand blasted and painted, works good, asking $1800. Steve Comer, 8518 38th St SE, Jamestown, ND 58401, 701-252-1779 (home) 701-269-2269 (Cell)

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Re: Crane Car Project
« Reply #12 on: May 27, 2012, 12:55:19 AM »
This is what I hauled home today. Hopefully over the next month or 12, I can get this back together.

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« Reply #13 on: May 28, 2012, 11:52:10 PM »
Mike decided he didn't need the crane itself, so only the base car is at his world HQ.

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« Reply #14 on: May 29, 2012, 01:25:33 AM »
I would need  crane to unload the crane.

Anyhow, unloaded last night and started inventorying. As of now, the only things missing are the rail clamps, and the brake rod with arm attached to it. Easily fabricated if I can't find the original.

Tonight I cut the 1/8 inch plate I had to the sizes needed to weld to the frame. These plates are what the frame attaches to. A little welding, some drilling, lots of cleaning and painting and it will be ready to take shape.
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