Monthly Archives November 2018

British Steel

It was very important that the project used British resources as much as we could. We are pleased to announce that the new beams were made by British Steel and they came from Scunthorpe. They will soon be ready to have the travelling crane run along them once again, when

Hot Rivets & Beams

A very exciting day at  Crane Renovations HQ (aka Henderson Engineers Yard). Tom and his mighty team of volunteers were joined by Vince Thompson from Iconoclast Constructs, Birmingham. The day had arrived when we could hot rivet the cross travel rails onto the New Beams. We got off to a

The new beams have arrived

The new beams have arrived and with trolleys, brute force and some excellent manoeuvering skills they are now secure in the yard ready to be primed. But what colour will they be painted ? We are awaiting a decision from CADW. Originally, the crane would have been orange but in

The crane has become unstuck

After a lot of heating up, hammer bashing and prayers, the Musgrave Crane’s hoisting worm gear became loose. This was the last stuck part of the crane and Tom and the team were over the moon. I particularly enjoyed the heat that the warmed up gear gave off on a


As each part is being restored, its fascinating to see the stamps, numbers and chisel marks that would have imprinted over 100 years ago.

Restoration continues

This week, the team have been busy cleaning, burning, sanding and undercoating the parts. Its  a slow and steady process but the base must be right in order to put the final coat on, we want this crane to go another hundred years before it needs painting again!