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M&GCJC Hand Crane No. 1


M&GCJC Crane with LMS Flat Wagon as match wagon

Photo:
Robert Frise - M&GCJC Crane with LMS Flat Wagon as match wagon


The Metropolitan and Great Central Joint Committee, which was responsible for the section of the line between Verney Junction and Harrow-on-the-Hill, which included Quainton Road, was set-up in 1906. It did not own any railway vehicles except this crane, which was appropriately given the number 1. Built by Cowans Sheldon of Carlisle in 1914, it is described on the original drawings as an "accident crane", with works number 3282.

It is entirely hand-operated and its maximum capacity is 5 tons at 16-ft radius. Most of its life on the national system was spent in Harrow goods yard. The Society purchased it from there on 21st May 1970. With the assistance of the manufacturers, it was returned to working order and for a time was in regular use around the Centre. The original match wagon is not currently suitable for use, so LMS Flat wagon No. 4417 is currently being used as the match wagon.

References:
Quainton's Crane - Quainton News No. 19 Spring 1974


M&GCJC Crane and original match wagon with a BR Container as load in mid-1970s

Photo:
Late Bernard Holland collection, courtesy Mark Smith - M&GCJC Crane and original match wagon with a BR Container as load in mid-1970s


Crane

Origin :- Met / GCR Joint Committee Date Built :- 1914 Number :- 1
Type :- 5 ton Builder :- Cowans Sheldon Ltd Wheelbase :- 9' 0"
Owner :- QRS Status :- Operational Location :- Down Yard
Accession No.: W/0079 Arrival Date :- 1970    

Match Wagon

Origin :- Met / GCR Joint Committee Date Built :- 1914 Number :- n/a
Type :- Match Wagon Builder :- Cowans / Sheldon Wheelbase :- 12' 6"
Owner :- QRS Status :- Operational Location :- Romney Building
Accession No.: W/0079 Arrival Date :- 1970    

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