50-ton Breakdown Crane

Crane in use at Ingrow

The crane was built in 1931 by Craven Brothers for the LMS Railway.  It was for many years part of the breakdown train at Willesden MPD, and was one of the cranes used to clear the wreckage following the tragic rail disaster at Harrow and Wealdstone in 1952.  It ended its railway operational life at Allerton, from where it was purchased by the Bahamas Locomotive Society in December 1981.

The crane’s boiler underwent its periodic overhaul during 2013 to ensure the crane’s operational viability.

The picture above shows the crane in action during 2011 at Ingrow, turning the boiler of LNWR Coal Tank 1054.

The most significant job undertaken so far has been the replacement of Bridge 11 on the KWVR during 2020.

RS1015/50 in position at Bridge 11, near Ingrow, on the Keithlgy & Worth Valley Railway during the later stages of the installation of the replacement bridge. 19th September 2020. photo: John Reddyhoff

Below is a short clip of the crane in action at Ingrow during June 1999.