Crane, Ernest Holmes Truck Crane

Crane, Ernest Holmes Truck Crane
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The railroad truck-mounted crane was first mentioned as being inoperable, and therefore surplus, to the North Coast Railroad Authority (NCRA) in the fall of 2002 during a conversation between Chris Baldo of Roots and John Darling (the railroad operator). John Bradley of Roots did the initial inspection of the crane with John Darling and determined that the machine could be made operable. Chris Baldo and John Bradley then requested that the NCRA donate the crane to Roots; this occurred about 9-1-03. The truck crane was made operable by John Bradley over a period of about two weeks and on 9-21-03 was moved under its own power from the NCRA yard in Willits to the Roots site.
Holmes crane lowers Caboose onto trucks

History

The machine was built by the Ernest Holmes Company about 1969 for use on Eastern railroads. In 1986 the Eureka Southern (formerly NWP) bought the crane and moved it to the Eureka-Willits area for work on that line re-railing cars and car repair work. It was last used in the Willits yard during the summer of 1987 for car repair work and has not been used since.

Builders

Lower truck chassis:

  • FWD Corp., Clintonville, WI,
  • Model 64-50 WC, three axle,
  • Cummins C190 diesel engine,
  • 10 speed transmission,
  • hydraulic outrigers,
  • rear towing winch and
  • fold down railroad wheels.

Upper Crane:

  • Ernest Holmes Co., Chattanoga, TN,
  • Model No. RC50, rated at 100,000 lbs.,
  • Enclosed cab.
  • Powered by a General Motors 4-53 diesel engine.