The 5 ton Wallace gantry crane that we purchased at the Cold Metal Products auction in January was erected today at the Tod Engine Heritage Park. With 19 feet under the girder and a span of 34 feet, this gantry crane should serve our needs well during the restoration of the engine.
The crane has been painted safety orange, all wheel bearings have been refurbished or replaced and new bolts installed where neccessary. A 5 ton chain hoist will be hung from the girder after it has been checked over and any worn parts replaced. The bridge is motorized, however the motors will not be attached until 3 phase power is available at the site later this fall. Until then the crane can be moved by two people pushing on the legs. A 3 ton electric hoist is also scheduled to be added to the gantry at a later date.