Saturday, February 28, 2009

Morgan Crane Removal Part 1

On Friday, February 27 I hired AB Crane and Steel Service to bring their 30 ton Grove truck crane to Masury, OH to begin the major dismantling of our Morgan crane. My goal was to take the trolley and one crane girder down, and in a little over three hours we had finished the job.
Dale Desser and Jason Graves from Erie, PA came down to assist. Dale works for a crane service company and his knowlege and expertise was greatly appreciated. The trolley was way too heavy to lift in one piece, so we took down the hoist drum first, followed by the hoist idler shaft and finally the frame of the trolley. The total weight of the trolley is somewhere around 15,000 lbs. The last lift involved taking down one of the girders. Dale climbed out onto the girder and rigged up the slings, and then the crane lifted the girder out and down onto the floor.
More preparation work is needed before we can attempt to take down the other girder and the end trucks. Once everything is down the crane will be trucked to the Tod Engine Heritage Park and stored until it is put up in our soon to be built enginehouse building.

Monday, February 9, 2009

New Tod Engine Youtube Channel

In our efforts to continue educating the people of the Mahoning Valley and the world about the industrial heritage of our fine area, the Tod Engine Foundation has created a Youtube channel where I have begun to upload various videos and films of interest. My favorite is a film (with an unforgettable soundtrack) about steelmaking at the Youngstown Sheet and Tube Campbell Works in the 1920s. Also online is the 1984 documentary "Shout Youngstown". I also shot much home video in the 1990s and am posting some of those videos as well. You can watch as I toured the Jeannette Blast Furnace and coke plant, had a chance encounter that put me in the right place at the right time when the Ohio Works ore bridges were felled, and another chance encounter that netted me a cab ride on the Lake Erie and Eastern Railroad a couple years before it too disappeared.

So go to: and enjoy the videos!