Reading Railroad . Quakertown Freight Crane . Quakertown . Pennsylvania . Watercolor . 12" x 16"
... the Philadelphia & Reading/ Reading Railroad (RDG) stationary freight crane located at the southern end of the remaining, 2 track, rail siding at Quakertown Train Station. The tapered, cylindrical mast is 11 feet tall. There appears to be a capped roller bearing at the top, with two stout, vertical rods fastened to that cap housing, running along side the mast, connecting and serving as axles within a pair of guide/ weight bearing wheels, rolling around the circumference at the bottom. Horizontal swing appears limited to about 60 degrees. A boom of approximately 22 feet in length rises along a fixed angle of 45 degrees off the vertical mast. Hoist lifting weight is increased through a manually cranked, series of torque multiplying, toothed gears and a block and tackle type, cable pulley system. I don't know when this crane was installed, although I suspect it was in use when granite was shipped north from the East Rockhill Quarry to build the Reading's station and freight house in 1902. This crane hasn't been used in several decades... it's still there though... and with a couple of pounds of grease and a lot of rust removal, will probably still work. Illustrated... unloading a flatcar for a short haul to the adjacent, and now nonexistent, K & L Lumber Company yard and warehouse.
A Giclee Print is available of this watercolor painting / railroad art.