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Railroad Work Equipment

Bucyrus 1925 Chicago & North Western 6363
Bucyrus 1925
Chicago & North Western 6363
Description:160 Ton Diesel Wrecker

Equipment Information

Chicago & North Western 6363 is a diesel-powered crane, known as a “wrecker,” designed for heavy-lift applications. Cranes like this are known as wreckers because they were often used for lifting locomotives and cars that had derailed in a wreck. This crane cannot move itself and a locomotive would have hauled it to and from the work site.

COMPARE ME WITH: C&WI 1900, a steam-powered wrecker. C&NW 6363 was originally built as a steam-powered wrecker like 1900 but was later modernized with a diesel power plant.

Chicago & North Western 6363 Details

Builder: Bucyrus
Year Built: 1925
Length: 58ft 7in
Width: 10ft 8in
Height: 15ft 5in
Weight: ??? lbs
Brakes: K3
Trucks: Arch Bar 4 Wheel
Description: 160 Ton Crane
Arrived: 1990
Condition: Complete / undergoing restoration / operational

Chicago & North Western 6363 Ownership History

1925-1990 – Chicago & North Western #6363
1990-present – Illinois Railway Museum, Union, IL

What was Bucyrus?

This crane is the only Bucyrus Foundry & Manufacturing Company product at IRM. Bucyrus dates back to 1880, when it got its start in Bucyrus, Ohio, building steam-powered shovels and cranes. Not long thereafter, it relocated to South Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1893. In the early 1900s, it famously built a number of huge steam shovels that saw use in excavating the Panama Canal. A famous photo of President Roosevelt operating a steam shovel in Panama in 1906 depicted a Bucyrus shovel. Then in 1927, Bucyrus merged with the Erie Steam Shovel Company, which specialized in smaller steam-powered cranes and shovels, to form Bucyrus-Erie. The company continued to build shovels, cranes, and mining equipment until Caterpillar acquired it in 2011.