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Railroad Work Equipment

Industrial 1906 Chicago & Western Indiana 1900
Industrial 1906
Chicago & Western Indiana 1900
Description:100 Ton Steam Wrecker

Equipment Information

C&WI 1900 is a steam powered crane, known as a “wrecker,” designed for heavy-lift applications. Cranes like this were called wreckers because they were often used for lifting locomotives and cars that had derailed in a wreck. This crane is not self-propelled and was hauled to and from a work site by a locomotive.

COMPARE ME WITH: ComEd 19, a later diesel-powered utility crane. The ComEd crane is much lighter in design and would not have been used for lifting entire railroad cars, as wreckers were capable of doing.

Builder: Industrial Works
Year Built: 1906
Length: 29ft 10in
Width: 10ft
Height: 15ft
Weight: 119000 lbs
Brakes: AB
Trucks: Arch Bar
Description: 100 Ton Wrecker
Arrived: 1968
Condition: Complete / unrestored / not operational