Railroad Work Equipment
Chicago & Western Indiana 1900
|Description:||100 Ton Steam Wrecker|
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
Weight: 119000 lbs
Trucks: Arch Bar
Description: 100 Ton Wrecker
Condition: Complete / unrestored / not operational