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. Although, I have been advised that granite also came in from New England. 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.