Bellmead 180 Ton Crane
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Original 1923 photo
General information & notes:
Shaw crane rated to lift 180 tons: two 90 ton trolleys
weigh of crane & trolleys is 143 tons
bridge rolls on rails 75' across and 40' high.
rails are supported by built up & riveted vertical steel columns
vertical columns on each side of the runway are 25' apart. (These columns support the 180T crane, a smaller crane beneath and some of the building structure.)
runway beams for the crane rails is on built up &
riveted steel beams. The runway support beam is 5' tall & 2' wide (at the
top). Each 25' runway section weighs 7 tons (see sketch)
We have an outline of a work building that would
be located in the wye in Cedar Park. We envision 2 (maybe 3) tracks on 25'
centers that the crane would travel across (~ North & South). (See sketch)
Recent Photo (2005)