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Offline conan

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Re: Steam Grab unloading coal at Margate
« Reply #6 on: November 06, 2018, 19:55:42 »
The OS 25 inch for the turn of the century shows several fixed cranes and one travelling crane on a short section of track



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Re: Steam Grab unloading coal at Margate
« Reply #4 on: November 06, 2018, 08:02:36 »
The narrow guage tourist railway ran between the Droit House and the Lighthouse on the upper level walkway. The track on the lower level was for the cranes which unloaded the coal boats. In the 1950's the crane was a Deisel driiven unit, and for many years there were two of the old steam cranes standing unused further back along the pier.

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Re: Steam Grab unloading coal at Margate
« Reply #3 on: November 05, 2018, 23:05:50 »
That tourist railway was the one formerly on Herne Bay Pier in the mid-1950s and then moved to Margate until at least 1961/62.

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Re: Steam Grab unloading coal at Margate
« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2018, 22:15:05 »
I believe there was narrow gauge track along the pier.  You can still see evidence of what look like one of the rails.

I the 50s a small train used to run along the pier.  I believe it was mainly for children.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/trainsandstuff/15301628781

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Steam Grab unloading coal at Margate
« Reply #1 on: November 05, 2018, 17:07:14 »
I wonder if anyone has information about the steam grab that used to be on the pier breakwater at Margate for unloading coal from ships for use at the gas works.  Was she a Grafton?  As Grafton cranes were generally rail-borne, was there an isolated  section of standard gauge track?  A standard gauge track here could not have been connected to the main line railway via the tram track as the tramway on Thanet was narrow gauge.  Did the crane perhaps run on narrow gauge track?

 

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