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San Salvador, El Salvador — Central America (West Coast)
 

Steam Crane

 
 
Steam Crane Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, July 14, 2019
1. Steam Crane Marker
Inscription.  

Grua de Vapor.
Esta grúa de vapor fue construida en 1926 por The Birgminghan Railway Cariiage & Wagon Co, con sede en Smethwick (Inglaterra) y es una de las piezas que fueron traídas al país por la empresa inglesa que operaba el ferrocarril Sonsonate - Santa Ana - San Salvador.

Para funcionar se debe encender la caldera para producir el vapor de agua, el cual a altas presiones mueve un mecanismo que hace la función de grúa.

La última ocasión en que fue utilizada fue en la década de 1980, fecha en la que aún se utilizaba para corregir los descarrilamientos más graves de locomotora y coches.

English translation:
Steam Crane
This steam crane was built in 1926 by The Birmingham Railway Carriage & Wagon Company, based in Smethwick (England) and is one of the pieces that were brought to the country by the English company that operated the Sonsonate - Santa Ana - San Salvador railway.

To operate it, the boiler is heated in order to produce water vapor, which at high pressures moves a mechanism that acts as a crane.

The last time it was used was in the
Steam Crane and Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, July 14, 2019
2. Steam Crane and Marker
Note the crane's supporting platform in the distance.
1980s, when it was still used to correct the most serious locomotive and car derailments.
 
Erected by Museo del Ferrocarril de El Salvador.
 
Location. 13° 42.104′ N, 89° 10.601′ W. Marker is in San Salvador, San Salvador. Marker can be reached from Avenida Peralta west of Bulevar Venezuela, on the right when traveling west. The marker is on the grounds of the El Salvador Train Museum (Museo del Tren de El Salvador). A small admission fee is required. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: San Salvador 01101, El Salvador. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Maintenance and Personnel (a few steps from this marker); Caboose (within shouting distance of this marker); Second Class Railcar (within shouting distance of this marker); The Cuscatlán Car or Presidential Wagon (within shouting distance of this marker); El Niño Canillón (The Tall Boy) (within shouting distance of this marker); The 800s Locomotives (about 120 meters away, measured in a direct line); Dr. José Matías Delgado (approx. 1.3 kilometers away); El Rosario Church (approx. 1.4 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Salvador.
 
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The nearby Supporting Platform and Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, July 14, 2019
3. The nearby Supporting Platform and Marker
Plataforma Madrina
La plataforma madrina, era el nombre que se le daba a la plataforma donde se colocaba la pluma de las grúas usadas en la línea férrea. En este caso, es una plataforma de origen inglés que data de 1926 y fue usada por la compañía inglesa que administraba el ferrocarril de occidente. Por su naturaleza, ha permanecido por décadas adjunta a la grúa de vapor.

English translation:
Supporting Platform
This was known as a “supporting platform”, the name given to the platform where the boom of the cranes used on the railway line was placed. In this case, it is a platform of English origin dating from 1926 and was used by the English company that administered the western railway. By its nature, it has remained nearby to the steam crane for decades.
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on August 21, 2019. This page originally submitted on August 21, 2019, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 37 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 21, 2019, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.
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