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NYC Crane, “GCT-1”

 
 
NYC Crane, “GCT-1” Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, October 9, 2015
1. NYC Crane, “GCT-1” Marker
Inscription.
NYC Crane, “GCT-1”
Built in 1914 by Industrial Crane Works of Michigan, it is 90 feet long and is capable of moving 100 tons. It moved using third-rail power, but crane operation was powered by several large batteries on the roof. The short, stocky booms of the double ended crane show the designer’s intentiions for tunnel use. Of the three cranes like this ever built, this is the only one that survived the scrapper’s torch.
 
Erected by Danbury Railway Museum.
 
Location. 41° 23.837′ N, 73° 27.005′ W. Marker is in Danbury, Connecticut, in Fairfield County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of White Street and Balmforth Avenue, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Located in the Danbury Rail Yard. Marker is at or near this postal address: 120 White Street, Danbury CT 06813, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Boston & Maine ALCO 2-6-0 Mogul 1455 (a few steps from this marker); Wilton Semaphore (within shouting distance of this marker); CV Flatcar (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Danbury Station (within shouting distance
NYC Crane, “GCT-1” Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, October 9, 2015
2. NYC Crane, “GCT-1” Marker
The "shoes" next to the wheels drew electrical power from the third rail.
of this marker); The Danbury Fire Department (approx. 0.2 miles away); Danbury Yard Turntable (approx. 0.2 miles away); Danbury Fair Days (approx. 0.2 miles away); Danbury – The Hat City (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Danbury.
 
Also see . . .
1. Danbury Railway Museum. (Submitted on October 11, 2015, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
2. Danbury Railway Museum on Wikipedia. (Submitted on October 11, 2015, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
 
Categories. Railroads & Streetcars
 
New York Central Crane Car, “GCT-1” image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, October 9, 2015
3. New York Central Crane Car, “GCT-1”
Built for the New York Central Railroad for use in New York City’s Grand Central Terminal tunnels. Used third-rail power to move and large batteries for lifting. 100 ton crane at each end.
New York Central Crane Car, “GCT-1” image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, October 9, 2015
4. New York Central Crane Car, “GCT-1”
The massive boom designed to fit in tunnels had a capacity of 100 tons.
New York Central Crane Car, “GCT-1” image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, October 9, 2015
5. New York Central Crane Car, “GCT-1”
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 11, 2015, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 208 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on October 11, 2015, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.
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