The renovated Musgrave Gantry Crane is returned to the Engine House on 18th March 2019.

Oct 27, 2019 | Latest, Uncategorized

The Musgrave Gantry Crane makes the short journey from the Henderson Engineering workshop back to the Musgrave Engine House on the site of Hafod Copperworks. John Weaver contractors needed the crane back in the building before they could complete the magnificent roof with Welsh slate.

The lorry reverses up to the same spot where the crane was loaded onto it 5 months earlier before being taken away for restoration. The crane is soon unloaded and being lifted into the Musgrave Engine House through the space left in the roof and the Musgrave Gantry Crane is back home where it belongs.

The lorry has reversed into position ready to unload the Musgrave Crane. The volunteers wait patiently for the crane to be lifted back into the engine house.
The before and after pictures below show what a transformation has taken place.
The crane is lifted by a crane! The volunteers watched from below as the Musgrave Gantry Crane was slowly and skilfully manoeuvred into position.
The Musgrave Crane is lifted through the space left in the roof and is placed onto the rails in the building. The crane is then pushed along the rails under the roof trusses where it can be protected from the rain and also allow the contractors to complete the roof.
(Thanks to Keith Dawes from John Weaver Contractors for the photo)
Job well done! The crane sits on the rails 5.5metres above the engine house floor, Tom the lead engineer has been with the crane for the whole journey from start to finish ! As well as John Weaver Contractors needing to complete the building renovations, there are still a few small tasks to undertake on the crane.
(Thanks to Keith Dawes for the photo.)
This drone image shows the crane just before it disappears through the roof space of the Musgrave Engine House which is clad in scaffolding. Next to it is the Vivian Engine House. The next post on this blog is a video showing the journey back home for the Musgrave Crane.
(Thanks to Sandy for the photo)
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