Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Cranes in Action (UP builds a bridge in 7 days)

I was going to post about the UP bridge. But I came across a couple of other interesting builds soon after. So I generalized the topic and I'll add to this blog posting as I come across more Facebook postings.

Donnavan Kelly posted nine pictures with the comment:
Utah Nevada border, emergency wash out on union Pacific rail road, double main line... Allen engeneering as general contractor , mountain crane 2250( first class outfit!) 330 ton, 140 boom, walking on top uppr pre cast Rr bridge, reaching out driving 14x89 180 foot h pile at 125 feet out....... Correct me if I'm wrong but from what we have gathered its the first time a crane this size has been used on this designed bridge as a working tressle? Start to finish 7 days....
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Liz Watson Brown posted
Mountain Cranes Manitowoc 2250
[I assume this is also of the UP repair.]
The UP now has at least three routes that cross the Utah/Nevada border: UP's, Western Pacific's, and Southern Pacific's South and North. Of these, it looks like Loray Wash did not have a big enough culvert to handle the flow and the UP embankment became a dam until it broke. I wonder when UP put the second track back in.

The railroads have abandoned so many routes that now there is no redundancy in the system. This not only reduces our export revenues, it gives other countries a chance to "steal our business." For example, China is exporting more corn because we can't send enough.


2250 lifting a truck crane on top of a building


Aaron Payne posted two photos with the comment: "2250 with Glenn Peer Sr putting up my Grove to top out the building few years back. Great job because it was freezing that winter and no office or safety people ever came up!"

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888 joining a MLC165 for a tandom pick


Beard Mason posted six photos with the comment: "The mighty 888 tracking down to meet up with mlc165 for a some tandem picks."

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Adding a 200k ton module to a plant


Charlie Trevino posted two photos with the comment: "Another 200k going up!" I've noticed that building refineries has become like building ships. They build modules on the ground and then use big cranes to lift them in place.

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Jason Rico commented on the above photo
Jason Rico commented on the above photo
93% get u some[224500/240400 = .93]

Two MLC 165 cranes tandem loading 12 wind-tower segments into a barge


Ben Stalvey posted six photos with the comment:
This job done by Trans-Link of Manitowoc WI was featured in several crane magazines. Even in the Manitowoc Looking up magazine. Working in tandem two Manitowoc MLC 165 cranes were used operated by Pat Siehr and Troy Flentje. To load these wind tower section made by BroadWind Of Manitowoc WI on to barges. Often times one does not realize water transportation is a good option. Saves on oversize load permits, Escorts, Fuel Costs etc. Trans-Link has a great team always up for a challenge. They run this dock here in Manitowoc WI
Noah Kiel Still cost 76,000 from here to St. Louis.
The comments also have a couple of videos.

I assume the segments were made by Broadwind Towers. It is nice to see that Manitowoc's old shipbuilding/crane manufacturing facilities got reused after Manitowoc moved south of town. It will be interesting how the southern facilities are reused now that crane assembly has been moved to Shady Grove, PA.

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Miscellaneous


Flying through the air posting, cropped


Crash landing posting, cropped
Larry Arthur Hoerres posted
This is serious pic you don't see this everyday this was several years ago its got the most cranes on one pic in all the world
Willie Cromwell 4000's and 4100'sJoe Leonard And just think - not one computer. An actual human had to string a tape and look at a load chart. And nobody on a cell phone. Must be magic.David Beard Yes Joe, the generation coming up now couldn't handle this.
Shawn Douglas commented on the above posting
Shawn Douglas commented on the above posting, not Manitowocs
Jim Browne commented on the above posting
Anne Bouffard Bern posted
Rich Reiter That's the first MR415 ever built.
Dennis DeBruler commented on the above posting
The site line to the left of the building goes from the end of the lock wall, south of River East Center, and over the roof of Embassy Suites. The site line to the right goes from the side of 403 N Water, north of 400 N McClurg Ct., north of Loews, and north of a black building that has evidently been built south of Illinois between Park and Columbus.So it was taken from 225 E Grand Ave., and it is in the vacant lot south of Illinois between Park and New Street.That whole area was (relatively) low-rise industrial as recently as the 1970s: http://industrialscenery.blogspot.com/.../ogden-slip-and...
Robert Hansen posted
3 Mani's at Gove NT Aust. 18000,2250,M250. 2006.
James Vaughn posted four pictures of Manitowocs at the Holcim cement plant in Ste. Genevieve, MO.

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Ben Stalvey shared
Checkout this Bigge MLC 650 with VPC Max
[I wonder what kind of plant it is helping to build.]
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Austin Tuck posted
Austin Tuck Yes one 650 the other is a 300! Middletown NY last fall.
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Andre Tardif posted
BUFFALO NY
[On the CB&Q, welders cut the legs at the top and they lifted just the bridge to the side. Then they worked on the legs.]
Larry Arthur Hoerres posted
Mike Keilen I get the pick and travel, but why all the jibs? Where and when was this?Ed Flores Don't know about this one but the ones I did were in McDermott's yard in Amelia Louisiana. All yard cranes were equipped with jibs no point in removing them. All picks were at 60% of chart.

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A video of building a Liebherr with a weight wagon. The luffer is as long as the boom. No comment indicated the model or dimensions.

Jesse Leight posted a couple of photos that explains a video he posts later.

1   Estimated weight was around 15 million pounds..... Give or take... Used the twin 18000's to give her just a lil tilt and let gravity do the rest..... 
2, cropped    2 18000's do the main lift and a 16000 is the staging crane


The video of the tandom lift to launch the boat. I wonder what the thing on top of the bow is.

Dean McCartney shared
[I finally noticed the foundation with the bolts on the left side of the picture. So they are going to tilt it up, then swing it between them to place it over the foundation. It looks like the one in the foreground is going to have to travel as well as swing.]
Joe Lizotte posted four pictures with the comment: "This was a cool day picking our 60 ton RT with a gmk 7550 out of a historical church in Phoenix Arizona." The comments indicated they were lucky because they were supposed to rig to the outrigger boxes instead of the tie-down lugs.

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Ben Stalvey posted
Another beast the custom Manitowoc 6000 series 2 from the Nevada Test Site.
[Our taxpayer money paid for some custom built cranes to help clean up the bomb test site.]
Dean McCartney posted
Found this on line. There is a Manitowoc in the picture but I don't know what that big sucker is there putting together.
Todd Kelafant That is a Lampsons 4600 ringer ...Assembling a Caterpillar 8200 dragline !!!
Jay Wilson Uses the TriStructure from Marion but has the tall mast portion from Bucyrus. Then Cat takes credit.
[Unfortunately, I don't know what "TriStructure" means.]
Terex Cranes shared
Great job with a CC 2400-1
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Double team


I do not like how this video was edited because it I could not figure out where it lifted the roof from and how it was moving it into position over the building. My best guess is that the roof was built on the side and the crane just turned.

In this video you can see that the crane turns and moves forward with a weight wagon.

A posting with a couple of photos using a weight wagon.

There are a bunch of pictures of different projects in this posting, but they don't provide much detail. Ben did another "call for activity."

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