Do you have any rail-crane related pictures you would be willing to share? If so, please contact: Phillip Treweek
This page contains links to some pictures from my collection of cranes in action and preservation. If you have pictures of NZR cranes, I'd love to hear about them - or better still - see them. Please feel free to contact me at treweek@ cs.waikato.ac nz. Clicking on any picture will open a larger image in a new window. If you can't see the new window, check that its not behind your current browser.
Picture 1 courtesy of Ian Mitchell, 2-4 courtesy of Tony Hurst,
The following images come from my late Father's collection - and in part are responsible for the project this site represents.
The first six photos are from the day Ted Treweek derailed '226'. The incident occured at Toi Toi, about 4-5 miles on the Taumarunui side of Ohura going toward Niho Niho. The crane was engaged in lifting new rail sets for a bridge. Ted had not worried about placing the outriggers as he regularly lifted rail sets without them. Unfortunately he had overlooked the fact that the sleepers on the bridge sets were heavier and more numerous than the regular sets. As he started to swing a set around the crane began to roll. He dropped the set but was too slow on the rope brake. When the set hit the ground it resulted in too much slack and the jib unloaded so the crane went over backwards. Ted successfully dived out the cab door on the high side, but landed on a rail resulting in a huge bruise on his hip - but he acknowledged it could have been far worse. Fortunately one set of flanges was still in the rail so recovery was made with the assistance of a farmer with a bulldozer who winched the crane back. A locomotive engineer had to be called out to inspect the bearings (which were okay). Ted was still being paid overtime, and was only fined £5 for his mishap.
Courtesy of Andrew Hamblyn)