Crane Listing

As a step toward finding out more about the cranes operated by New Zealand Railways, I thought it would be useful to start by finding out just what cranes there were. After initially thinking this was going to be a quick job, I soon realised that there was actually quite a range of travelling cranes used by NZR. Although my current list is still incomplete, I feel it is starting to get there.


My starting point was: 'New Zealand Railways South Island Working Timetable of December 1952' (Wellington, The New Zealand Railway and Locomotive Society 1979) and 'New Zealand Railways North Island Working Timetable of July 1947' (Wellington, The New Zealand Railway and Locomotive Society 1984) as introduced by T.A. McGavin. From there I incorporated previous lists by Kerry Bennett, Bill Prebble, Chris Capewell, the late John Herbert and a very useful but anonymous list which came to me via Colin Barry. Additional data was provided by Paul Dillicar, Kevin Crosado, Chris Rietveld and many others. I have also added info from archival documents. My biggest single lead has been the Loco 63 rolling stock registers held by the NZR&LS archive at Ava. This have given an excellent insight into crane stocks between 1892 and 1947.

After much time spent in trying to figure out how the individual crane number allocation was made, I feel I now have a reasonable picture. Take a look at my notes on crane numbering here.

Please contact me if you have information about cranes not listed here, or further information about those that are.


The crane numbers below are links to the details I have on each crane. The crane description will take you to a block listing by type. The manufacturer name links to biographical notes on the manufacturing company. I also have a seperate list of NZR crane survivors. Details of cranes by type can be accessed through the menu at left.

Note that some of the numbers in this sequence were allocated to other types of non-revenue rolling stock (pile driving winches, steam shovels, etc). I have included this for completeness.

The listing is ordered by the pre-TMS number scheme (only two cranes only had TMS numbers). Those cranes operated by New Zealand railways that I am aware of are:

No Description Built Maker
1 3 ton steam crane
2 3 ton steam crane J. Anderson & Co .
3 2 ton steam crane
4 1.5 ton steam crane
5 1.5 ton steam crane
6 1.5 ton steam crane 1873 J. Anderson & Co .
7 1.5 ton steam crane
8 5 ton hand crane
8 2 ton steam crane 1874 Appleby Bros.
9 1.5 ton steam crane
10 1.5 ton steam crane
11 5 ton steam crane S. Owen & Co
12 steam hoisting engine
13 3 ton steam crane 1879 J. Anderson & Co .
14 steam piledriver 1879 J Anderson & Co .
15 3 ton steam crane 1874 Cowans Sheldon & Co .
16 2 ton steam crane 1874 Ransomes & Rapier
17 2 ton steam crane 1874 Ransomes & Rapier
18 2 ton steam crane 1874 Ransomes & Rapier
19 2 ton steam crane 1874 Ransomes & Rapier
20 steam hoisting engine Appleby Bros.
36 3 ton steam crane 1886 S. Luke & Co .
40 3 ton steam crane 1883 Fraser Tinnie & Co
42 2 ton steam crane 1874 Ransomes & Rapier
43 2 ton steam crane 1874 Ransomes & Rapier
47 12 ton steam crane 1886 Ransomes & Rapier
49 12 ton steam crane Ransomes & Rapier
No Description Built Maker
50 3 ton steam crane Kincaid McQueen
51 2 ton steam crane 1871 Ransomes & Rapier
58 1 ton steam crane
60 20 ton steam crane 1899 Jessop & Appleby Bros.
70 2 ton steam crane 1874 Ransomes & Rapier
71 2 ton steam crane 1874 Ransomes & Rapier
72 2 ton steam crane 1874 Ransomes & Rapier
74 3 ton steam crane 1884 J. Anderson
75 3 ton steam crane Cowans Sheldon & Co .
76 3 ton steam crane
77 3 ton steam crane 1880 Fraser Tinnie & Co
78 3 ton steam crane 1880 Fraser Tinnie & Co
79 3 ton steam crane <1892 S. Luke & Co .
82 3 ton steam crane <1892 S. Luke & Co .
83 steam hoisting engine J. Anderson & Co
85 5 ton steam crane 1901 Cowans Sheldon & Co
93 7 ton steam crane 1898 Jessop & Appleby Bros.
94 7 ton steam crane 1899 Jessop & Appleby Bros.
99 7 ton steam crane 1901 Jessop & Appleby Bros.
No Description Built Maker
100 5 ton steam crane 1901 Jessop & Appleby Bros.
101 7 ton steam crane 1901 Jessop & Appleby Bros.
102 7 ton steam crane 1901 Jessop & Appleby Bros.
103 7 ton steam crane 1902 Jessop & Appleby Bros.
120 5 ton steam crane 1904 NZR
121 5 ton steam crane 1904 NZR
122 15 ton steam crane 1904 Andersons Ltd.
124 15 ton steam crane 1944 Ransomes & Rapier
129 7 ton steam crane 1903 Stothert & Pitt
136 7 ton steam crane 1906 Stothert & Pitt
137 7 ton steam crane 1906 Stothert & Pitt
138 7 ton steam crane 1906 Stothert & Pitt
139 7 ton steam crane 1906 Stothert & Pitt
140 7 ton steam crane 1906 Stothert & Pitt
141 5 ton steam crane 1907 NZR
142 5 ton steam crane 1907 NZR
143 20 ton steam crane 1907 Jessop & Appleby Bros.
149 5 ton steam crane 1908 NZR
No Description Built Maker
150 5 ton steam crane 1908 NZR
151 5 ton steam crane 1908 NZR
152 5 ton steam crane 1908 NZR
155 7.5 ton steam crane 1908 Browning Engineering Co
156 7 ton steam crane 1907 Stothert & Pitt
157 7 ton steam crane Jessop & Appleby Bros.
158 Steam Shovel Marion
163 Steam Shovel Whitaker Bros
164 Steam Shovel Whitaker Bros
166 Pile Driver
168 20 ton steam crane 1909 Applebys Ltd.
169 5 ton steam crane 1920 Butters Bros.
170 3.5 ton Petrol-Electric Mobile crane
171 2 ton Petrol-Electric Mobile crane
172 2 ton Petrol-Electric Mobile crane
173 2 ton Petrol-Electric Mobile crane
174 2 ton Petrol-Electric Super Mobile crane
175 2 ton Petrol-Electric Super Mobile crane
176 2 ton Petrol-Electric Super Mobile crane
177 2 ton Petrol-Electric Super Mobile crane
179 3.5 ton Petrol-Electric Mobile crane Ransomes & Rapier
197 10 ton diesel crane 1943 Ransomes & Rapier
198 4 ton diesel crane 1950 Jones (K&L Steelfounders)
199 40 ton steam crane 1936 Craven Bros.
No Description Built Maker
200 40 ton steam crane 1936 Craven Bros.
201 40 ton steam crane 1939 Craven Bros.
202 40 ton steam crane 1939 Craven Bros.
206 15 cwt steam grab 1931 Priestman Bros.
207 15 cwt steam grab 1931 Priestman Bros.
208 15 cwt steam grab 1931 Priestman Bros.
209 15 cwt steam grab 1934 Priestman Bros.
210 15 cwt steam grab 1934 Priestman Bros.
211 15 cwt steam grab 1937 Priestman Bros.
212 15 cwt steam grab 1944 Priestman Bros.
213 15 cwt steam grab 1945 Priestman Bros.
214 15 cwt steam grab 1945 Priestman Bros.
215 15 cwt steam grab 1945 Priestman Bros.
216 15 cwt steam grab 1946 Priestman Bros.
223 10 ton steam crane 1937 Cowans Sheldon & Co
224 10 ton steam crane 1937 Cowans Sheldon & Co
225 10 ton steam crane 1938 Cowans Sheldon & Co
226 10 ton steam crane 1939 Cowans Sheldon & Co
227 10 ton steam crane 1939 Cowans Sheldon & Co
246 10 ton hand crane c.1884 Cowans Sheldon & Co .
247 2 ton hand crane <1892
248 2 ton hand crane <1889
249 2 ton hand crane <1889
No Description Built Maker
250 5 ton hand crane <1892
251 5 ton hand crane <1892
252 10 ton hand crane c.1884 Cowans Sheldon & Co .
253 5 ton steam crane 1924 Ransomes & Rapier
254 7 ton steam crane 1925 Cowans Sheldon & Co
255 7 ton steam crane 1925 Cowans Sheldon & Co
256 7 ton steam crane 1925 Cowans Sheldon & Co
257 7 ton steam crane 1925 Cowans Sheldon & Co
258 5 ton steam crane 1925 Isles Ltd.
259 5 ton hand crane Ransomes & Rapier
260 2 ton hand crane
261 2 ton hand crane
262 2 ton hand crane
263 2 ton hand crane Ransomes & Rapier
264 2 ton hand crane
265 2 ton hand crane
266 2 ton hand crane
267 5 ton hand crane
268 5 ton hand crane
269 5 ton hand crane
270 5 ton hand crane Ransomes & Rapier
271 5 ton hand crane
272 5 ton hand crane
273 3 ton hand crane Cowans Sheldon & Co
274 2 ton hand crane Cowans Sheldon & Co
275 5 ton hand crane
276 5 ton hand crane
277 5 ton hand crane Ransomes & Rapier
278 5 ton hand crane
279 7 ton hand crane 1875 Ransomes & Rapier
280 10 ton hand crane 1902 Cowans Sheldon & Co
281 10 ton hand crane Cowans Sheldon & Co
282 2 ton hand crane
283 5 ton hand crane Ransomes & Rapier
284 2 ton hand crane
285 5 ton hand crane Ransomes & Rapier
286 2 ton hand crane Ransomes & Rapier
287 5 ton hand crane Ransomes & Rapier
288 2 ton hand crane Ransomes & Rapier
289 2 ton hand crane
290 5 ton hand crane Ransomes & Rapier
291 5 ton hand crane c.1886 Grafton Crane & Co
292 10 ton hand crane 1902 Cowans Sheldon & Co
293 5 ton hand crane ?Ransomes & Rapier
293 Pneumatic coaling crane ?NZR
294 Pneumatic Coaling craneNZR
295 Pneumatic Coaling craneNZR
296 Pneumatic Coaling crane
297 Pneumatic Coaling crane
298 Pneumatic Coaling craneAppleby/NZR
299 Pneumatic Coaling crane
No Description Built Maker
300 Pneumatic Coaling crane
301 Pneumatic Coaling crane
302 Pneumatic Coaling crane
303 Pneumatic Coaling crane
304 Pneumatic Coaling crane
305 Pneumatic Coaling crane
306 Pneumatic Coaling craneBray & Waddington
307 Pneumatic Coaling craneBray & Waddington
308 Pneumatic Coaling crane
309 Pneumatic Coaling crane
310 Pneumatic Coaling crane
311 Pneumatic Coaling crane
312 Pneumatic Coaling crane
313 Pneumatic Coaling crane
314 Pneumatic Coaling crane
315 Pneumatic Coaling crane
316 Pneumatic Coaling crane
317 Pneumatic Coaling crane
318 Pneumatic Coaling craneJessop & Appleby Bros
319 Pneumatic Coaling crane
320 Pneumatic Coaling crane
321 Pneumatic Coaling crane
322 Pneumatic Coaling crane
323 Pneumatic Coaling crane
324 Pneumatic Coaling crane
325 Pneumatic Coaling craneNZR
326 Pneumatic Coaling crane
327 Pneumatic Coaling craneNZR
328 Pneumatic Coaling crane
329 Pneumatic Coaling craneNZR
330 Pneumatic Coaling craneNZR
331 Pneumatic Coaling craneNZR
332 Pneumatic Coaling crane
333 Pneumatic Coaling crane
334 Pneumatic Coaling crane
335 Pneumatic Coaling craneNZR
336 Pneumatic Coaling crane
337 Pneumatic Coaling crane
338 Pneumatic Coaling craneNZR
339 Pneumatic Coaling crane
340 Pneumatic Coaling crane
341 Pneumatic Coaling craneNZR
342 Pneumatic Coaling craneNZR
343 Pneumatic Coaling craneNZR
344 Pneumatic Coaling craneNZR
345 Pneumatic Coaling craneNZR
346 Pneumatic Coaling craneNZR
347 Pneumatic Coaling crane
348 Pneumatic coaling crane NZR
349 Pneumatic Coaling craneNZR
No Description Built Maker
350 Pneumatic Coaling craneNZR
350 4 ton diesel crane 1950 Jones (K&L Steelfounders)
351 Pneumatic Coaling crane
352 Pneumatic Coaling craneNZR
353 Pneumatic Coaling craneNZR
354 Pneumatic Coaling craneNZR
355 Pneumatic Coaling crane
356 Pneumatic Coaling craneNZR
357 Pneumatic Coaling craneNZR
358 Pneumatic Coaling craneNZR
359 Pneumatic Coaling craneNZR
360 Pneumatic Coaling crane
361 Pneumatic Coaling craneNZR
362 Pneumatic Coaling crane
363 Pneumatic Coaling craneNZR
364 Pneumatic Coaling craneNZR
365 Pneumatic Coaling crane
366 Pneumatic Coaling craneNZR
367 15 ton electric crane 1930 Clyde Crane &Engineering
368 1 ton hand crane 1874 Cowans Sheldon & Co
368 15 ton electric crane 1961 Clyde Crane &Engineering
369 Pneumatic Coaling craneNZR
370 Pneumatic Coaling crane
371 Pneumatic Coaling crane
372 Pneumatic Coaling craneNZR
373 Pneumatic Coaling craneNZR
374 Pneumatic Coaling craneNZR
No Description Built Maker
407 4 ton diesel crane 1953 Jones (K&L Steelfounders)
500 40 ton diesel crane 1964 Cowans Sheldon & Co
511 10 ton diesel crane 1962 Cowans Sheldon & Co
512 10 ton diesel crane 1962 Cowans Sheldon & Co
550 15 ton diesel crane 1962 Cowans Sheldon & Co
551 15 ton diesel crane 1962 Cowans Sheldon & Co
552 15 ton diesel crane 1962 Cowans Sheldon & Co
553 15 ton diesel crane 1962 Cowans Sheldon & Co
EL 6002 60 tonne diesel crane 1979 NEI-Clark Chapman
EL 6019 60 tonne diesel crane 1979 NEI-Clark Chapman



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