NZR&LS Archive Crane Holdings

I visited the Archive at Ava during the period of 8-10 December 2003. On this visit I mainly explored what holdings the Archive had, and photocopied a number of documents for later investigation at home. Many thanks to Mark Cole (the archivist) and his associates for their warm welcome and their assistance during my visit!

The data in this document is broken into five parts.


1) Summary of selected NZR correspondence

from the crane file box sighted at the NZR&LS Ava Archive on Dec 8, 2003 (I did not record the details of some documents which I already had, and am now unable to identify which documents those were).

File Ref Date to from subject notes
Memo10-5-1988Mngr Purchasing & SupplyMngr Plant & VehiclesDisposal of surplus railcranes
63/34-8-1987Service Manager PNMngr Plant & Vehicles, CentralRail cranes
27/5923-12-1983CCECMEReplacement of railcranes
Train Advice 15079-5-1983Wgtn60 tonne breakdown cranes
22/54-9-1981C&W Inspector Westfield, Te RapaDMEO AklAir brake maintenance instructions
?11-8-1981WM East TownDMEO AklBoiler ex ELS 1002 (condemned crane)
27/59210-8-1981DMEO AklCMEOELS 1002
27/59214-7-1981DMEO AklCMEOELS 709 : ELS 1002
27/592? June 1981Appendix A Proposals for replacement of steam rail cranes
27/59229-6-1981DMEO AklCMEOELS 709, ELS 1002, ELS 1015
27/59222-5-1981DE DnCCE (Plant) OfficeTransfer of 10 tonne steam crane ELS 1043 to Auckland
226/60/446-3-1981DEsCCEO60 tonne rail cranes No.s EL 6002 and EL 6019
Train Advice 596711-11-1980DTM AklRunning rights for new 60 tonne cranes
27/59230-9-1980CCEMr OxleyReplacement of steam rail cranes
Train Advice 47925-9-1980DTM AklRunning rights for new 60 tonne cranes
27/59229-8-1980CMEOCCEOLoad indicating equipment: all steam and disel rail cranes operated by Way & Works Branch except 40 tonne capacity machines
Train Advice 315713-6-1980DTM AklRunning rights for new 60 tonne cranes
?5-6-1980Sen.Loco.Maintainer, TaumarunuiLoco.Supervisor, TaumarunuiRail cranes - lubrication of axle boxes
?30-7-1979DEsIdentification of on-track breakdown cranes
76/34523-7-1979CCEOCTMOIdentification of on-track breakdown cranes
54/3723-8-1973J.HillPacific Scrap Ltd, Chch
?14-11-1972Sen.Fitter, TaumarunuiLoco.Supervisor, Taumarunui40 ton steam crane : lubrication of steam brake
54/377-10-1973J.HillPacific Scrap Ltd, WgtnLoco scrap - steam crane No.103
?29-4-1968variousDMEO AklAxlebox lubrication of steam and diesel rail breakdown cranes
25/157R7-8-1967CMEODMEO AklAlterations and additions to locomotives etc P.E. 15-7-1967
?25-5-1966Sen.Fitter, TaumarunuiLoco.Supervisor, TaumarunuiAccident prevention : crane operation safety notices
Train Advice 162219-7-1965DTMO, WanganuiAmmendment to Working Timetable
?18-6-1964Sen.Fitter, TaumarunuiLoco.Supervisor, Taumarunui15 ton capacity : diesel rail cranes Nos. 550-553
25/157R26-8-1963CMEODMEO, WgtnAlterations to locomotives P.E. 17-8-1963
25/157R29-7-1963CMEODMEO, WgtnAlterations to locomotives P.E. 20-7-1963
?15-5-1963Sen.Fitter, TaumarunuiLoco.Supervisor, TaumarunuiExamination of powered cranes by assistant engineer
?7-2-1963Sen.Fitter, TaumarunuiLoco.Supervisor, TaumarunuiCranes : brake adjustments
28/57810-11-1961GMCMEORepairs to cranes : westport wharf
25/157R15-4-1958CMEODMEO AklAlterations to locomotives P.E. 1-3-1958
25/157R10-4-1957CMEODMEO WgtnAlterations to locomotives P.E. 31-3-1957
25/157R15-3-1957CMEODMEO WgtnAlterations to locomotives P.E. 2-3-1957
26/6379-7-1956CMEODMEO AklPriestman Coaling cranes
?3-12-1952Inspection of overhead, travelling and mobile cranes - North Island
07/214, 24/56330-11-1951DMEO AklCMEOMaintenance : Inspection of cranes
24/5635-10-1951DMEs, WMs, WFsCMEOMaintenance and Inspection of cranes
24/78527-5-1949GMCMEOCoal handling facilities at locomotive depots
?25-5-1948All DCEs and RCEsCCEOHire of maintenance branch steam cranes
27/59224-7-1940Comptroller of StoresLoco SuperintendentElectric headlight for cranes - 1939/40 programme
27/59218-3-193640-ton steam breakdown cranes - schedule of drawings
26/1382-9-1932GMLoco SuperintendentWriting off two ton steam crane No.16
Loco/95A5-1-1929Westport



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2) Other selected documents

from the crane file box sighted at the NZR&LS Ava Archive on Dec 8, 2003. (I did not record the details of some documents which I already had, and am now unable to identify which documents those were).

WTT (NIML& Bches) from Sun 28-1-1934 pp167-168
NZMRJ Dec 2000 p20 'More on pneumatic cranes
Listing of NZR cranes by W.Prebble (2001)
Listing of cranes by P.Treweek (web site hardcopies) 2003



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3) Mechanical Branch Plan Index (miscellaneous "M" series) Extracts

The following data was extracted from a photocopy of the New Zealand Railway & Locomotive Society Archives Collection Mechanical Branch Plan Index (miscellaneous "M" series) as at December 9, 2003. I have not as yet checked whether all these plans are in fact available.

(Media T=tracing, P=print, D=drawing)

Plan NoMediaDateOriginal NoDescription of Plan / Title
187P1963E7710743Hydraulic Crane: Greymouth - Crankshaft
188P19074521Greymouth: Hydraulic Crane - hose connection
189Pc.19074579Greymouth: Hydraulic Crane - pipe work
190Pc.19074501Greymouth: Hydraulic Crane - pipe work
191Pc.19074509Greymouth: Hydraulic Crane - old & new trunnion rings
192Pc.19074501Greymouth: Hydraulic Crane - letter re
193Pc.19074579Greymouth: Hydraulic Crane - details of walking pipe
194P19094547Greymouth: Hydraulic Crane - sizes of stuffing boxes
195P19094547Greymouth: Hydraulic Crane - sizes of stuffing boxes
196Pc.19074615Bevel wheels & clutch for slewing gear
197Pc.19074565ADetails
198Pc.19074565CDetails
199Pc.19044565DDetails of top chain pulley & gin block
200Pc.19044565BDetails of winding drum
201Pc.19044565EDetails of jib
202Pc.19044560BDetails of pipes
203Pc.19044560ADetails of pipes
204Pc.19044548BHigh pressure pipe
205Pc.19044548APWD 15529 High pressure pipe
206Pc.19044548PWD 15529 High pressure pipe
207Pc.19094548CHigh pressure pipe
208Pc.19094563APulleys and shafts
257P197134/549/132 1/2 ton Goliath Crane - Wellington
258P196020258RA15 ton travelling crane
259P19044500Greymouth: 10 ton hydraulic crane
443P1981AR181040 ton Diesel crane springs
444P1981AR180915 ton Diesel crane springs
478P1969DMEC571Beam for lifting DJ locomotives
479P1963PD109015Lifting gear for caterpillar engines
480/1P1953PD100370/11/2 ton pillar crane (CCE plan 67895)
480/2P1953PD1003701 ton pillar crane (CCE plan 67895)
481PDMEC574Links for spreader beam
482/1P1966PD103923/2Schem.layout hydraulic equip.mobile lifting beam
482/2P1966PD103923/1Hydraulic tank - mobile lifting beam
482/3P1966PD103923/4Wheel for mobile lifting beam
482/4P1966PD103923/5Wheel bases and wheel assembly
482/5P1966PD1039235 1/2 ton mobile lifting beam - wood wagon - Addton
482/6P1966PD103923/3Jack assembly
483P1975PD103923/21/2 ton jib crane
485P198372804035 2/3 tonne pillar crane
486P1983DE24847Lifting bracket for rail beams: Makatote viaduct
488P1984DMEC682Otira: 2 ton powerhouse crane
491P1983PD3095Jib crane for Bullard turning mill
492PPDZ106204J locomotive lifting gear
493PPDZ106510/42DX lifting strop link
497T1960PDZ106510/16Lifting gear for all diesel radiators
502/1P1983Addington - Woodmill crane (sheet 1)
502/2P1983Addington - Woodmill crane (sheet 2
504P1908461220 ton portable steam coaling crane
505P4587Greymouth hyd.crane - return waterhouse connection
506P4587Greymouth hyd.crane - gun metal bend & connection
507P1908Add.2622 ton steam crane No.17
508P1907233497 ton portable steam crane
509P1911Add.323Alteration to coaling crane
511P1901451410 ton hand crane
512P1901451310 ton hand crane jib
513P1901451210 ton hand crane - details
514P1901451110 ton hand crane - details
515P1901451010 ton hand crane - general arrangement
516P19064296Greymouth Wharf: prop.alterations to hyd.cranes
517P190642865 ton steam crane - general arrangement
518T P253567 ton steam crane (micofilmed)
519P19074246Greymouth Wharf: prop.alterations to hyd.cranes
520P1905258723 ton crane - general arrangement
521P19033208Hinged doors at bottom of coal bucket
522P19023188Alterations to 12 ton steam crane - Greymouth
523P19023086Alterations to 18 ton steam crane - Greymouth
524P2714Steam Navvy (CCE plan 23605)
525P1903123020 ton steam crane - details of jib
526P19031315A15 ton crane for Westport Harbour Brd - gen arrt.
527P1903121220 ton steam crane - details of superstructure
528P1902120320 ton steam crane - details of carriage
529P115220 ton steam crane - proposed for Westport Harbour Board
530P706section showing slewing gear (not adopted)
531P188758210cwt coal bucket
532P18802083 ton steam crane
533P1874PWD2021Crane arrangement
534P19057510 ton Hydraulic crane: Greymouth
535PHSX405315 ton Diesel crane modifications
536P1905A163/82Steam crane excavator - Altns to cylinders (PWD21684
538P19145497Coaling crane
539P191354755 ton crane - details of travelling wheel
540P5474 102685 ton electric overhead travelling crane
541P19135461Radius of jub crane No.51
542P19085421 682830cwt hyraulic pillar crane
543P1908542030cwt hyraulic pillar crane
544P1908541930cwt hyraulic pillar crane
546P19115415NZR Crane No.60 - Westport - roller path & pinion
547P19125415NZR Crane No.60 - Westport
549P19115409Radius indicator for cranes
552P16210XB8Controller diagram - electric overhead crane
553P1911768720 ton overhead travelling crane - wiring diagram
554P467112 ton steam crane: jib radius; crane No.75
555P4649Crane No.252 - jib radii
556P19114649Crane No.252 - existing jib
557P19114649Crane No.252 - general layout
558P19114647Hydraulic crane No.3 - side elevation of gantry
559P4646Greymouth: crane No.3 - details
560P4645Greymouth: crane No.3
561P4644Greymouth: crane No.3
562P464220 ton standard electric overhead crane
563P46415 ton standard electric overhead crane
566P4623Greymouth Wharf: 8 ton hydraulic crane - altns to lift 10 tons
3566P19031372Andersons Ltd - proposed crane for Westport HB - 20 ton steam crane : details of bedplate (sheet 5)
3567P19031230Andersons Ltd - proposed crane for Westport HB - 20 ton steam crane : detail of jib (sheet 4)
3568P19031244Andersons Ltd - proposed crane for Westport HB - 20 ton steam crane : engine details
3569P19031243Andersons Ltd - proposed crane for Westport HB - 20 ton steam crane : arrangement of engine
3570P19031247Andersons Ltd - proposed crane for Westport HB - 20 ton steam crane : cast iron details for engine
3571P19041339Details
3572P19041340ADetails
3573P19041350ADetails
3574P19031373Details
3575P19031370Details of brake band (15 ton) crane No.122
3576P19031368Engine details
3577P19021203Details of carriage (Sheet 1)
3578P1902706Sectional elevation of slewing gear
3579P19031215A15 ton steam crane - general arrangement
3580P19031152Sketch of proposed crane (not adopted)
3581P1903137920 ton steam crane - details of cylinder
3582P190367215 ton steam crane - details of cylinder
3583P19021209Vertical boiler for 20 ton travelling crane (sht 2)
3584TCrane No.122 - general arrangement
3585P19041353A(Part) details
3586P19041352ADetails of shafting
3587P19031374Details
3588P19041212Details of superstructure (15T steam crane) (sht 3)
3589P19021212Details of superstructure (15T steam crane) (sht 2)
4014P1898173Crane - 7 ton contractors' - Jessup & Appleby
4015P1897187Crane - 7 ton contractors' - Jessup & Appleby (details of house)
4016P1897187Crane - 7 ton contractors' - Jessup & Appleby (details of superstructure)
4017P1897187Crane - 7 ton contractors' - Jessup & Appleby (side girders, centre castings, etc)
4018Pc.1880Canterbury Railways: Cowan & Sheldon 2 ton whip
4019PCrane jib: oregon pine No.11
4020PCrane No.11 (Appleby 2 ton) & 11 (Owen & Co 5 ton)
4021P190525986Stoddart & Pitt: 10T hydraulic coal crane-pipe ftg
4022P1899100/2Wn Harb.Board: hydraulic crane - lifting cylinders
4023P1899100/4 Wn Harb.Board: alternative method of rams
4024P1886PWD14218Armstrong Mitchell & Co: Greymouth wharf; foundations for capstan
4025P1886PWD14217Greymouth wharf: Arrt. of steam engine, boilers, etc
4026P2041925 ton steam breakdown crane: Craven Bros
4027P1890184A10cwt crane - head piece
4028P421Greymouth - stopcock
4029P421Greymouth: pipes & connection for hydraulic plant
4030P1886PWD14214Greymouth wharf: 8 ton crane
4031P1886PWD14215Greymouth wharf: foundations for steam pumping engine
4032P1886PWD14219Greymouth wharf: general arrt. of hydraulic machinery & pipes
4033P1886PWD14216Greymouth wharf: Foundations for Cornish boiler
4034P19106395Appleby crane: main lifting spur wheels
4035P19053279Appleby crane: duplicate spur wheels for 20T steam cranes
4036P2840Detail of travelling wheel and end carriage
4037P102685 ton electric overhead travelling crane - general arrangement
4038T19045482Joseph Booth: 20T overhead hand crane (microfilmed)
4039T19045483Joseph Booth: 20T overhead hand crane - girders for (microfilmed)
4040P19145497Whip crane conversion (microfilmed)
4041P4613Greymouth wharf: proposed 10 ton hydraulic crane
4042P19084612Appleby: 20 ton portable coaling crane - travelling gear - crane No.60 Westport
4043P19084593Appleby: 20 ton steam portable crane
5103P190764Boiler end of 5-7 ton crane
5104P65Longitudinal beams for overhead crane
9581P190413671Stothart & Pitt: arrt. of 20 ton hand o'head travelling crane
9582P190420T hand powered o'head travelling crane Vaughn Crane Co.
9585P1904W14Girders for 20 ton hand overhead crane Joseph Booth
9586P1904W1320 ton overhead hand crane Joseph Booth
9587P190420 ton hand travelling crane Henry J Cole
10475Pc.1920Whangarei-North Auckland Railway - steam shovel excavation
10476Pc.1920Whangarei-North Auckland Railway - steam shovel excavation
10477PYard crane : NZR prototype
10478PYard crane : NZR prototype
10479PCompressed air coal crane : NZR prototype
10480PCompressed air crane
10481P196240 ton Diesel breakdown crane
10482PCraven 40 ton crane
10483PPriestman standard dumping grab
10484PPriestman loco grab crane No.20
10485P1934Priestman loco grab crane No.20 : parts list
10334T1908PWD23930Stratford - crane
10891T18793 ton steam crane parts
10892T1874PWD20255 ton steam crane Ransome & Rapier
10893T196340 ton Diesel crane - appln of match wagon trestle
10894T196315 ton Diesel crane - appln of match wagon trestle
10903T19361541810 ton steam travelling crane - Cowans Sheldon & Co: general arrangement
10904T193615418/810 ton steam travelling crane - Cowans Sheldon & Co: carriage ballast
10905T193615418/1510 ton steam travelling crane - Cowans Sheldon & Co: arrt. of carriage block & clutch gear
10906T193615418/1310 ton steam travelling crane - Cowans Sheldon & Co: bogie frames
10907T193615418/1210 ton steam travelling crane - Cowans Sheldon & Co: carriage frame
10908T193615418/710 ton steam travelling crane - Cowans Sheldon & Co: centre pin details
10909T193615418/2010 ton steam travelling crane - Cowans Sheldon & Co: arrangement of levers
10910T193615418/2810 ton steam travelling crane - Cowans Sheldon & Co: ropes
10911T193615418/110 ton steam travelling crane - Cowans Sheldon & Co: superstructure arrangement
10912T193615418/1410 ton steam travelling crane - Cowans Sheldon & Co: carriage details
10913T1936B55S10 ton steam travelling crane - Cowans Sheldon & Co: 10 ton standard block
10914T193615418/210 ton steam travelling crane - Cowans Sheldon & Co: details of hoisting & derricking barrels
10915T193615418/310 ton steam travelling crane - Cowans Sheldon & Co: cheek bottom stretcher
10916T1936EG510 ton steam travelling crane - Cowans Sheldon & Co: 3"x12" link motion (cylinders)
10917T193610 ton steam travelling crane - Cowans Sheldon & Co: axle box
10918T1936HC10 ton steam travelling crane - Cowans Sheldon & Co: 2 ton standard hook
10919T1936HF10 ton steam travelling crane - Cowans Sheldon & Co: 5 ton standard hook
10920T193615418/2110 ton steam travelling crane - Cowans Sheldon & Co: rail clips
10921T193615418/2210 ton steam travelling crane - Cowans Sheldon & Co: jib & details
10922T193612337/510 ton steam travelling crane - Cowans Sheldon & Co: friction cones
10923T193612337/910 ton steam travelling crane - Cowans Sheldon & Co: superstructure castings
10924T193614210/410 ton steam travelling crane - Cowans Sheldon & Co: live ring & pathways
10925T1936EG110 ton steam travelling crane - Cowans Sheldon & Co: 3"x12" cylinders
10926T1936EG210 ton steam travelling crane - Cowans Sheldon & Co: 3"x12" cylinders & guide
10297T1936EG310 ton steam travelling crane - Cowans Sheldon & Co: standard 3"x12" engines, pistons & piston rods
10928T193615418/1010 ton steam travelling crane - Cowans Sheldon & Co: cheeks
10929T193615418/510 ton steam travelling crane - Cowans Sheldon & Co: slewing & travelling details
10930T193615418/610 ton steam travelling crane - Cowans Sheldon & Co: details of auxilliary lifting gear, engine shaft etc
10931T193615418/1610 ton steam travelling crane - Cowans Sheldon & Co: travel brake & clutch details
10932T193615418/1710 ton steam travelling crane - Cowans Sheldon & Co: draw beams & chain tensioning device
10933T193615418/1810 ton steam travelling crane - Cowans Sheldon & Co: top stretcher
10934T193615418/1910 ton steam travelling crane - Cowans Sheldon & Co: detail of brakes
10935T193615418/2110 ton steam travelling crane - Cowans Sheldon & Co: detail of levers
10936T193615418/2310 ton steam travelling crane - Cowans Sheldon & Co: detail of stays & tie rods
10937T193615418/2410 ton steam travelling crane - Cowans Sheldon & Co: arrangement of pipes
10938T193615418/2510 ton steam travelling crane - Cowans Sheldon & Co: detail of tank, coal boxes, platform & tail plate
10939T193615418/2610 ton steam travelling crane - Cowans Sheldon & Co: detail of canopy
10940T193615418/2710 ton steam travelling crane - Cowans Sheldon & Co: detail of radius indicator & levers
10941T193615418/2910 ton steam travelling crane - Cowans Sheldon & Co: spring centring gear
10942T193615418/3010 ton steam travelling crane - Cowans Sheldon & Co: connection diagram & jib light arrt.
10943T193615418/3110 ton steam travelling crane - Cowans Sheldon & Co: arrangement of electrical equipment
10944T193615418/3210 ton steam travelling crane - Cowans Sheldon & Co: details of pipes
10945T193615418/3310 ton steam travelling crane - Cowans Sheldon & Co: carriage ballast
10946T1936EG410 ton steam travelling crane - Cowans Sheldon & Co: 3"x12" connection rods
10947T193610 ton steam travelling crane - Cowans Sheldon & Co: axlebox details
10948P19213006Loco steam grabbing crane : Bedford Eng'ng Co.
10949P1968Front axle assembly for 2 & 3 ton hydraulic mobile crane
11781TTail of crane showing alterations (Andersons Limited)
11782T1812Brake wheel (Andersons crane)
11800T1904Position of extra weight added to 15 ton crane - Andersons
11833P19414016Arrt & details of tail lamps for locos & cranes
11840P4039Blow-down cock for steam crane
11841P19384040Westport: worm & worm-wheel for slewing gear - electric crane
11842P19414041Crane No.103: details of slewing engine clutch



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4) Mechanical Branch Specifications Index (miscellaneous "M" series) Extracts

The following data was extracted from a photocopy of the New Zealand Railway & Locomotive Society Archives Collection Mechanical Branch Specification Index (miscellaneous "M" series) as at December 9, 2003. I have not as yet checked whether all these plans are in fact available.

(Media T=tracing, P=print, D=drawing)

Plan NoMediaDateOriginal NoDescription of Plan / Title
12591c.1920Stothert & Pitt : steam cranes
125921921Stothert & Pitt : portable cranes, specn etc
125931906Whitaker Bros : steam cranes & excavators
12594Craven Bros : breakdown cranes
125951935Craven Bros : cranes
12596Craven Bros : breakdown cranes
12597Alex Chaplin cranes
12598c.1921John Wilson : lifting machinery
12599c.1950Rapier mobile cranes
12600Craven Bros : electrically driven cranes
12601Priestman : dredges (photographs)
12602Priestman : grabs (photographs)
12603Priestman : steam coaling crane - working instructions (includes photos & drawings)
12604c.1970Leyland : Trackweld T lift crane - tractor unit
12605Fredrick W. Scott : catalogue of wire ropes
126061908Butters cranes
12607c.1930Industrial Works (USA) : locomotive cranes
126081917Browning (USA) : locomotive cranes
12609Smiths cranes
12610Richard Gibbons : lifting machinery
126111957Hamilton hydraulic crane : owners manual
126121972Hamilton 7 ton mobile crane : equipment & parts
126131939Craven 40 ton steam cranes : inspection report
126141936Craven 40 ton steam cranes : inspection report
126151921Taylor & Hubbard : specification for steam crane
126161922Grafton & Co : steam cranes - price list
126171921Bedford Engineering Co.: steam crane specification
12618Ransomes & Rapier: Stokes crane
1261960 ton cranes : radius indicator - technical & instructions
12620Clark Chapman (crane manufacturers - history)
12621Crane design : technical papers
12622JSW: excavator BH50 & BH45
12623Whangarei Engineering Co.: Handicrane
12626Taylor & Andrews (Christchurch): 2 ton crane
12627Taylor & Andrews (Christchurch): cert. of design etc, for 20 ton crane
12628T lift 5 ton hydraulic crane
12629Hamilton 5 ton hydraulic crane
126351920Thos Smith : Locomotive steam cranes
126361920Thos Smith : portable hand and fixed cranes
126371920Thos Smith : locomotive electric cranes
12638John Grieve : crane
126391925Ransomes & Rapier : breakdown cranes
126401949British Engineering : portable jib cranes
138391972Goliath crane - Wgtn wharf
138401974CME spec 556 (Westport Wharf crane)
138411974CME spec 545 (Goliath cranes for goods yards)
138421976CME spec 563 (60 ton breakdown cranes)



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5) Boiler Files

Boiler files for the following cranes were located in the archive. They are currently stored with the files for stationary boilers. The listed files were sighted on December 10, 2003

Crane No:
124 (ELS 1599)
199 (ELS 4035)
200 (ELS 4007)
202 (ELS 4048)
226 (ELS 1015)
227 (ELS 1030)


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