Cnj #5 Steam Derrick Idler Gondola #9208

This steam-powered wrecking crane was part of a small fleet of cards designed solely to maintain the railway -- to remove wrecks and to lay, replace, and resurface the track. The Central Railroad of New Jersey #5 steam derrick was built in 1918 and spent most of its working life in northeastern Pennsylvania. It could lift up to 150 tons. Read more »

Location:
150 South Washington Avenue,Pennsylvania,Scranton,18503
Identifier:
2011.5671.0001
Institution:
Steamtown National Historic Site

Railroad Gravel Fork

Railroad track workers move gravel to the area between the ties with a gravel fork. The fork has tongs about a half inch apart.
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Location:
150 South Washington Avenue,Pennsylvania,Scranton,18503
Identifier:
2011.5671.0002
Institution:
Steamtown National Historic Site

Railroad Double Crow Bar

Railroad track workers used double crow bars to straighten tracks and other uses.
"One day we were straightening the tracks. We had crowbars which we put under the track. At a signal we would all heave together, straightening the tracks an inch at a time. The sweat poured down our faces in the sun, burning our eyes and putting us in a savage humor," wrote Eric Sonnichsen in "I Was Workin' on the Railroad" in American Mercury, June 1930.

Location:
150 South Washington Avenue,Pennsylvania,Scranton,18503
Identifier:
2011.5671.0003
Institution:
Steamtown National Historic Site