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Former PRR 470189, built 9-29. Preserved crane tender at PA Railroad Museum. On display with crane 45210 above.
Location: Strasburg, PA   1-98
Photo Online: September 27, 1998

Tom Wolfgang - Strasburg, PA   1-98
CR 31188
Tom Wolfgang (64K)

The Selkirk, NY crane sits on a lonely siding on the west end of the depot with other old equipment at the National New York Central Museum. The unit is self-propelled and is the Museum's only working locomotive. Thanks to Mel Moore for the info!
Location: Elkhart, IN
Photo Online: November 28, 2003

Paul McGrane - Elkhart, IN  
CR 43205
Paul McGrane (113K)

Former Erie 3302, built 12-54. Preserved former Erie/EL crane at PA Railroad Museum. Built 1955 by Industrial Brownhoist. Lift capacity at 17'6" radius: 250 tons. Working weight: 192 tons. Powered by two 140hp Cummins engines.
Location: Strasburg, PA   1-98
Photo Online: September 27, 1998

Tom Wolfgang - Strasburg, PA   1-98  
CR 45210
Tom Wolfgang (54K)

Former RDG 90901 250-ton crane. Now owned by the RCT&HS.
Location: Leesport, PA   1998
Photo Online: February 18, 1999

Lon Godshall - Leesport, PA   1998
CR 45214
Lon Godshall (72K)

A converted steam engine tender used to store water for steam cranes when in operation. This one was coupled with crane CR 50089 when photographed at Rutherford's storage line. Had been assigned to CR 50089 above.
Location: Rutherford, PA   5-13-84
Photo Online: July 17, 1998

Robert Waller - Rutherford, PA   5-13-84
CR 45305
Robert Waller (36K)

Conrail boom car (aka crane tender) is now owned by the Reading Company Technical & Historical Society though we do not know the car's heritage.
Location: Leesport, PA   1998
Photo Online: February 18, 1999

Lon Godshall - Leesport, PA   1998
CR 45501
Lon Godshall (61K)

Former RDG 9457, built 9-41. These are called either boom cars or crane tenders. This one was assigned to CR 50089.
Location: Rutherford, PA   5-13-84
Photo Online: July 17, 1998

Robert Waller - Rutherford, PA   5-13-84
CR 45503
Robert Waller (49K)

Another shot of 45503 taken during the late-90s. By this time it had been retired, and the Reading Company Techincal & Historical Society had picked it up.
Location: Temple, PA   199?
Photo Online: June 12, 1999

Lon Godshall - Temple, PA   199?
CR 45503
Lon Godshall (63K)

A boom car built from a baggage car with its crane. This would make an excellent modeling project. I wish Jeff would have taken some detail shots!
Location: Altoona, PA   10-2-99
Photo Online: July 8, 2000

Jeff Lubchansky - Altoona, PA   10-2-99
CR 45509
Jeff Lubchansky (88K)

Former PRR 5385 baggage car built 1-23 turned into MoW storage duty.
Location: Altoona, PA   199?
Photo Online: June 12, 1999

Lon Godshall - Altoona, PA   199?
CR 45724
Lon Godshall (54K)

A stored steam crane at Rutherford. It's tender car and water tender are shown below. Following the water tender is gondola CR 45507 not pictured.
Location: Rutherford, PA   5-13-84
Photo Online: July 17, 1998

Robert Waller - Rutherford, PA   5-13-84
CR 50089
Robert Waller (47K)

Reading Company crane used in the Reading, PA area during the 1970s. The entire wreck train was sitting on the siding in Wyomissing awaiting movement. The crane's reporting marks have been stenciled with CR numbers, but the RDG logos oddly remain on the crane. You can see the boom car, followed by the water tank car, and the old RDG passenger cars turned MoW service. RDG 90893 below was coupled to this train. Dates on these b&w photos are approximate since I seem not to have dated them! If anyone can help date them, I'd appreciate it.
Location: Wyomissing, PA   12-77
Photo Online: June 2, 2005

Robert Waller - Wyomissing, PA   12-77
CR 50217
Robert Waller (62K)

Another view of the crane. You can see some of the wrecked boxcars in the background.
Location: Wyomissing, PA   12-77
Photo Online: June 2, 2005

Robert Waller - Wyomissing, PA   12-77
CR 50217
Robert Waller (49K)

Wheel tender.
Location: Harrington, DE   7-96
Photo Online: April 1, 1998

Tom Wolfgang - Harrington, DE   7-96
CR 73037 F42
Tom Wolfgang (48K)

A former New Haven 17295 wheel car. Repainted into CR scheme 9-79 at Hollidaysburg, PA.
Location: Allentown, PA   5-97
Photo Online: June 12, 1999

Lon Godshall - Allentown, PA   5-97
CR 73108
Lon Godshall (49K)

A former NYC wheel car Lon thinks was built 1941 in the Despatch Shops.
Location: Allentown, PA   5-97
Photo Online: June 12, 1999

Lon Godshall - Allentown, PA   5-97
CR 73146 690-F
Lon Godshall (53K)


Penn Central:


Former PRR heavyweight Pullman pressed into MoW service. This was the only PC MoW car to be repainted gray. This was most likely a commissary and sleeper.
Location: New Hamburg, NY   10-17-81
Photo Online: July 17, 1998

Jerome Rosenfeld - New Hamburg, NY   10-17-81
PC 28151
Jerome Rosenfeld (59K)


Pennsylvania Railroad:

Pennsy car placed into wreck train service, though turned into a storage car.
Location: Holidaysburg, PA   7-98
Photo Online: August 12, 1998

John Berger - Holidaysburg, PA   7-98
PRR 5239
John Berger (30K)


Reading Company:

Reading Company Tool Car. Though this photo was taken prior to Conrail, the car remained after the merger in RDG colors.
Location: Unknown   1960s
Photo Online: June 2, 2005

Bill Waller - Unknown   1960s
RDG 90797
Bill Waller (40K)

Reading Company boom car assigned to CR 50271 in Reading area.
Location: Reading, PA   1979
Photo Online: July 9, 1999

Robert Waller - Reading, PA   1979
RDG 90806
Robert Waller (62K)

Another shot of the boom car but taken while the crane was still in its RDG numbers. Not exactly sure when since I didn't date them.
Location: Reading, PA   12-77
Photo Online: July 9, 1999

Robert Waller - Reading, PA   12-77
RDG 90806
Robert Waller (56K)

Reading Company combine in wreck train service. Was part of train with CR 50217 above.
Location: Wyomissing, PA   12-77
Photo Online: June 2, 2005

Robert Waller - Wyomissing, PA   12-77
RDG 90893
Robert Waller (38K)

Reading Company crane. I don't know if this unit survived into Conrail, but I do lilke the photo.
Location: Unknown   1960s
Photo Online: September 1, 1999

Bill Waller - Unknown   1960s
RDG 90901
Bill Waller (40K)

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