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Babcock & Wilcox 10 ton Overhead Crane, Chillington Wharf, Wolverhampton.

Babcock & Wilcox 10 Ton Overhead Crane.

Babcock & Wilcox 10 Ton Overhead Crane

Sadly derelict.

In yesterday’s photograph of Chillington Wharf, I made mention of this feature. Built on the site of the second canal basin, which led off the original to the left, this was where in London Midland & Scottish days steel was transferred between railway trucks and canal boats. Sadly, over the years it has been vandalised, and the overtaking of nature is not improving the situation. Nevertheless, this is a fine example of a Babcock & Wilcox 10 ton Overhead Crane still in situ.One can only imagine how this scene might have looked a few years ago when the site was still in full operation, although there are still some photographs around. Even in its current state, this crane still commands respect and is a familiar landmark along the canal. Let’s hope that the site does get restored and renovated for future generations to appreciate.

For a fuller history, see the BCN Society website.

Photograph Details:

  • Taken: 23 Apr 2020
  • Camera: Canon 5D MkIII
  • Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm 1:2.8 L II USM
  • Focal Length 25mm
  • F/7.1
  • 1/250 sec
  • ISO 100

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