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National Railway Historical Society

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Railfan Pictures of the Week - 07/01/2007

Conrail Abrams Yard Upper Merion PA February 1996

On occasion, the railroads move heavy equipment that requires special handling. These trains are usually referred to as dimensional moves. This heavy construction crane qualifies.

Built in Germany and leased by Van Seumeren of the Netherlands and UK, the Demag CC4800 is a conventional crawler crane used in large lifts at construction sites. It has a lift capacity of up to 800 tons. It is believed this unit was on its way to New York City where it would be used in the construction of the Brooklyn Navy Yard Cogeneration Facility.

In February of 2007, a CC4800 was used by heavy lift specialist Mammoet Transport (acquired by Van Seumeren in 2000) in the construction of a liquified natural gas facility for Qatargas. The CC4800-3 assisted in lifting a 1,450 ton absorber column similar to those that are built by Air Products and frequently shipped out of the Port of Morrisville in Pennsylvania.

Also of particular interest to modelers is that the CC4800 is available in HO scale, shots of a completed model can be found at Webshots.

Conrail SW1500 9594 and SW1001 9405 shift the train out of Abrams Yard.
Conrail GP40-2 3310 was on the rear, with spacer flats (CR and MTTX) next to the engines on both ends.
The treads were loaded on two bulkhead flats, one BN and the other TTX.
On another CR F40 flat were more pieces.
A four truck NS heavy duty flat car carried the crane house.


All pictures February 1996 Copyright © 2007 John P. Almeida

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