Sudan Cranes

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My thanks to Chris Capewell for the list and for sending me the photos. The first two are by Alan Clothier; the photographer is unknown for the third, but if he sees it and lets us know we will be happy to credit him or remove it.

The list is attached, where the format is a little easier to read, and copied below:

RAILWAY BREAKDOWN AND TRAVELLING CRANES - SUDAN

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No. Rlwy. Power Capac. Wheels Manuf./Works No/Year


1 Sudan Rly. 3'6" S 10T 8W fixed R&R B2888/ca.1903
2. Sudan Rly. 3'6" S 10T 8W fixed R&R B2888/ca.1903
( similar Cape Govt. Rly. machines.)
Photo ‑ Neg 836 Archive HC427/7/15/6 vol. 7

-?- Sudan Rly. ?S ?T ?W S&P ?/14
Seen 1983

7 Sudan Govt S 25T 4-4W CS 4591/27

-?- Sudan Rly. S ?5T ?4W TSSR 13057/38
Seen 1983
-?- Sudan Rly. S ?5T ?4W TSSR 13058/38
Seen 1983
-?- Sudan Rly. ?S 5T ?4W TSSR 20361/52
Seen 1983
-?- Sudan Rly. ?S 5T ?4W TSSR 20362/52
Seen 1983

8 SudanRlys 3'6" S 45T 4-8-4RB CS 9978/56
Ordered 8/53; seen Kosti 1981 and 1/83
Scan - source? Rob Dickinson.
Diagram - CS file, c. B.Newman.

9 SudanRlys 3'6" D 65T 4-8-4RB CS 200/62
Ordered 1961
Photocopy - c. Des-Cad, at CS works.

11 Sudan Rlys 3'6" D 50/65T 4-8-4RB CS 328 - 329/ca64
12 Sudan Rlys 3'6" D 50/65T 4-8-4RB CS 328 - 329/ca64
Ordered 1963; same CS diagram/drawing no. 20294 as CS 200, but capacity noted varies. However WTT notes 65T
Photo – Atbara 2-1990, c. A.Clothier.

( Another reference notes 9, 11 and 12 as respectively 11, 12 and 13 )

20 Sudan Rlys 3'6" DE 65T 6+6W Orton McCullough
Photo – Atbara 10-1989, c. A.Clothier.

‑2no- Sudan Rly 3'6" DH 65T ?4+6+6+4RB CS /91
Type CCS65-8T 65 tonne @8M
Photo - Langley/Clark Chapman/CS Website 2006


Ordered by or for other than the Railway Administration



-?- Sudan Govt. ?3'6" ?S 5T 4W G 2993/1961
Scan – Juba, dumped 2007

-?- ?Sudan Rly. 3'6" H ?T ?8W ?/?
Scan – Karima, dumped 2010
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Notes:

1. Appleby supplied early railway equipment, possibly including hand powered cranes.
Grafton also worked in the Sudan and thus may have sold early cranes there.
Ransomes and Rapier almost certainly provided some sluice gate handling cranes for Nile barrage works.

2. Locations
Atbara the main workshops. Five regions with branch workshops in the towns of Kassala, Kosti, Sinar, El-Obeid, Khartoum, Port Sudan, and El-Rahad

3.Abbreviations / Translations
CS Cowans Sheldon, Carlisle.
G Grafton, Vulcan Works, Bedford
R&R Ransome and Rapier, Ipswich.
S&P Stothert and Pitt, Bath

= Jib, = Axles, = Capacity propped or blocked up

4.Thanks

Alan Clothier C.Eng, FIMechE
WTT 1 November 1945
WTT 15 November 1967

5.Miscellanea

Sudan Railways were by 2010 more or less defunct.
The likelihood any of the diesel cranes have had spares ordered is nearly nil.
They are probably all dumped.

C.R.Capewell, 93, Brondesbury Road, London NW6 6RY. 0207 328 0803.

Second draft - Revised xx/02/12
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Chris Capewell wrote:Piccie of he Karima crane is at ......
http://www.pbase.com/bmcmorrow/image/120985591

I am reasonably certain it is a Ransomes and Rapier delivered to the
railway ca 1905 as a steam crane but changed to hand power. The
carriage looks like a full proper railway carriage.
Nick McWilliams wrote:Hello Chris,

I happened to come across your page "Surviving Railway Cranes in
Africa". I am not at all knowledgeable about such matters, but I was
working in Juba, South Sudan, a few years ago (2007), and I am always
intrigued by signs of former times that I stumble upon around Africa.
In this case I was looking around the old port area on the Nile and
took some photos of a rail-mounted crane. I imagine it was once
adjacent to river, to lift loads from the Nile barges which travelled
from northern Sudan, but siltation on the river has moved the bank.

Attached are low-res versions, but if they're of interest, I can send
the original resolution pictures. You are welcome to use these on your
webpage (http://www.internationalsteam.co.uk/cra ... africa.htm)

I'll be interested to hear any comments from you.

Thanks and best wishes,

Nick.

PS the last photo is just for interest, what I guess it is an old
Bedford, which was sitting nearby, and like many others, still in use.
I'm in Juba at the moment, so I must look out for that crane! The Bedford trucks are still quite common. This one has a Ugandan registration number. There's one in the Kenya Railways workshop in Nairobi that still works. I drove one in South Sudan about 25 years ago, but I think that one hit a landmine eventually and is no longer with us.
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Chris wrote:As I suspected he had misread 12 and 13 - so firstly the photo is of 12, and secondly any reference to 13 in the list can be deleted, as can the note re 'another' report.
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Chris Capewell wrote:Please credit John Alexander.
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Nick McWilliams has given me another link which goes straight to his crane pictures online: http://www.internationalsteam.co.uk/cra ... th%20Sudan
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