2 Ton Jib Crane
To assist with the loading and unloading of wagons at each end of the line, the Glyn Valley Tramway purchased two jib cranes of 2 ton lift capacity from the firm of H & J Ellis of Salford in 1873.
The one originally sited at Glyn Ceiriog adjacent the goods shed opposite the Glyn Valley Hotel is a unique survivor. It languished out of use after the tramway had closed but, instead of going for scrap, in 1940 it was purchased by the local Nantyr Estate and re-located for general use on the estate.
Fast-forwards seventy-two years and the crane, still extant but now fitted with a utility pole jib, was acquired for our heritage centre at Glyn Ceiriog.
The crane was carefully disassembled and transported to our site in Glyn Ceiriog where, after a period in storage, it was restored. A new timber jib was made to the original design pattern.
The series of captioned photos below show installation and re-assembly of the crane in its new position at the entrance of our visitor centre site at Glyn Ceiriog.