Retired from Working the Rails, a 160-ton Steam-Powered Crane Joins Oregon's Western Steam Fiends
Opposite page: The 1928, 160-ton steam-powered Bucyrus-Erie crane in its full glory at the 2004 Great Oregon Steam-Up in Brooks, Ore.
Right: Looking out over the massive, 45-foot-long boom from the engine house.
Below: Outriggers at the corners and center of the crane keep the unit stable during a pick. The center outrigger (left) extends 11 feet total. The corner outriggers (right) have jacks built in the ends.
Left: Don Parsio looks over the crane’s boom during the 2004 Great Oregon Steam-Up in Brooks, Ore.
Right Dennis Root tends to the myriad valves inside the crane’s engine house.
Below: The crane has three cable drums, with air valves controlling key functions. Red handles are for brakes, yellow handles are for main lift, auxiliary lift, clutches, engine reverse and swing.
Above: In the belly of the beast. The Bucyrus-Erie crane is equipped with a diesel-fueled boiler.
Right: Four-inch steam lines (wrapped in reflective heat tape) feed the twin 12-inch-by-12-inch cylinders.