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Steam Crane RS38 'Toby Giblets'

 
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Joe2027



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 23, 2014 2:56 pm    Post subject: Steam Crane RS38 'Toby Giblets' Reply with quote

I noticed on an old film taken in the 1970's, that the SVR had a steam crane to load the coal into tenders. Did the steam crane become redundant, or did it give up the ghost and was scrapped?
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cherry_p



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 24, 2014 6:50 pm    Post subject: Re: Steam Crane Reply with quote

Joe2027 wrote:
I noticed on an old film taken in the 1970's, that the SVR had a steam crane to load the coal into tenders. Did the steam crane become redundant, or did it give up the ghost and was scrapped?
The only crane used to coal locos was the Ruston Bucyrus diesel crane, which was not rail-mounted, and was used at Bridgnorth until the Sambron was bought.
The early steam crane was used by the P.Way, and as I recall was scrapped many years ago.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 25, 2014 2:59 pm    Post subject: Steam Crane Reply with quote

The original coaling crane was an old RB10 diesel crane which was replaced in, I think, the early 1980s by the Sambron. Prior to that a coal lift/hoist was used, which subsequently moved to Bewdley.
The P.Way crane, affectionately known as Toby Giblets, was GWR 2 1/2 ton crane no. RS38.That and its 2 match trucks, DW38 and DW39 are now at Llangollen (or rather were, according to the 1998 stock book).

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 25, 2014 6:00 pm    Post subject: Re: Steam Crane Reply with quote

Peter Share wrote:
The P.Way crane, affectionately known as Toby Giblets, was GWR 2 1/2 ton crane no. RS38.That and its 2 match trucks, DW38 and DW39 are now at Llangollen (or rather were, according to the 1998 stock book).

Peter
yes -- original crane was RS38, and it did indeed move to Llangollen -- in 1978.
Appears to have moved on to Swindon & Cricklade, but some reports show it's moved on from there since.

I think you'll find that the crane known as 'Toby Giblets' is the later one DW35, which came to the SVR in 1974.
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PostPosted: Fri May 09, 2014 4:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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SVREngineeringSteam‏ Twitter. May 8
The boiler No. 2506 aka 30 ton steam crane is complete & about to be shunted for steam testing


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https://twitter.com/SVREngsteam

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Graham



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 02, 2017 9:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

For those who are interested, a photo of GWR RS38 turned up on Facebook, so it has now got a page at https://www.svrwiki.com/GWR_RS38
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bowell_d



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 03, 2017 9:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've often wondered, why "Toby Giblets"?

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Robin



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 03, 2017 1:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

bowell_d wrote:
I've often wondered, why "Toby Giblets"?

DaveB
From another thread on this forum:
xpc smooth wrote:
mrmover wrote:
Is the 6 ton crane the one known as Tony Gibletts?

What is the origin of the name?


It's Toby Jiblets, and it originated with Tommy Smyth, the redoubtable P. Way foreman for many years. Tommy coined many of his own words for objects, which became common P.Way speech. "lets" was tagged on to many words as appropriate; any object became a "piece," viz, "Hancock, get on the Jiblets and fetch me dose pieces." (John, get on the crane and bring me those sleepers." "Brooksy, wind up da green piece, we gots to do a little shuntlets." (Brooksy, start the Class 25, we are going to do a shunt." You needed to be there...

Tommy was living proof that dynamite frequently comes in small Irish packages and that there was no such thing as an immoveable object, not if Tommy wanted it moved.

Jiblets presumably coming from the crane jib.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 03, 2017 5:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dear All, an absolutely delightful story firmly part of the Severn Valley history. I would reckon there must be a wealth of other similar tales?
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