The work on the crane has been linked throughout to the progress on the Nene Valley Railway's educational building and classroom next to it. As such, work has been slow and steady on the crane through the year. The internal mechanisms on the crane were badly damaged and have been stripped. Each part has been assessed and repainted, however to get the crane working again would require a number of new gears to be cast. It is therefore likely the internal parts will be installed back as they were, though in a non-operational manner.
The jib itself has been needle gunned back to bare metal and primed, undercoated and top coated in original light grey.
The base was installed in the summer of 2013 whilst the crane was finally craned into place in October 2013 when a small crane was on site for other tasks.
The next step will be to start to reinstall the innerds of the crane and a hook on the end of the jib.
The crane following erection. Note the blocks to replace the weight of the innerds. (Photo: Angie Nurse)
It is seen here at The Great Train Robbery weekend in October. Since the previous photo the remainder of the base has been painted. (Photo: Chris Hallam)