Posted: Mar 21, 2020 @ 14:03:36 by Robin R Beck
Built in the 1880s and used at Kirkstall Forge in Leeds. May have originally been capable of lifting 4 tons, at some time it was down rated to 1 ton. Now on display at back of National Waterways Museum in Gloucester docks. The museum has restored this self propelled crane, occasionally doing demonstrations runs on a short length of track.
William Balmforth started his own business in the 1870s. His factory was at Peel Ing Foundry, Rodley. He build mostly steam cranes, but also a few vetical boilered locomotives. The firm was renamed Balmforth Brothers after his death. When his sons took over the business. The company ceased production in 1916.