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Latitude: 52.9194 / 52°55'9"N
Longitude: -4.107 / 4°6'25"W
OS Eastings: 258437
OS Northings: 337849
OS Grid: SH584378
Mapcode National: GBR 5Q.N4TX
Mapcode Global: WH55L.WWGB
Entry Name: Crane at S End of Boston Lodge Railway Works
Listing Date: 3 August 1994
Last Amended: 23 August 2002
Source ID: 14414
Building Class: Transport
Location: The railway yard known as Boston Lodge is a large complex at the south-east end of The Cob, facing Porthmadoc across the Traeth Mawr. This crane is at the extreme south end of the site.
Locality: Boston Lodge
Traditional County: Merionethshire
Boston Lodge was originally one of the two barracks built for the workforce constructing The Cob in 1808-11, William Madocks' major engineering project. It was widened in 1836 by the addition of the lower Cob to carry the new road and the original embankment was then converted to carry the new Ffestiniog Railway which was built as a narrow-gauge slate railway to connect the quarries at Blaenau Ffestiniog with the harbour at Porthmadoc. Boston Lodge was used to provide stabling for the horse-drawn railway but following introduction of steam locomotives in 1863, which in itself was a technological achievement given the gradients on this line, it was enlarged and converted into a locomotive works and yard; it was most unusual for such a small railway to be building its own carriages and locomotives. Boston Lodge retains this use because although the line was closed in 1946 it reopened in 1954 as a private steam railway. It is widely recognised as one of the world's historic railways and is believed to be the oldest surviving railway company. The name of the works derives from the fact that Madocks was MP for Boston, Lincolnshire.
Late C19 cast-iron crane set in base of massive slate blocks on central cast-iron pivot with frame supporting large gear wheels and shoe for gib (timber gib missing). Manufactured by 'H & J Ellis, Engineers, Manchester'. The crane would have been used to load goods to and from wagons on the siding.
Listed as part of this especially complete example of a C19 railway engineering works which has important historical associations with the Ffestiniog Railway.
Group value with other listed items at Boston Lodge.
Other nearby listed buildings