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Replica Brake Drum for ‘English’ incline
The brake drum is also known as a gin wheel

In early April 2008, the replica brake drum for the English incline was installed. The drum weighs over two tons so needs a bit of careful handling. The housing for the drum had previously been made ready. The drum arrived at the Underhill car park on Friday 4th April. The attempt to move the drum to its housing was abandoned on the Friday because of difficulties in getting the big crane from the car park to the housing. The drum was left on the car park and a second attempt, on Wednesday 9th April 2008, was successful.

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Long, winding, muddy and narow road

Long, winding, muddy and narow road

The way forward

The way forward

Waiting for the drum

Waiting for the drum

Housing prepared earlier

Housing prepared earlier

Drum arrives at car park

Drum arrives at car park

This crane is not for lifting the drum

This crane is not for lifting the drum

This crane will lilft the drum

This crane will lift the drum

Big crane sets off to housing

Big crane sets off to housing

Big crane not finding route easy

Big crane not finding route easy

Problems

Problems

Going back to the car park

Going back to the car park

CArefully back

CArefully back

The drum is parked

The drum is parked

Trying again

Trying again

Drum going on small truck

Drum going on small truck

Carefully!

Carefully!

Drum to go to housing

Drum to go to housing

Getting past the 'bad bend'.

Getting past the 'bad bend'.

on

on

...on

...on

............on

............on

and on

and on

Through!

Through!

and on

and on

Observers

Observers

Meeting at housing

Meeting at housing

Brakeman is ready

Brakeman is ready

Lift

Lift

carefully

carefully

steady

steady

left a bit

left a bit

air lift

air lift

down a bit more

down a bit more

getting there

getting there

get it right

get it right

that'll do

that'll do

straps away

straps away

securing

securing

big bolts

big bolts

Brilliant!

Brilliant!


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