LATL-9225

"Crane Car" (a.k.a. Derrick)
John Smatlak photo
Car Specs
Car Number: 
9225
Type: 
5-ton Derrick
Builder: 
LARy
Built / Retired: 
1912 - 1963
Notes: 
operational

9225 is a self-propelled crane car; it has an operator’s cab at one end, and a five-ton capacity crane at the other. The crane mechanism is electrically powered (notice the trolley pole on the roof of the crane “cab”) and is controlled by an operator seated inside the crane’s cab. The crane can swivel a full 360 degrees and has a reach of about sixteen feet from the side of the car.

Track construction projects were the most common use for this car, and it remained in service until the end of Los Angeles streetcar operations in 1963, a fifty-year career! It was sold to the Museum shortly thereafter, and has had a very active retirement, once again being used for construction and repair projects. In recent years, concern for the car’s condition (it’s now over ninety years old) and the availability of more flexible rubber-tired cranes and forklifts, has allowed the 9225 to enjoy a more restful retirement. It is maintained in operating condition and is used for demonstration purposes on special events.

Additional Images

The "back end" of the car. John Smatlak photo
The "back end" of the car. John Smatlak photo
The crane operator has his own seat inside the crane cab. John Smatlak photo
The crane operator has his own seat inside the crane cab. John Smatlak photo
On the "Broadway" street at the Museum. John Smatlak photo
On the "Broadway" street at the Museum. John Smatlak photo
 Stacking switch “frogs” at LARy’s Vernon Yard.  ERHA-SC / Ray Younghans Collect
Stacking switch “frogs” at LARy’s Vernon Yard. ERHA-SC / Ray Younghans Collection at OERM
9225 at rest in Vernon Yard. ERHA-SC / Ray Younghans Collection at OERM
9225 at rest in Vernon Yard. ERHA-SC / Ray Younghans Collection at OERM
9225 "on the road" in 1946 with several flatcars in tow. Carl Blaubach photo. ER
9225 "on the road" in 1946 with several flatcars in tow. Carl Blaubach photo. ERHA-SC / Ray Younghans Collection at OERM

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