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The Bridge Crane at Chaffey's Locks (Continued) 

With the girder securely attached to the boom, the bridge crane starts to move out onto the first section of the bridge.  This is the acid test for proper balance of the crane.  If the counterweights at the back of the crane aren't properly weighted to counterbalance the weight of the load at the front, the girder and crane could end up in the water. 

The crane moves slowly and carefully out onto the first span.  What you can't see in these photos is the lettering on the side of the girders and on the bridge crane.  "Built by Canada Foundry Limited Toronto" is stencilled on the sides of each girder.  The bridge crane is "No 1" of the Canada Foundry Limited.  As the crane is working on the east side of Chaffey's Locks, the crane probably came from Port Hope to Brockville along the Grand Trunk Railway or possibly the Canadian Pacific Railway.  It then switched over to the Brockville, Westport & Northwestern (now part of the Canadian Northern Railway) and travelled up the line to Forfar.  From Forfar, it went the short distance to Chaffey's Locks. 

 
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