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