Sunday – a day of culture, but first, a crane.

On our way back to the hostel from scrambled eggs  and toast we saw a huge crane beside a big building site (a development of post-graduate student housing for Edinburgh University).  The crane and associated road closure was in place to take down a tower crane (that’s the vertical tower with a big balanced cross-piece on the top).  I’ve always wanted to see one being taken down (or put up, but that wasn’t on offer this day).

After about 10 minutes the concrete blocks were being lifted out of the tower crane.

After about 10 minutes the concrete blocks were being lifted out of the tower crane.

And here is the detail of the lift

And here is the detail of the lift

 

The visiting crane takes the weight of the jib

The visiting crane takes the weight of the jib

which allow the workmen to disconnect the tension member.

which allow the workmen to disconnect the tension member.

This step took a lot of bashing with big hammers, and (I suspect) lots of swearing.  The bashing could be heard on the ground.

Eventually the tension member was released and the jib was lowered.

Eventually the tension member was released and the jib was lowered.

Approaching the ground with the jib.

Approaching the ground with the jib.

At this point I could feel that Steve had seen quite sufficient crane dismantling for probably a lifetime.  We went to a museum.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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