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A crane tank (CT) is a steam locomotive fitted with a crane for working in railway workshops, dockside, or other industrial environments.[1] The crane may be fitted at the front, centre or rear.

The 'tank' in its name refers to water tanks mounted either side of the boiler, as cranes were usually constructed on tank locomotives (as opposed to tender locomotives) for greater mobility in the confined locations where they were normally used.[2]

Preserved examplesEdit

Dubs crane tank 4101

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Further readingEdit


  1. ^ Keith Langston (13 August 2014). Scottish Steam: A Celebration. Wharncliffe. pp. 51–. ISBN 978-1-84563-163-5.
  2. ^ Adrian Booth (1999). The Doxford Crane Tanks: Crane Tank Locomotives of Doxford's Shipyard. Railway Bylines.
  3. ^ Fred Kerr (30 June 2017). Steam at Work: Preserved Industrial Locomotives. Pen and Sword. pp. 37–. ISBN 978-1-4738-9660-4.

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