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    UKMISC: Rail Cranes: Joseph Booth

    Joseph Booth & Bros Cranes

    Jeremiah Booth, the father of Joseph Booth, entered the crane making business with partners Jeremiah Balmforth and David Smith. They had established their business in the Calverley area of Leeds in 1820 and were joined by Jeremiah Booth in 1833. The company made machinery for mills, and from 1840 their range included hand-operated cranes.

    In 1847 Jeremiah Booth left and established his own crane making company at the 'Union Foundry' in Rodley, West Yorkshire. The works was situated on a narrow strip of land between Town Street and the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. In 1855 the company passed to Jeremiah Booth's son Joseph, and the name Joseph Booth & Bros was adopted. For most of the company's history, it operated alongside the 'Old Foundry' of Thomas Smith & Sons,Thomas Smith being the son of the David Smith who had formerly been in partnership with Jeremiah Booth.

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    DRA81549 at GCR

    Photo: Dan Cardwell

    Number Altnumber Name Status Note Livery Depot Location Base Owner
    1 D 2t 4w Steam Driven Crane (Missing Jib) Red/Black PR Middleton Railway PRE
    1748 1748S   DS1748   S 12t 6w Hand Worked Yard Crane Grey PR Bluebell Railway PRE
    1749 DS1749   S 12t 6w Hand Worked Yard Crane Red PR Tanat Valley Railway PRE
    1887 P 4w Steam Driven Vertical Boiler Crane Black/Grey PR Mirfield; Briggs (Private Site) PRE
    2561 P 10ft 4w Steam Driven Crane Rusty PR Unknown, Last seen at Greetland Nook Quarry PRE
    4161A 4161   S 4w Steam Driven Crane (Underframe Only) Undercoat PR Mirfield; Briggs (Private Site) PRE
    4161B 4161   S 4w Hand Worked Crane Green PR Leeds Industrial Museum PRE
    4973 1624   6   D 5t 4w Steam Driven Crane Black PR National Waterways Museum PRE
    5011 S 7t 4w Steam Driven Crane Red PR Battlefield Line PRE
    5396 RS38/2½   RS38   O 2t 4w Steam Driven Vertical Boiler Crane Black/Yellow PR Private Site, Gloucestershire PRE
    5821 176   R 5t 4w Diesel Crane Light Green PR Middleton Railway PRE
    5893 S 4w Steam Driven Vertical Boiler Crane Green PR Doon Valley Railway PRE
    5902 S 6t 4w Steam Driven Vertical Boiler Crane PR R.Bottamley, Scunthorpe (Private Site) PRE
    5990 7   X 4w Diesel Crane
    5996 13   S 6t 4w Steam Driven Vertical Boiler Crane Blue PR Tanfield Railway PRE
    6041 347   81547   DB347 S 15t 8w Diesel Hydraulic Crane Undercoat PR Gwilli Railway PRE
    6042 348   81548   DB348 P 15t 8w Bogie Diesel Hydraulic Crane Grey PR Dean Forest Railway PRE
    6043 DRA81549   81549   349   DB349 S 15t 8w Diesel Hydraulic Crane Yellow PR Great Central Railway PRE
    Unknown D 4w Steam Driven Vertical Boiler Crane Black/Yellow PR Darlington Railway Preservation Society Hopetown Darlington PRE