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The Straw Locomotive travelled to Finnieston, going through the streets of Glasgow, as 18,000 real locomotives had done before it. It was transported in the way in which locomotives had been since the 1940s, on a low-loader, diesel haulers having taken over from steam road vehicles which had been used to move the huge engines before that.

The crane had been built in 1931 and is the largest of the four cranes still standing on Clydeside. It was the last to be built and was specifically for loading the large locomotives. It is 175 ft high and can carry 175 tons.

The Straw Locomotive hand there for seven weeks, as a reminder of the lost industries.


Finnieston Crane (Clyde Waterfront Heritage)

And then there were four

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