An ATF 130G-5 was recently spotted performing an out of the ordinary lift. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette covered the story of how this all terrain crane was used to remove incline cars from the Monongahela Incline in Pittsburgh, PA. Nexgen Industrial Services hired ALL Crane Rental of PA to operate the ATF 130G-5 in early September.
ATF 130G-5 Performs the Lift Safely
The Monongahela Incline is the oldest funicular railway to remain in continuous operation in the US. It has been in use since 1870, and the cars travel along a 635-foot track at a 35-degree incline. Precision and planning were required to execute the 12-week, $3.5 million project.
As reporter Andrew Goldstein shared in his news article, “Workers scaled the incline track… [and] attached one of the cars to [the ATF 130G-5], which swung it nearly 270 degrees counterclockwise some 50 feet in the air onto the back of a flatbed truck.” The cars were then transported for refurbishing at a nearby facility.
Safety was the name of the game with this high profile job. When one of the workers on-site was asked how this was accomplished, he had a simple two word answer: “We prepare.”
ALL will return at the end of the project to replace the cars. For more on how the ALL Family of Companies has recently increased their fleet of Tadano cranes, read this news item!