The Anonymous Widower

UK’s Largest Mobile Crane Swings Into Action In Barking

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on the Barking And Dagenham Post.

This is the first two paragraphs.

The largest mobile crane in the country has swung into action to help extend a railway line.

The Gottwald AK680 – which has the capacity to lift 1,200 tonnes – installed steel beams for the remaining viaduct spans as part of the Barking Riverside extension (BRE) project.

This crane certainly seems to get about.

I think this picture shows the same crane in action at Bletchley in August. It was certainly claimed as the UK’s largest mobile crane.

Perhaps we need a rail-mounted version!

I always remember, a North Sea Oil project manager telling me, that as cranes got large it eased and speeded up construction.

This article on Vertikal gives more details of the crane in action.

March 20, 2021 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , , | 1 Comment

Acton Main Line Station Goes Step-Free With New Ticket Office

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on Ian Visits.

The title says it all.

It is top of the list of places that I need to visit.

These are some pictures, I took from the outside on the 21st March 2021.

Unfortunately, the station was closed on this Sunday and I could hear work going on behind the hoardings.

I took these pictures behind the hoardings a few days later.


  1. There are several nice details like seats by all the lifts.
  2. There are toilets, where you ask the staff to unlock them.
  3. There is still work to do, but nothing crucial for the operation of the station.

Will the two old sets of stairs be demolished?


I like it! And so did the staff, I spoke to!





March 20, 2021 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , | 3 Comments

Hydrogen: Can The Lightest Gas Turn Heavy Industry Green?

The title of this post, is the same as that as this article on the FT.

It is an excellent summary of how we will decarbonise heavy industries like steel, cement and chemicals using hydrogen.

If you don’t read anything else this morning, then read this article.

March 20, 2021 Posted by | Energy, Hydrogen | , , | Leave a comment