I've been steadily slogging away at sorting out the gantry crane for the sawmill - and here's where I'm up to ......
The main components of the crane are now in place and (thank goodness) it seems to fit the intended site.
I've made a start on landscaping the area to accommodate the new structure. A bit of fine tuning now required to make sure all the legs actually touch the ground!
The design was drawn from some images on the web - though (as always) trying to make something appropriate for the 1930s requires a certain amount of reverse thinking. Mine is manually powered rather than electrically (or hydraulically) driven - from a time when manpower was relatively cheap.
As always, there is plenty still to do - the trackway for the saw trolley needs to be extended outwards and some sort of loading dock will be built to hold the logs. My first attempt at making a scissor grab for the logs was OK, but too small. And of course it all needs painting and weathering - as does the surrounding landscape. Oh, and I also need to make a boiler house and coal store!