The articles within this website are the work of David Withers except where otherwise credited.  The information in them was gained from numerous primary and secondary sources, from own research and from the research of others.

Special thanks go to Roger Cooke for his assistance where technical or historical difficulties were met and in particular for his major contribution to articles "The Breakdown Crane in the Second World War" and "The Demise of the Railway Breakdown Crane", and likewise to our indispensible datafiles "Extant Breakdown Cranes" and "Breakdown Cranes with CEPS Numbers".

Thanks also to Peter Tatlow and Chris Capewell, and Roger again, for reviewing the articles, correcting errors and providing additional information.

The providers of photographs for illustrating the articles are thanked for their freely given help:
  Gordon Allen
  Paul Bartlett
Bryan Blundell
Roger Cooke
Simon Grego
  Roy Hennefer
  Belinda Moncaster
National Railway Museum
  Andrew Naylor
Tony Page
  June Pearton
  Steve Shields
  F. W. (Bill) Smith
  Tony Statham
  Jim Stephens
  Peter Tatlow
  Andy Taylor
  Nick Thayer
  John Turner
  John Whitby 'swisstrains' at
  Ben Williams
  John Woolley

Thanks also to member Jim Stephens for his considerable help with the construction of this website.

We were pleased to receive the following words of encouragement from the NYMR York Group via their secretary Bryan Blundell:

"This looks like an excellent initiative, particularly if some agreement and documentation can be reached on the levels of knowledge and expertise necessary for an operator to be classed as proficient in crane handling.  A task all the more urgent as the corporate intellect on the subject is fast draining away".