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Crane Day 30th August 2008

A major milestone in the restoration has been achieved.  The latest “Crane Day” was a great success with all tasks being completed by an enthusiastic team of volunteers, helpers and well wishers.

A total of 27 lifts were completed by the crane.  Every major component on site was repositioned in such a way as to allow the final fitting of all the key parts.  The curb ring is now in place at the top of the tower, the windshaft and brake wheel were lifted through the roof into the workshop onto the base of the cap and, after necessary adjustments have been made, will be fixed into place.  The wallower wheel is in place on top of the shaft and is ready to engage with the brake wheel when the cap is lifted into place.

Incidentally, the crane driver estimated the weight of the oak framework which makes up the base of the cap as 5 tons!  Add to that 1.5 tons of windshaft and brake wheel we realised we are going to need a bigger crane for the next crane day!

A nervous moment as the crane lifts the curb ring

Build your own windmill kit

A fine view from the top of the tower.  Each curb ring section was sponsored by an individual or company. 

She flies!!!!!

Touchdown

Windshaft lowered into workshop (through roof)

Brake wheel halves are assembled onto windshaft