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Great Iron Bear

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The Great (Iron) Bear Crane, 1960-61

This photograph shows the largest crane railway ever built by Cowans Sheldon being tested in the firm's Carlisle yard. Cowans Sheldon were proudly nicknamed ‘Crane-makers to the World’ and their railway and dockside cranes were made for many countries, especially of the former British Empire.