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    BTMRR construction crane

    If you have been to Disneyland in the last few weeks, you can't miss the construction crane at Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. After seeing it, my first thought was, how in the world did they get that monster in place? I'm sure it's modular and somehow assembled in place, but where is the road big enough to bring it in? Did they bring in an even bigger crane and lift it into place? It just seems like an amazing feat of engineering and logistics to move something that big into such a small area. Does anyone know how they did it?

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    Re: BTMRR construction crane

    Tower Crane Raising Process - YouTube
    It's amazing how fast they put those things together.

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    Re: BTMRR construction crane

    Quote Originally Posted by Fred1100 View Post
    I'm sure it's modular and somehow assembled in place, but where is the road big enough to bring it in? Did they bring in an even bigger crane and lift it into place?
    They drive on the path ways at night. They brought in a small crane, that lowered the base onto the Big Thunder attraction area. Then helped assmemble the arms of the crane and probably lowest secting. This is because of the odd area it's in.

    Then the crane we see added height to itself. The helper crane left.
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    Re: BTMRR construction crane

    I hope that crane isn't there long, and if it will be there for a lot of the refurb, how tall it it? Taller than the castle?

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    Re: BTMRR construction crane

    I thought they had just relocated MALIBOOMER to Frontierland.

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    Re: BTMRR construction crane

    Quote Originally Posted by Spence View Post
    I hope that crane isn't there long, and if it will be there for a lot of the refurb, how tall it it? Taller than the castle?

    I suspect, just a guess that it may be gone by summer. They seem to moving a good pace at replacing the rails. That is why the crane is there to lift out the old sections of rails and drop the new sections into to replace them.

    Much much taller. Probably 3 times taller. Everywhere in the parks with a wide open view you can see it.
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    Re: BTMRR construction crane

    They have a bunch of track stored on a lot over by where Flakey Jakes was.
    I don't know if it's new, but I suspect that it is.

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    Re: BTMRR construction crane

    woah! nice video! so cool. I had been wondering that myself. thank you OP for asking this!

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    Re: BTMRR construction crane

    Quote Originally Posted by swampymarsh View Post
    They drive on the path ways at night. They brought in a small crane, that lowered the base onto the Big Thunder attraction area. Then helped assmemble the arms of the crane and probably lowest secting. This is because of the odd area it's in.

    Then the crane we see added height to itself. The helper crane left.
    That's just how it's done.

    I saw it when I was there a few weeks ago; it is indeed a self-erecting crane.

    This type of crane is commonly called a tower crane, mainly because it's normally used to build tall structures. Like hotel towers.

    Typically, if it's a hotel tower, the crane sits in the elevator shaft. This is about the only place that's unobstructed all the way up.

    A tower crane if perfect for a refurb like BTMMR. It takes up very little space, and can be easily maneuvered to lift anything anywhere.

    I don't know about the one in DL, but a lot of these cranes can be operated remotely from the ground. If not, then the operator has to climb all the way up the vertical section to get to the cab. Believe me, your legs are pretty much shot when you get all the way up!

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    Re: BTMRR construction crane

    I think they built it in the park, so it came in many smaller peices. It is like a large puzzle
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    Re: BTMRR construction crane

    Quote Originally Posted by CaliforniaAdventurer View Post
    I thought they had just relocated MALIBOOMER to Frontierland.

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