Portland Railroad Company's crane car #1000, Portland, ca. 1940Item 50712 info
Seashore Trolley Museum
A crane car was a flat car equipped with a pillar crane used to handle rails and heavy construction material. Crane cars were useful in dealing with derailments and wrecks of trolley cars.
Hitt, Rodney. Electric Railway Dictionary. New York: McGraw Publishing Company, 1911.