A 3 tonne capacity UNIC URW-506 mini crane was able to make its way inside Christ Church, a Oxford university college, to lift a 1 tonne safe. No witchcraft was required, just a well chosen lifting machine!
Many scenes set in Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry were filmed at Christ Church. Harry Potter fans will instantly recognise The Great Hall as the Hogwarts dining hall. Established in 1546, Christ Church is the only college in the world which is also a cathedral and is the smallest cathedral in England.
Network Rail was spellbound by the performance of a GGR Rail UNIC mini crane at London’s Kings Cross station, another filming location famously used in the Harry Potter series.
The station’s old Handyside Bridge often appeared on screen when Harry Potter and his fellow classmates made their way to Platform 9¾ to board the Hogwarts Express steam train at the start of a new school year. The wrought iron bridge was rarely used by passengers due to its steep staircases, so when Kings Cross station was being redeveloped, the bridge was donated to the Mid-Hants Railway in Ropley, Hampshire.
A 2.9 tonne capacity UNIC URW-376 mini crane was used at Kings Cross to remove the old Handyside bridge posts, making sure they were kept in pristine condition for the bridge’s new home. GGR’s spider crane then also helped install the station’s replacement bridge.
Take a look at more of GGR Rail’s work at Kings Cross station here.