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A massive ceiling crane in the historic, pre-MBTA power Substation in Roslindale that served Boston’s transit system was moved into position at noon on June 22, 2016, an impressive industrial relic that will grace the restaurant now being designed for the historic space.

As a handful of representatives of the three partner organizations that are bringing the 1911 Roslindale Substation back to life with modern uses, Richard Stokes, field operative for crane specialists Konecranes, pulled heavy chains and turned a -30-inch steel wheel high on the ceiling. 

The box crane – perpendicular sets of large steel I-beams, pulleys, cables, and wheels rolling along tracks – moved several feet in two directions, so that it will be visible through the building’s restored cathedral windows as well as to restaurant patrons.

Additionally, on Wednesday, June 29th at 6:30 pm at the BCYF Roslindale Community Center, there will be a Community Meeting about the proposed liquor license for Chris Douglass’s restaurant slated for the main floor of the Substation.