I'm sure that this topic must have come up before, but here goes.
I have only recently begun a layout after a few abortive attempts.
As an ex-millitary modeller, I like to scratch build and convert models
that are not readily available. For me, the inclusion of a breakdown
crane with it's associated match and engineering trucks would be a
great addition to my stock.
Since I'm modelling in 'N' Gauge (1:148), there now seems to be little
in this catagory, either RTR or in kit form. I'm told Fleetline used to
produce a whitemetal kit, but I've had no luck finding one.
Does anyone have, or know where I might find a scale drawing of such a
vehicle, or recommend a book that might include such a drawing (rather
than just illustrations)?
At this stage I'm not too bothered as to the actual UK vehicle in
question, but I'm modelling BR post big four to the 1960's so anything
that made the transition would be good.
Thanks in advance....
My copy not to hand but I believe there were several drawings in Peter
Tatlow's book LNER wagons . . er . . .
A Pictorial Record of LNER Wagons
P. Tatlow - OPC - 1976 - ISBN 0 92888 92 7 One of the earliest books on
goods wagons it includes stock from all the companies absorbed by the LNER
as well as LNER built vehicles. The book consists mainly of photographs with
relatively few drawings but provides plenty of material for the kit basher.
Also if attending shows check through the old mag stands, seem to remember a
few cropping up now and again over the years, 'fraid I cant me more specific
as most of my stuff in storage at the mo.
I've uploaded PDF scans of an article by Peter Tatlow in the Nov. 1971
Modeller with details and plans of a LMS/BR 30T Ransomes and Rapier
crane. This crane was a bit bigger and a bit more modern than the
Cowans Sheldon one shown in his LNER wagons book.
I suspect that there are plans and details of some of the larger
cranes in the model railway magazines somewhere but I haven't turned
up any references so far.
Model Railways 1972 June & July - BR 72 Tonne Diesel Crane
Model Railway Constructor 1976 June - NER 25 Ton crane
Model Railways 1972 October & follow up info 1973 March - LMS 30 Ton
built by Cowans, Sheldon & by Ransomes & Rapier.
There are also a number of smaller (sub 16 Ton) listed in my index.
Thanks for the pointer to the October 72 Model Rail - I think that's
the article I was remembering, done in typical Model Railways fashion
with plenty of detail and Bernard Wright's sketches. This crane is
very similar to the one in the Railway Modeller drawings.
I couldn't find the references to the 72T crane in the magazines
Where's your index?
Thanks to everyone, especially Jim, that was exactly what I was looking
I'll check the other back references if I can get hold of the
Something to build in the coming cold winter evenings.
If you feel that the Model Rail article might be the preferred one,
give me a shout and I'll scan that one. The crane is very similar
to the one in the RM article, albeit manufactured by Cowans Sheldon.
But the article is/was a typical Model Railways item under Roy Dock's
editorship, with 7.5 pages of drawings, pictures, sketches and
text. I haven't found the follow-up article that Kevin mentions but,
typically, that would contain even more good information.
Sorry again Jim
Another typo in my posting (but not my index), that follow up letter is
actually the Model Railway 1972 *February* issue page 93. It is a letter
by J. Brownlie giving details on the numbers of cranes in Scotland. The
numbers didn't match because the Districts were in the process of being
rearranged. Not much use really, but in my index for sake of completeness.