After a little mix up with 'transfer supplier' and answering a question on another post - and then starting the post in the wrong forum I will just recap again.
Anyway I thought I would start my own topic on my new project..........
As a child this was always on my Santa list but he never obliged. Now I am back into railways I accidentally saw one of these on eBay, I did a little research and was hooked again. I have now bought one of these fine models £23.95 inc. post. I want to strip it and detail it. I am told the best reference book is 'Railway Breakdown Cranes Vol2 by Peter Tatlow' but I cant find a copy anywhere. I did find one in Cyprus but they wont export to UK, a book stall holder at local market knew the book and thinks he may have it in his lock up (I have to ring Saturday and I have been the library and put in a request for a copy to be brought over, £3.60 if its a normal library and £15 if its from a university or The British Library. But the librarian did not seem sure if any Library has it!
My Crane has now arrived and stripped down.
I have found there is a Cowans and Sheldon crane not 1/2 a mile away. Crewe Heritage Centre has ADRC 96717 and 50 ton painted on the jib, steam converted to diesel and bright yellow, information from data files here says 45 ton.
I have been looking at the photographs and come to a radical conclusion.
If you take the Hornby R197 and want to detail it to a 75 ton crane, the end of the jib is wrong, the jib runner is wrong the cranes rotation point is wrong (the rear boiler housing hangs over the edge of the base)
Now if the Hornby R197 didn't have 75 ton on jib but had 50 ton then the jib, jib runner and rotation point would be right.
So my radical idea is that Hornby modelled (loosely) a 50 ton crane and stuck a 75 ton sticker on it.
Can people with more knowledge of these cranes have a look, could this be correct....
That's just a recap and thanks to all that helped on the other thread but apart from Personal messages I have now lost that information!