Re: modeling a crane question

Garth Groff <sarahsan@...>

Doug and Friends,

For a kitbash, the most likely candidate would be the Truscale/TM/Walthers diesel crane. I haven't checked with Walthers to see if these are still available, but they are common enough on the used market. The base is about the right size and the floor and boom mounts would probably make a good start. A new cab could be built up. The big problem is the boom, which is unlike anything I've ever seen. I suppose it all depends on how much scratch-building you can do, or how much compromise you will accept.

I had one of these cranes many years ago, and since I was doing a freelance electric line, I mounted a Suydam pole on the roof. Later I steam-ized the cab. It would have looked nice with a small tender attached.

Electric cranes like these were not uncommon on larger electric railroads. Over the years, the Pacific Electric owned at least seven electric cranes, plus one steamer. Most of their cranes had a wooden box added around the end of the boom as an insulator.

Yours Aye,

Garth Groff

On 3/13/19 9:07 PM, mofwcaboose via Groups.Io wrote:
This crane was built by Browning Engineering Company in 1911 as Illinois Traction 830.  Capacity was 43,500 pounds- less than 22 tons. It later became Illinois Terminal 01, as is obvious from the photographs.

The Tichy crane is a 120-tonner and much too large in all dimensions. so that it would be nearly useless as a starting point for a model. 

John C. La Rue, Jr.
Bonita Springs, FL

-----Original Message-----
From: Doug Forbes <dforbes@...>
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Sent: Wed, Mar 13, 2019 4:31 pm
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] modeling a crane question

The Illinois Traction had an electric wrecking crane that was used both for wreck jobs as well as digging coal out of the two underwater coal storage pits they had built.  I'm looking for recommendations as to how to model such a thing.  I have looked at commercially available kits.  It seems like the Tichy crane frame might work but that a new cab and boom will need to be scratch built or 3D printed or something.  Thoughts?  Still not sure how one would manage a metal crane boom with an overhead powered wire directly above, seems like an electrifying challenge...

This is from the Illinois Terminal Facebook page. 

From 1916.

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