Cranes for the depot



I've installed my two shed cranes in the goods depot. As previously mentioned, the cranes are based on the ones at Paddington Goods, although similar types seem to have been used in other large goods depots in the 1900s. They were scratchbuilt using plastikard and various other bits and pieces.

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Looking at prototype photos I noticed that when a shed had multiple cranes, they tended to be grouped together in strategic positions. This makes particular sense with these cranes, whose purpose was to move goods from the vans/wagons to the cartage bays.



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I therefore placed the cranes so that they were able to swivel between the goods stock and the cartage bays, thereby allowing goods to be transferred directly, as per the arrangement at Paddington.



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One of the cranes was placed so that it could also reach the balcony of the mezzanine floor. This is inspired by the arrangement at Hockley. The safety chains for the balcony have been temporarily removed as I wasn't happy with them.


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The cranes were operated by a lever which connected to a mechanism beneath the deck...


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...and the lever was protected by a small cage. The latter hasn't turned out very well and I think I will have to redo them with more care.

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We discussed the livery of GWR cranes in an RMweb thread here. In my case I opted for the wonderfully ambigious "Medium Grey". Photos of the prototypes of these particular cranes alongside wagons suggest that their colour was not far from GWR wagon grey.


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Finally, a photo with the roof on. I do like the look of these cranes, it's a very neat design I think.

The final photo also illustrates a couple of challenges that I have to address as the next step: The weathering of the walls is a work in progress, and is tricky because it shows up too strong in photos, while it looks fine in reality. I am also repainting parts of the roof structure, as I wasn't entirely happy with the shades I had used. It never ends, does it? :-) 

PS: In response to Bob's comment (see below) this picture shows some selected measurements of the cranes in cms. Please do note that (i) the measurements are approximated from photos and (ii) the height was adapted to suit my goods depot.



Comments

  1. These are fantastic models, Mikkel! I have just read the post on how you made them. A very, very clever bit of modelling indeed. They look perfect in the goods depot.

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  2. I was impressed with your first crane. Now you show us that you have the iron will and determination to make another, slightly improved crane...seriously though, these are wondefully consistent. They also look the part in the goods depot. I thought the small lever cages were fine as they are, by the way.

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  3. Hello gents, sorry for slow response time, am travelling for work at the moment so internet access a bit irregular.

    Chas, glad you think they blend in well in the goods depot. It's a bit of a balance because there was so much going on in larger goods sheds, but if you put in too much on a model it can staryt to look cluttered.

    Thanks Iain, iron will is a perhaps a bit strong :-) The cages look a bit too coarse/homemade for my looking in close-ups, but will see what I can do about it.

    Wish I was at home and could get on with the modelling, but I suppose it whets the appetetite to be away a bit!

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  4. You've made a cracking job on this. It looks absolutely fantastic.

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  5. Just a thought... N gauge station railings might work for the cages, I've seen some etched brass ones somewhere.

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  6. Thanks lnr, it is slowly beginning to look like I wanted, although as usual there are all these doubts as to whether it follows prototypical practice closely enough etc.

    Ian, that's a great idea, I will have a look at the Scalelink site and others. The cages are simply too coarse for close-up viewing, and I know it will annoy me.

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  7. I've got some surplus ones...I don't know where they came from but just contact me if you want them.

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  8. Hi Iain, that's very kind of you, but I've already ordered some. If they turn out to be wrong for the job I will get back to you. Once again thanks for the offer!

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  9. Good afternoon Mikkel. Your cranes look wonderful and would suit my 1900s HO/OO scale port scene. I'm a complete novice so I wonder whether you can provide the dimensions of various pieces, so I can build something similar? Overall your web pages are a great inspiration to me (just found them). I've been struggling to find information on the period and your pages have provided a mine of useful advice. Many thanks for your efforts. All the best Bob

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  10. Hello Bob, I'm glad if the blog can help a little. The cranes were built from photos (not drawings), but I can provide the dimensions of mine if that is any use. I'm away from home at the moment but will measure them over the weekend and post it here.

    best
    Mikkel

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  11. Hello again Bob, I have posted an image at the end of the blog entry which shows some measurements on my cranes. Hope it helps a bit.
    best
    Mikkel

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