I have just completed a container crane for my layout Farland.
It all started when I built my harbor. I first built a kit of a light steam-powered cargo vessel called a Clyde Puffer.
At that point, I had a cheap premade fishing boat, and my kit built a light cargo vessel. I wanted something else. I noticed a barge kit that I thought would fit in and then I had the idea to put a few containers in it.
Looking at that one day I thought, I need a way to get the containers in or out of the barge. I then came upon the idea of a little container crane.
After extensive looking, I realized I could not find one that fit in the area I had for it and decided to see if I could build it. I found some gears on eBay. I bought plastic extruded shapes from the Evergreen Plastics folks and after a couple of months of scratching my head, I had exactly what I wanted.
It just goes to show you, If you can’t afford or if you can’t find one that fits, build it.
It turned out better than I could have imagined in the beginning.
Here is the video of the completed crane:
A huge thanks to Hall of Fame member, Rob. What a scratch build!
Really hope you enjoyed his pics and vid as much as me.
And I did like his parting shot too:
“It just goes to show you, If you can’t afford or if you can’t find one that fits, build it.”
That’s all for this time folks.
Oh, and just so you know, by the end of the week I’ll have John’s competition winning Freight house on the site for everybody to download (free).
He’s $140 better off, and a worthy winner too.
Lastly, if you’re tired of everybody else having all the fun, take your first steps with the Beginner’s Guide .
Keep ’em coming.