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Westford BR(WR)  4mm scale model railway exhibition layout.

Detail photo's of the Westford Breakdown Crane

Last updated 22/08/07

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The Westford Crane started out as a second hand Tri-Ang/Hornby crane.
The crane was stripped down to it's component parts and then re-assembled with various extra components and modifications incorporated to make a more realistic model.
Slaters microstrip was used to improve the jib. Wheels from an Airfix German half track Gun Tractor were used for the large pully wheels used for lifting the jib. The cylinders and crossheads/coupling rods are from the Airfix Stephensons Rocket.
The winding drums etc., were from odd plastic items from the scrap box. (I rarely throw anything away!)
The pivot between the crane body and the undercarriage was carefully cut off and repositioned further 'forward'. Some additional work was carried out to the undercarriage regarding the out riggers. A compensated 'floating' system was used to mount the Jackson wheelsets.
The support bogies and the crane runner wagon were quite severely chopped about.

The following photo's and those on the next couple of pages will, hopefully help those who wish to do a similar conversion.





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