Build a con­tainer crane

Peter Mar­riott test-builds Bach­mann’s gi­ant con­tainer ter­mi­nal crane kit and shows you how it can give a big lift to any lay­out.

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Peter Mar­riott builds Bach­mann’s gi­ant con­tainer ter­mi­nal crane.

Visi­tors to Model Rail Scot­land can’t fail to be im­pressed by the huge Fin­nieston crane, 174ft tall, that stands sen­tinel over the re­de­vel­oped Queens Dock area of Glas­gow. When I see this gi­gan­tic struc­ture I feel a tinge of sad­ness that it’s no longer be­ing used to ex­port prod­ucts from Glas­gow’s fac­to­ries, work­shops and yards. You can still find spir­i­tual suc­ces­sors to the Fin­nieston crane on the Clyde, at Clyde Port. Th­ese gi­ant cranes, like their cousins at ports through­out Bri­tain, from Felixs­towe and Til­bury to Southamp­ton, Liver­pool, Cardiff and Hull, lift the ubiq­ui­tous ship­ping con­tainer, day in, day out. Felixs­towe’s new cranes, for ex­am­ple, stand an im­pres­sive 164ft above the dock. The crane is go­ing to be the fo­cal point of any con­tainer port or ter­mi­nal lay­out. As they’re so big, mod­els are go­ing to be rather ex­pen­sive. Heljan’s op­er­a­tional crane wasn’t cheap when new, but sec­ond-hand items rarely sell for less than £500. This con­tainer crane is ar­guably the most eye-catch­ing item in Bach­mann’s Scenecraft range. It’s big. It’s so big, in fact, that it comes in kit form, whereas all other Scenecraft items can be used straight from the box. It’s not cheap, as be­fits its size and sta­tus, and it’s also non-work­ing. But what a fo­cal point it cre­ates! De­spite its size, con­struc­tion is very sim­ple But the crane’s im­pact proves once again that resin-based struc­tures give us the chance to make good-look­ing model rail­way lay­outs a lot quicker than scratch­build­ing every­thing our­selves.

Build a con­tainer crane

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