By Mike Barton
The basis for this model started when I purchased some second-hand Accucraft rolling stock. This had been converted to run on 32mm gauge, which suited my line, but the 45mm wheelsets for the rolling stock also came with it. Many of the members of my local area group have 45mm gauge lines and whilst it is easy enough, where possible, to re-gauge locos to take along to run, it is usually a different proposition to re-gauge rolling stock. I therefore started to think about making some rolling stock just to run on these lines using the spare 45mm gauge wheelsets. I fancied something a little unusual but didn’t want to spend too much on it. Initially I started making a couple of coaches, but subsequently these were abandoned and eventually my thoughts turned to a box of old clock repair bits that had come from my late father’s workshop. I put these together with a lovely little vertical boiler with a dummy chimney from an old defunct stationary engine and the concept of making a steam crane then began to grow. The chassis from one of the earlier coaches would become the base for it.