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150 Ton Railroad Wrecker and Idler Car
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My 150 ton railroad wrecker is finally completed!

Wreckers like this were once used by railroads to re-rail trains, clear train wrecks, and help with various other equipment maintenance as needed. Most have now been replaced with much more maneuverable hi-rail cranes.





I based the wrecker largely on the Central Railroad of New Jersey's wrecker #5.



The boom is fully supported thanks to two 2x6x2 weighted bricks in the body. At its greatest reach the tip of the boom is 33 studs away from the rails, with the big hook and little hook at 27 and 32 studs, respectively.



Both hooks and the boom raise and lower, and the roof opens to accommodate the cables.





It can easily lift the trucks from the idler car.



The body spins a full 360 degrees, as it should!



The idler car carries two spare trucks that may be needed when clearing a wreck, as well as six timbers that are placed under the wrecker's stanchions so they don't sink into the ground. It also provides the necessary clearance for the boom so the wrecker can be attached to a train. This car is numbered CRRNJ #317 because that's the only flat car I could find on their roster.





Here's a detail of the wrecker's heavy trucks.



Internal reels and pulleys.



The ladder on the back would have continued down but the 2x6x2 brick got in the way. The yellow thing is a flashing rear end device (aka FRED), which basically replaced the caboose.



Here's the wrecker and idler car on my home layout.



Thanks for checking this one out! Let me know what you think!




Comments

 I like it 
  December 5, 2014
Great moc! I like the classic design with and the cables. It looks really good!
 I made it 
  April 13, 2013
Quoting Steffen Kasteleiner Excellent train wrecker! And I love that you made it 8-wide - perfect. Thatīs how wide a minifig scale train should be. I'll try the 8-wide technique some time soon, too, and this model is a very nice inspiration for that... Iīm just imagining how good a 7-wide semi will look on an 8-wide train car:)... Anyways, a great and realistic creation. I am looking forward to seeing more of your stuff. Best regards, Steffen
Wow, thanks for the kind words! I've modified the wrecker quite a bit since these pics to make it more realistic, as well as added more cars to the train. Newer pics can be found here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/91993389@N08/ I do agree that 7-wide trucks would look great on 8-wide trains! I still build my trucks in 6-wide, and have been focusing on the trains much more now. Cheers, Matt.
 I like it 
  April 11, 2013
Excellent train wrecker! And I love that you made it 8-wide - perfect. Thatīs how wide a minifig scale train should be. I'll try the 8-wide technique some time soon, too, and this model is a very nice inspiration for that... Iīm just imagining how good a 7-wide semi will look on an 8-wide train car:)... Anyways, a great and realistic creation. I am looking forward to seeing more of your stuff. Best regards, Steffen
 
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