Atlas O 3001246 - Premier - Crane Tender "Rio Grande"

Atlas O 3001246 - Premier - Crane Tender "Rio Grande"

SKU: AO-3001246
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Product Information

Announced Date: Nov 2021
Released Date: May 2023
Individually Boxed: No - 2 to a case
  • Road Name: Rio Grande
  • Road Number: 3317
  • System: 3-Rail
  • Product Line: Atlas O Premier
  • Scale: O Scale
  • Intricately Detailed Durable ABS Body 
  • Metal Wheels and Axles 
  • Operating Interior Lighting 
  • Die-Cast 4-Wheel Trucks 
  • Colorful, Attractive Paint Schemes 
  • Operating Die-Cast Metal Couplers 
  • Fast-Angle Wheel Sets 
  • Needle-Point Axles 
  • 1:48 Scale Dimensions 
  • Separate Metal Handrails 
  • O Scale Kadee Compatible Coupler Mounting Pads 
  • Unit Measures:14 1/2” x 2 5/8” x 3 15/16” 
  • Operates On O-31 Curves (3-Rail)

The crane tender had two jobs: to protect the crane’s boom and enable it to be coupled with other cars on the way to a wreck site, and to carry the tools, chains, slings and other gear needed to clear a wreck. Unlike the crane itself, which was a precision piece of gear made by a specialized company, the crane tender was usually a home-built affair, cobbled together from whatever a railroad’s shop crew had lying around. Our model represents a typical such car, built from what appears to be an older flatcar and an obsolete bobber caboose, functioning as an equipment shed.

The rest of a typical wreck train usually had the same hand-me-down look. Passenger and freight cars no longer fit for revenue service were recycled into crew, equipment, and tool cars for wreck and maintenance of way service.

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