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Hornby Maintenance Crane – OO Scale

Hornby Maintenance Crane – OO ScaleScore 60%Score 60%

A basic but full of great play value for youngsters & modellers is this offering by Hornby. Modelled on Cowans-Sheldon hand operated 6.5 ton rail crane. The chassis features heavy diecast metal with the rest of the crane being plastic, the lifting gear being a chain & metal hook. There is two small handles for operating the jib & lifting gear. The crane also will rotate through 360 arc.


Originally released back in 1962 there has been at least 5 versions produced, brown, red & yellow liveries  have featured onn this model.

Key Features:


  • Standard tension lock couplers
  • Basic detailing
  • Play value with working manually operated jib
  • Heavy diecast chassis
  • Liveries: Brown, red, yellow
  • Based on a prototype made by Cowans
  • Era: 1940’s ? – onwards
  • OO / 1:76 scale

Manufacturers Part Nos. Range from R127 to R6004

  • R127 (1962 – 1970)
  • R127 (1971 – 1979)
  • R385 (CKD Kit version)
  • R6004
  • R142 (Plain yellow no markings)

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Summary The model is old tooling now but can be picked up cheaply at Toy Fairs / Swap Meets / online, Ebay, Model Shops etc. Great play value for young & old alike, features removable stabilisers, good decoration but no NEM couplings socket.

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