Bernard Newbury Bernard Newbbury
I have on pre order the GWR Bachmann Ransomes & Rapier 45T Steam crane that will be suitably weathered. What stock/work van etc would the rest of the train be made up of, preferably RTR again suitably weathered. I realise it will sit in a siding most of the time. Many thanks.
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Ruffnut Thorston
The most basic requirements would be a staff and tool van, often a brake coaching stock vehicle, with the seating area used to provide a mess room and basic kitchen, seating for riding to the site of operations, and possibly some sleeping accommodation, for long jobs.

The brake luggage area would be used as a tool store, with the guards accommodation and brake equipment being retained for use.

There would be a van for carrying the, mainly wooden, packing materials.

There may be some form of a water tank, for boiler feed water for the crane, and possibly some wagon carrying coal for the crane.

There are others out there that are more knowledgeable than I, hopefully they will also chip in. 😉😁
🙋🏼‍♀️
Best wishes,

Ruff...
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Julian
The most basic requirements would be a staff and tool van, often a brake coaching stock vehicle, with the seating area used to provide a mess room and basic kitchen, seating for riding to the site of operations, and possibly some sleeping accommodation, for long jobs.

The brake luggage area would be used as a tool store, with the guards accommodation and brake equipment being retained for use.

There would be a van for carrying the, mainly wooden, packing materials.

There may be some form of a water tank, for boiler feed water for the crane, and possibly some wagon carrying coal for the crane.

There are others out there that are more knowledgeable than I, hopefully they will also chip in. 😉😁
🙋🏼‍♀️

Interesting list there, I note the wisdom of provision of coal and water, would that have been a spare Tender?

Regards
Julian
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Bernard Newbury Bernard Newbbury
Thank you for the reply Ruff, that is a very good start. I like the idea of a water tank  and coal, I would never have thought about that. Great. 
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Bunkerbarge
Have a good dig around here:

http://www.bdca.org.uk/index.html

Lots of very interesting pictures and comments.

One of the most interesting links you will find is this one:

http://paulbartlett.zenfolio.com/stewartlanecrane

Where you will find a lot of very interesting pictures of converted vans and coaches.

Interesting comment regarding the tender.  I remember reading one day about a water shortage in an area of the UK and water was distributed by trains of tenders.  All I can remember was the fact that it was LNER era and area.
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Ruffnut Thorston
I have just noticed that you are getting the GWR crane.

Now the GWR actually built special vehicles as tool vans for the cranes, and some mess vans too.

There are some photos in this thread elsewhere.. you will need to scroll down to get there...

https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/141713-gwr-tool-van/


Best wishes,

Ruff...
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Bernard Newbury Bernard Newbbury
I have just noticed that you are getting the GWR crane.

Now the GWR actually built special vehicles as tool vans for the cranes, and some mess vans too.

There are some photos in this thread elsewhere.. you will need to scroll down to get there...

https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/141713-gwr-tool-van/




Many thanks. Can any one recommend any body that would undertake a commission of modifying RTR stock to make a couple of mess/tool vans etc. I just do not have the time. 
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SmallScenes
I keep looking at various GWR conversions, I've not gone beyond making a mess van (Non Sleeper)
from a Ratio Iron Mink. Sorry not up to a project for anyone else, I'm far too slow !!

Geoff T.
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