The Rushden Historical Transport Society in Northamptonshire in the UK, is looking for a good home for a Rapier H7 mobile crane which is in desperate need of restoration.
The Rapier H7 was a common feature at railway stations and good yards all the world over - from the UK to Australia and featured in the Thomas the tank engine books by the reverend Awdry as Kevin the crane.
Any surviving examples are rapidly disappearing which is a great shame for what is a classic, if not iconic mobile crane. If someone with the space and possibly engineering apprentices that would work on such a restoration could take on this project we would be delighted to chart the progress here and in our magazines. If anyone is interested they can email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Rushden society runs Rushden Railway Station and operates steam and historical trains on a railway line that it has restored. www.rhts.co.uk