11.05.2013

Home wanted for old Rapier

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 6 tonne crane needs saving

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.
The Rapier shown at work in an early British Rail advertisement

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 andy@rhts.co.uk
The Rapier H7 as Kevin with Thomas the Tank Engine

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

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