Dear HO Modelers: A couple of months ago we were sent some
information from Walthers re a possible release of a working
container crane. We informed Walthers we thought the idea of a
working container crane for a container terminal would be an
excellent addition for a number of our customers layouts.
So just to keep you up to date, here is the information re the
upcoming release of the working container cane. Enjoy.
HO scale, Expected: Jan-2007
See Heljan's New HO Scale Intermodal
Crane In Action!
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Combining a full range of prototype movement,
smooth operation, easy assembly, DCC-compatibility and modular
design, this incredible working HO Scale model opens new areas for
realistic modeling and operations.
For the first time, you can actually load and unload intermodal
trains like the prototype. As trains arrive, the crane lights can
be turned on, the unit moved alongside each car, the lifting
trolley extended, turned and lowered, and containers moved to and
from road, rail or ship - all with the touch of a few buttons.
Powered by small, rugged motors mounted right inside the model and
a precision drive system like those found in today's finest model
locomotives, the crane responds to the controls as smoothly and
realistically as the prototypes.
Using built-in DCC technology, a simple push-button controller
allows complete control of all crane operations on DC or DCC
layouts. The controller is also fully assembled and easy to use, or
you can run the crane with a joystick or home computer (both sold
separately) if desired. Separate decoders for the crane and the
trolley include adjustable Configuration Variables (CVs) to provide
9 speed steps for faster or slower operation of all functions. And,
one controller can run up to three cranes, each with its own
A built-in electromagnet in the trolley securely holds containers
during lifting; two 20' containers equipped with metal plates are
included, and additional metal plates are offered separately to
convert any container for use with the crane. The crane has
sufficient clearance for up to three stacked containers below.
In the real world, intermodal operations never stop. And thanks to
a full array of working lights, you can re-create the drama of
nighttime operations at your own crane with the touch of a button.
A working spotlight is mounted on the operator's cab, while a full
set of gantry lights can floodlight the area directly below the
crane. Both are independently controlled so that one or both can be
used as desired. The model actually uses prototypically sized and
super-bright LEDs for thousands of hours of trouble-free operation
with no bulbs to burn out or replace.
The modular base plate provides a firm foundation for operations
and is easy to install on new or existing layouts. This modular
assembly allows for almost unlimited expansion using additional
parts available separately. The set comes with four end pieces and
four central sections, which are prepainted and weathered. When
assembled, the standard base measures 13-3/16 x 22-13/16" (33 x
57cm). Molded cut lines allow up to five tracks, four under the
crane and one along side, to be installed quickly. Two sections of
railroad track are also included.
All that's needed to get started is an AC or DC power pack with an
output voltage of 14-16V, 2.5 A.
An illustrated instruction manual provides complete and
easy-to-follow instructions for assembly, operation and
This amazing model comes complete with a preassembled gantry with
trolley hoist, a control unit, two 20' containers, a base plate
with crane rails, two sections of HO track, plus eight rail
joiners, 16 mounting screws and four fittings.