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PostPosted: 21 Apr 2017, 10:16 
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Please could you help me on the nex informations ;
On the year 1947 are sold from the Britisch war department a Ransomes & Rapier 45 ton Railway kran to the Dutch Railway company . The crana become the Dutch number 459 and was locatet on the depot ZWOLLE and scrabed in the 1975 .

PostPosted: 25 Apr 2017, 14:36 
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That crane was this ...............
459 Steam 45T 4-8-4RB R&R F5937 49/1943or44.
( All 6no. of above batch tested between 10/43 and 4/44. )
MoS for British Army, sold in 1946 to NS, for £11000.
Still in use by NS, at Zwolle, until 1973.
Nicknamed ‘De Rapier’ – dutch translation ‘The Sword’..
Photo – c. NVBS/J.A.Bonthuis, at Utrecht, 5/46.
Photo/scan – Zwolle 1963,( with 455; one of the two 1931 Figee 40 tonne BDC )

Chris Capewell

ps Any further information/photos regarding the two Figee cranes would be appreciated.

PostPosted: 27 Jul 2023, 14:27 

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Anyone finding this thread of interest might want to check out the recent book "British Coastal Weapons vs German Coastal Weapons: The Dover Strait 1940–44" by Neil Short and Adam Hook, amazon link here.

This is a thorough study of both British and German coastal batteries and railguns and includes some interesting photos, most of which I haven't seen before. Of particular interest are two photos of breakdown cranes servicing the big guns, one shows three R&R cranes and the other three CS cranes. At present I haven't had the time to devote to the necessary deductive detective work to identify the cranes, but neither picture, as far as I know, has been published before.

Although not particularly relevant to breakdown cranes, there is also exceptional detail photo-coverage of the two preserved German railguns.

Overall I have no hesitation in recommending this publication if this is a subject which interests you. It is also both inexpensive and not written in German, which are further plus points in my opinion!

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