A real technological highlight: EDK 750 railway slewing crane
Crane wagons of all sizes and designs were built for the internal railway service from a relatively early stage. Today, the range extends from simple, manually operated fixed cranes mounted on a rotating plate on a flat wagon to powerful, diesel-electric railway slewing cranes. In the past, steam cranes were common due to their high performance and high load capacity; today, diesel-electric or diesel-hydraulic drives are used predominately. Steam cranes, by contrast, are now largely „extinct“. While railway crane types were never standardised by the various railway administrations, nevertheless every country – or more precisely, every manufacturer – has a characteristic design that makes it easy to identify each crane‘s origin.
The German archetype – the EDK 750 railway slewing crane built by Maschinenbau Kirow in Leipzig – can lift loads of up to 125 metric tons with the appropriate supports. Its tasks even include replacing steel girder box bridges, as well as easier assignments such as removing and reinstalling switches and track yokes. For the latter, it is usually not necessary to extend and adjust the cranes‘ supports. The horizontal boom is suitable for working below the overhead line system and inside tunnels. The crane can be transported at speeds of up to 100 km/h when being transferred to the work site.
But not only the big original has some technical features to offer, the model is in no way inferior to that!
With the EDK 750 railway slewing crane, an absolute highlight model will appear in 2020.
This top-of-the-range model is unrivaled in 1:87 scale (item no .: 73035, 79035, 73036, 79036).
Fully functional model of a 6-axle railway slewing crane with movable telescopic boom. The crane can travel independently or, once the gear coupling has been unlocked manually, as part of the train. The upper carriage can be rotated 360° with no end stop. All turning and lifting movements feature a soft start and stop mechanism. This means you can have lots of fun lifting bridges or laying switches and track yokes. The horizontal boom is suitable for working under overhead contact lines. The telescopic boom can be tilted and telescoped in any working position, even with a load attached to the crane‘s hook.