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Preserving the transport heritage of Ipswich since 1965, and now supported by the Friends of the Ipswich Transport Museum. The Ipswich Transport Museum is a Registered Charity No. 276626 and an Accredited Museum, number RD890.
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Rapier Centurn Mobile Crane
Rapier Centurn Mobile Crane
Date:1936
Registration:MVX 156
Acquired by the Museum:1996
Current State:As acquired, unrestored
The Centurn was the final development in the series of petrol-electric mobile cranes produced by Rapiers. It featured power steering of all wheels. This is accomplished by an electric motor which steers the front castor wheels in opposition to the rear, driving castor. This gives the crane outstanding mobility. The original principles of electrical simplicity are continued with just switches to select the desired movement.

This example is believed to date from 1936. It is rated at 6-tons with triple ropes and 2-ton with full jib extension. It has had its petrol engined replaced by a Ford diesel but is still in full working order.