|Rapier Centurn Mobile Crane|
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.
|Acquired by the Museum:||1996|
|Current State:||As acquired, unrestored|
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.