Ipswich Transport Museum
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 Truck Mobile Crane
Rapier Truck Mobile Crane
Registration:PV 6854
Acquired by the Museum:1994
Current State:As acquired
This was a further development from the Super Mobile Crane. It was intended as a lightweight crane for use in factories and yards. The main difference from the Super is that the petrol engine and generator are mounted on the main crane superstructure as a counterweight. This simplifies the electrical connections. Built in 1941 this particular crane was used as the works machine at Waterside Works until its final closure.

It was bought by two former Rapier apprentices, Roy and Eddie Alcock, who ran a business 'Port Support'. In 1994 they donated the crane to the Museum.

The Museum has also acquired a second example, registered SFE 586, which is fully operational, but not currently on display.