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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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Ransomes Runabout Electric Crane
Ransomes Runabout Electric Crane
Date:1951
Registration:-
Acquired by the Museum:1983
Current State:Fully restored and operational
The design of this crane dates from 1921 and was produced by Ransomes, Sims & Jefferies. The jib was produced under sub contract by Ransomes & Rapier, just across the river. The front and rear steering dollies work in opposition, giving a tight turning circle. Four wheels across the centre are driven by motors between each pair.

This particular example was used in Ransomes own works yard, and is supposed to date from 1951, it remained with Ransomes until 1983, when it was presented to the Museum. As there is no registration number it is difficult to check this, and some believe it to be a much earlier build.