Jump to content

Coles Crane Resources

Recommended Posts

Our Groups Cole's rail crane is listed in there.


Your group's done a good job in refurbishing it - just had a look at the York Area Group website with the before and after photos.


You have a Ransomes and Rapier breakdown crane as well.......

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 2 weeks later...
Yes, it is indeed an Albion AM463.


Well , you are probably correct - however ,,


There is another official Coles published book Ref. 8287/9/78 (1978) by Martyn Wilson + Karen Spink


Coles 100 Years. The Growth Story of Europe's Leading Crane Manufacturer 1879-1979


I will show a photograph of the page later.



Page 27


Same photograph , but a few more details :-




1936 (above)


This is one of the two mobile cranes supplied to the Air Ministry in this year. The success of the machines, mounted on rubber-tyred Morris chassis, did much to convince the Ministry of the validity of separately slewing superstructures.




Probably a partial re-hash without checking source material veracity.

Edited by ruxy
Link to comment
Share on other sites

It's Definitely an Albion with those pressed panels, in fact there is a photo of one of these from the other side in Les Freathy's book, page 28.

There was a Morris chassis (Morris Commercial D?)in use pre-war that did a lot of the same jobs that the albion would take on, such as refuelling, but that was a six wheeler.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Although interested in commercials (manuf. up to early 1970's) , can't say I am a expert - but I always associate Morris Commercials with a rounded radiator panel upper-cowl - the one in the pic looks more roller - so yes - it must be Albion.


Often manufacturers. photographs are ink penned on bottom with a ID & date. The Crown Works must just have had a shoebox full of pics in bottom drawer of filing cabinet LoL , actually the offices were quite impressive and the Pallion factory very impressive.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

  • Create New...