282 Portal Gantry Crane
Production: 1954 - 1957
The 282 Portal Gantry Crane was available for four years during the mid 1950s. In only the second year of production, 1955, Lionel re-designed the internal mechanical components. This internal change resulted in two different cranes, an early version -- referred to as a 282 crane -- and a later version, commonly referred to as the 282R. Those seeking a slightly more dependable and reliable crane prefer the 282R version.
The 282 crane is designed to span a single track. Although Lionel did not create a rail specifically for the feet of the 282 crane, you can easily customize a single rail of Lionel track to be used as the base of the accessory.
The 282 Portal Gantry Crane has the following standard features: gray support structure with a gray top plate, black cab with white letters, glued-in smokestack -- in either black or gray -- a black three-lever control base plus an electro-magnet on the hook of the crane.
The 282 crane has a cab that is screw mounted to the red rotating base and generally a black electro-magnetic housing cover. The 282R will have a cab that is snapped on using three tabs and generally a silver electro-magnetic housing cover.
Additional Detail, Photos & Box Information
282 - Early Verison - Shown in the photo above - Has a screw-mounted cab and black electro-magnet housing cover. This was available in 1954 and 1955.
282R - Later version - Has a tab-mounted cab and generally a silver electro-magnet housing cover. This was available from 1955 thru 1957.
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