Rick had an Aristo-Craft diesel crane car, that was given to him years ago and didn't know what to do with it as it is a 1:29 scale model and his railroad is a 1:20 scale effort in the steam era. After some consideration he decided to convert it to something his railroad could use. Rick scratch built a new crane, carrying car, and used the trucks, under frame, and turret deck from the Aristo-craft car. The machine deck and tower with the drums and boom were also used, with modifications, from the original crane. The boiler, fuel and water tanks, control levers, were scratched as was the cab. The cable tower height was extended to bring it more in line with 1:20 scale, also the cable lines are slightly re-routed.
The boom tender flat began life as a Hartland models flatcar. This was extended in length and width, and a new wood deck added. Nearly all detail parts are scratch built, the ones that are not are obvious such as NBW, whistle, couplers, etc. All the scratch building materials on both models are a combination of styrene, wood, and metal as the situation dictated.