Lionel # 282 Portal Gantry Crane and # 165 Magnetic Crane
The postwar Lionel # 282 Portal Gantry Crane on the left can be manually moved on its own set of tracks, which I cut and made from some rusted O27 track. The crane cab swivels, and the boom can be raised and lowered. When energized, the electromagnet on the crane picks up metal objects. When the magnet is de-energized, the objects are released. On the right is a prewar Lionel # 165 Magnetic Crane. Its functions are similar to the Portal Gantry Crane, except it is stationary.