This scratch-built crane car goes along with one of Rudy’s scale model locomotives. The car features a miniature crane with hoist and a bevy of additional details. Rudy made dozens of scratch-built wooden rail cars to pull with his steam locomotives.
One of the first large donations to the Miniature Engineering Craftsmanship Museum was the collection of famed model engine builder Rudy Kouhoupt. After retiring as a chemist, Rudy had a second career building engines and writing magazine articles documenting the process. Many people have built his models, but we have the honor of displaying all of his original prototypes. Rudy’s collection includes scale model engines, locomotives, tractors and more. Additionally, thirteen of Rudy’s model steam engines are hooked up to run on compressed air to demonstrate their function.