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Kenworth W925, 5-axle Lowboy and PCC Streetcar

Maker:  Corgi
Model No:  24903
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  July 2010

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Overall   (max 100)65%


The lowboy carries the PCC streetcar.
High quality box.
The parts ready for assembly.
Simple details at the rear, with an extra turntable mounted on the fifth wheel.
Underneath the Kenworth.
Unloading the streetcar with a Liebherr LTM1200-5.1.
The streetcar may be out of service but maybe the same can be said for the guy.
The trailer without the track bed.
It carries a big load well.
This model set is one of the Corgi Heavy Haulers series and features a  Kenworth W925 hauling a five axle lowboy with a St Louis PCC streetcar.  It is in the livery of Tyler & Sons Trucking.


The model comes in a large very high quality box with a photo of it on the cover.  Inside, the model parts are well packed inside two expanded polystyrene trays.  There were no defects or missing parts on the review model.

A card is included which gives the model a unique number in the manufacturing run and briefly gives some narrative about the Kenworth tractor.


The Kenworth 6x4 is reasonably detailed underneath with the main transmission components reproduced.  The tyres are the same on all axles and are mounted on brightly chromed hubs.  Detailing of the cab is quite good with door mirrors, windscreen wipers, air horns and lights, and a pair of lime coloured beacon lights on the roof.  There is no 'glass' in the cab doors and interior details are basic.  At the front, the radiator grille looks good although all the lights are silvered rather than having lenses.  Plastic exhaust stacks are fitted on each side and the sleeper cab has some nice bolt detailing and an 'oversize load' sign on the roof.  There are no lights or other details on the rear of the tractor.

The trailer is a long piece with textured surfaces to represent non-slip areas or timber.  It is totally metal apart from the wheels and signs.  Underneath, the structure is represented quite well although there is little other detail.  Tie down loops are highlighted along the trailer edge with silver paint.  The gooseneck is a single piece casting with basic detail.

A piece of track bed is resin cast and fixed to the trailer bed.

The streetcar is quite charming as it has the feel of an old tinplate toy.  The body is metal and well painted to give it a dilapidated air.  A metal current collector is fixed to the roof.


The trailer can be disconnected from the tractor, and the gooseneck separates from the trailer.  As the trailer has ramps which can be lowered, vehicle loading can be simulated.  The trailer axles have a limited amount of vertical movement to simulate suspension.

The track bed for the streetcar is screwed to the trailer but the screws can be removed to leave a conventional lowboy albeit there are three visible screw holes left.

The streetcar has rotating bogies and the wheels turn freely so it could be pushed along on a suitable gauge track.


The model is good quality with very little plastic used.  The paintwork is good, particularly on the streetcar.


It is reasonable value as a set.


In some respects the model shows its age as it is uses tooling from models introduced some years back and so it has a lower level of detail than more modern models, and the feature count is pretty low too.  It is an engaging set however and the streetcar is quite nice on its own.


The model appeared in June 2010 in a limited run of 1100 models.
The model inside the box, complete with numbered card.
Typical Kenworth front.
The livery is very simple.
These Cranes Etc guys must learn how to sling a load.  This time they have just slung the chains onto the streetcar bodywork.
Underside of the streetcar.  It looks like rusted metal, but this part is plastic.
Loading a Liebherr LRB 255.
Loaded with a CASE CX800.