Action Cars and Accessories
Chug-Chug Sound in Box Car
Cattle Car and Depot Set
Crane Car and Boom Tender
Crane Loader
Crossing Flasher
Crossing Gates
Crossing Gate
Dump Cars
Electronic Sound of Steam Box Car
Floodlight Car
Freight Unloading Depot
Giant Operating Crane
Gold Mine
Gravel Conveyor
Grain Elevator
Hopper Car Unloading Set
Horse Car & Depot Set
Log Dump Car Set
Log Loader with Log Car
Ore Dump Car Set
Ore Dump Set with Nite Glow
Operating Log Dump Set
Piggyback Flat Car Set
Piggyback Loader/Unloader
Operating Piggyback Loader/Unloader
Pipe Dump Car
Pipe Loader
Signal Man
Steam Whistle in Billboard
Tractor Loader
Unloading Box Car Set
Unloading Mail Car Set
Brown Box Era HO-Scale Trains
Operating Crane Loader

TYCO Operating Crane Loader No.900

Operating Crane Loader

Debuting in the 1980 catalog is Operating Crane Loader (No.900).  Another of the '80s non-electrical hand-powered Action Accessories, the Operating Crane Loader featured a plastic base with a red crane that could pick up pipe sections from a loading ramp and transfer them over to either a freight or tractor-trailer.  The Crane Loader was hand-powered via a round black cricle crank located on the base.  The item included a 40' Union Pacific Gondola and a Truck Cab with an open Trailer that was the same one used for the Cattle Car and Horse Car sets.  In the '80 catalog, TYCO pictures its older Truck Cab model with this item; while later catalogs show the more modern Truck Cab included with the set.
This accessory is featured in TYCO's Golden Eagle train set (No.7328) in its introductory year of 1980.
The Operating Crane Loader is one of the TYCO items adapted for service both in the model train line and the short-lived US-1 Trucking line.  For its US-1 Trucking offering, the Operating Crane Pipe Loader (No.3410) includes a section of US-1 Trucking track rather than a railroad siding as its work area.  The US-1 Trucking example does not include the Truck Cab and Trailer and naturally also omits the Gondola.
For its US-1 Trucking life, this item survives to 1985 in TYCO catalogs.  Its life in the model train line is shorter only being cataloged from 1980 through 1982.