Back in the 80's i had the pleasure of attending my first monster truck show..
At the time, Bigfoot was the main attraction..
Upon seeing this Monster Truck for the first time, I was awestruck at its massive tires!
After the show i went and talked to one of the crew chiefs who worked on Bigfoot.
My first question was "where in the world did you get those massive tires"?
I can't recall the guys name anymore but he told me they were from a Sno-Train..or overland Train.
so Chandler outfitted his "Bigfoot 4" vehicle with 10-foot-tall tires he had purchased from a junkyard owner in Seattle, Washington for only
$1000. The tires had been previously used by the U.S. Army in Alaska on their overland train in the 1950s
So i just had to see what i could find out about these Sno Trains..
So..let's have a look, shall we?
Is that cool or what? That's the back side or tail of the train..
In the 1950s, the U.S. Army experimented with a 13-car, 600-foot-long wheeled train that could haul more than a hundred tons of supplies over sand
or snow. The kicker: it was a hybrid-electric with many of the same features of the latest military prototypes. The TC-497 “Overland Train,”
designed by earthmoving pioneer R.G. Letourneau, was briefly used to supply Alaskan radar stations and construct remote oil pipelines. “The first
models were so successful that a Mark II version was developed,” says WIB-pal Steve Weintz. ”This was an amazing machine: gas-turbine-electric
hybrid drive, 150-ton payload, a crew of six provided with bridge, bunkhouse, and galley and a self-tracking steering system. Additional power cars
and cargo cars could be added as needed.”
How cool are these massive Sno Trains..eh?
Here is one of the same kind of tire that was used on the original Bigfoot..
Also, to give you all an idea how long these Massive trains were..Behold!
I hope you all have enjoyed today's History lesson on Sno-Trains..
I vaguely remember these things and I think they are so awesome! I really enjoy reading about ideas and technology that had much potential but got
passed by in the river of history. If we had discovered vulcanization for rubber much earlier I wonder if people could have adapted this kind of idea
to the steam engine?
We are pretty lucky to have the resources of the ATS minds putting this kind of amazing stuff back into our minds.Really Had forgotten they ever
Nice break from the typical doom and Gloom
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Found your thread thru your sig on another thread. I never even saw the original post. Now I'm sorry that I missed it but glad that I finally found
it. This thing is wicked cool. I never heard of these trains before. What a cool concept. I'm kind of surprised that they don't use these or
something like them any more. What a useful and practical vehicle. Thanks for posting this. Now I've learned my new thing for today. The rest of
things I learn today are all gravy.S&F for great find.
WOW! What a cool concept! I had never heard of this one before.... thanks baddmove for putting this together and thanks to lonegurkha for PMing me
to tell me to check this out.
You are right though, baddmove, there is next to nothing on the net about these fantastic machines. I just did a google search and it only comes back
with a few legit hits. But I managed to pick up a Wiki page on it (yeah I know not the most reliable of sources) that has some really cool history on
these machines. Here is something that I found particularly interesting:
During this period the U.S. and Canada were in the process of developing the DEW Line, which was located in areas with no roads, few airbases, and
in areas where the sea ice often prevented ships from accessing the sites. On 15 April 1954 the company demonstrated VC-12 to the US Army
Transportation Research and Development Command, or TRADCOM, proposing that the system would be useful for logistics operations in the arctic if
equipped with more wheels.
TRADCOM offered funding to create the TC-264 Sno-Buggy, which had eight huge 120-inch (3.0 m) rubber tires, arranged in pairs and driven by four
motors powered by a single Allison V-1710 engine running on butane. The resulting vehicle has an enormous amount of tire area to vehicle weight,
allowing it to float on the tundra and snow. First unveiled in June 1954, the Sno-Buggy was sent to Greenland for testing
So here we see even more history on this amazing machine, at least the concept from which the sno-train was developed.
And here is a word on what happened to them in the 60's:
Final specifications were completed in 1960, and construction took most of 1961. After preliminary testing, it was handed to the Army in February
1962, and shipped to the Yuma Proving Ground in Yuma, Arizona. In testing under the "Project OTTER", for "Overland Train Terrain Evaluation
Research", the vehicle performed well. But in the end the Army gave up on the idea as newer heavy-lift helicopters like the S-64 Skycrane made the
train concept outdated.
The vehicle remained unused for a time, and was then put up for sale for $1.4 million in 1969. All that remains of the Mark II is the control cab
which remains at Yuma, the rest was sold off to a local scrap dealer. The Mark II retains the record for the longest offroad vehicle in the world
I'm thinking one of the last pictures you posted is of this control cab of the Mark II since it is mentioned that it's on its way to Yuma?
Again, thanks baddmove for an interesting look back at something that until you posted this I had no idea even existed. I've enjoyed looking into
this further and hope the info I found can shed some more light on this for you, it certainly did for me.
Thank you OP great read , it really makes me wonder with the current levels of technology the US could keep any bases they have established in the
Arctic regions supplied and hidden from prying eyes. I have always wandered what the true reason for Operation High Jump was , for are Military to
send so much hardware to the South pole with PaperClip in full swing and the amount of gossip over the Nazis subs finding something and establishing a
base ..I have always felt that every BS story to come out was all CIA and NSA noise , counter Intel keep people chasing BS so long they no longer no
the difference between fact and fiction .I feel myself that Antarctica hides an ancient race of people who were destroyed by the last pole flip and
even wit there level of tech the knew they could not survive the reforming of the surface plates of the Earth ...SO take all that and the snow trains
and i SEE huge missions to aquire whatever is buried down there , while they throw us BS like Lake Vostock ..Throw us crumbs keep us away from the
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