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..
They have always been a favorite of mine..
sno train source
edit on 28-1-2012 by baddmove because: added video
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