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B-81 Mack Tractor with Crane

B-81 Mack Tractor with Crane

Here is a Mack B-81 I built for the marine contractor on my layout It has a crane mounted behind the cab for loading piling and other heavy timber onto its trailer or another truck. Behind this is a fifth wheel with enough clearance for full turn of a square nose flat trailer with a 24” set back king pin.

Extended Lowbed Trailer

Extended Lowbed Trailer

Mack LM tractor with 12.00-24 tires on a 207” wheelbase. Kit number 95140. There is a custom built tandem winch set up and head ache assembly and platform behind the cab.
The lowbed trailer represents wht a contractor might do to adapt an older trailer with plenty of capacity to comply with new weight laws (bridge formula) that required a longer axle spread. In order that the trailer can be used with lighter loadings or transported without a load the front kick-up extension can be folded back and the rear axles can be folded forward or removed.

Moving a Boiler

Moving a Boiler

Mack LM tractor with 12.00-24 tires on a 207” wheelbase. Kit number 95140. There is a custom built tandem winch set up and head ache assembly and platform behind the cab.
The lowbed trailer represents wht a contractor might do to adapt an older trailer with plenty of capacity to comply with new weight laws (bridge formula) that required a longer axle spread. In order that the trailer can be used with lighter loadings or transported without a load the front kick-up extension can be folded back and the rear axles can be folded forward or removed.

Moving a Locomotive

Moving a Locomotive

This rig is modeled after a move that Gerosa back in 1956 transporting a Long Island Railroad engine to to a museum. It was a short move that they could get away with back then but not today.
The custom built trailer is a Rogers, probably 90 ton, 16 11.00-20 tires. The tractor is the Autocar from kit # 95130 but it has 1400-20 tires on back with planetary drive normally used for the crane carriers. There are 12.00-24 tires on front. 200” wheelbase, s/n 101985.

Four Man Moving Van

Four Man Moving Van

Here's a custom piece I bult for a collector who has many of my models

Unloading a M4 High Speed Tractor

Unloading a M4 High Speed Tractor

Here’s a Roco WWII era M4 high-speed tractor weighing about 15 tons. They were primarily used to pull large guns and had little use in civilian service but could be purchased for very little, especially to small governmental agencies

Moving a 48 ton Tank for the Army

Moving a 48 ton Tank for the Army

Roco has made some nice HO scale almost ready to run military vehicles over the years. Many of these fall into the 1940 to 1960 era but the problem is figuring out how to display them on your layout. A bunch of olive drab painted vehicles will most likely seem out of place. I’m going to be putting more examples of military equipment on the site, just do a search on site for “military”.

Trucks and Railroads Working Together

Trucks and Railroads Working Together

Transporting a Trolley Car

Transporting a Trolley Car

Both images show a typical Autocar tractor, 164” wheelbase and a custom built headache rack for holding chains and binders. The rack was made with 0.060” upright styrene channel beams with horizontal 0.040” styrene rods. Check to see if I’ve uploaded other pictures of this truck that shows the headache rack by doing a search (on this web site) for 101520 which is the serial number I’ve assigned this model.

The first photo shows a 50 ton drop center trailer with 11.00-20 tires so the load must be blocked toward the front.

Weathered Autocar Ttractor

Weathered Autocar Ttractor

One of my favorite trucks and also one of my favorite models. I built it as a tractor to haul a three axle log trailer. Someone bought the trailer but I’m glad they left me the tractor.

The manufacturer’s model number is a DC-103-64-OH 188. The DC is for the cab style introduced in 1950, the 103 is an indication of the capacity and if the last digit is odd the axle is set back, if even it is set forward, same hood length.

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