AC4400 Diesel Solid Rocket Motor Transport Boxed Set w/Proto-Sound 2.0 - NASA
Features U.P. AC4400 locomotive, five 47' TTX Heavy Duty Flat Cars with a removable covered load, each containing a section of the rocket. The covered loads are hinged at the top and lift off the car to reveal the rocket section. All five sections can be assembled to form a complete rocket. The sixth car is a 70' Passenger Coach crew car.
First appeared in:
2010 Volume 1
If you have ever wondered how NASA moves those solid rockets around prior to launch, then this all-new Solid Rocket Transport train should give you the answer.
Due to the rocket motors large size, moving it completely assembled from its Utah manufacturing site to Cape Canaveral, Florida is impractical. Consequently, the rocket section is loaded atop a heavy-duty flat car and transported by rail in a unit train to the launch area where it is then assembled. The route traveled takes the train southeast via the Union Pacific, Kansas City Southern, CSX and Florida East Coast routes. Each rocket section is covered with a removable large steel cover for both protection and secrecy as to the car's load. Often each car in the unit train is separated by "buffer" car that can absorb any impact caused by a derailment or other mishap. The buffer cars can take the form of additional flat cars with covers or a boxcar.
The Premier Line six-car Solid Rocket Transport train includes five 47' TTX Heavy Duty Flat Cars with covers. The cover houses different sections of the rocket, each of which can be removed from the car and assembled into a free-standing rocket. When assembled, the rocket measures 30 _" in height or nearly 123 scale feet! A sixth car in the form of a streamlined passenger coach serves as the Transport train's crew car.
This set can also be combined with a 6-car Union Pacific Hi-Cube Box Car set for use as buffer cars.
Set Includes (5) 47' TTX Heavy Duty Flat Cars with Removable Covers & Rocket Sections (1) 70' Streamlined Coach Crew Car (1) AC4400 Diesel Locomotive with Proto-Sound 2.0
Locomotive Features (2) Remotely Controlled Proto-Couplersr Metal Chassis (2) Precision Flywheel Equipped Motors Illuminated Number Boards Intricately Detailed ABS Body Directionally Controlled Headlights Die-Cast Truck Sides, Pilots and Fuel Tank Authentic Paint Scheme Metal Handrails and Decorative Horn Lighted Marker Lights (2) Engineer Cab Figures Spinning Roof Fans Metal Body Side Grilles Operating Smoke Unit Metal Wheels, Axles and Gears Lighted Cab Interior Locomotive Speed Control In Scale MPH IncrementsProto-Sound 2.0 With The Digital Command System Featuring: Freight Yard Proto-Effects Unit Measures: 18 3/4 x 2 3/4 x 4 1/16 Operates On O-42 Curves
Flat Car Features Metal Wheels and Axles Sprung Die-Cast 4-Wheel Trucks Operating Die-Cast Metal Couplers Authentic Paint Scheme Fast-Angle Wheel Sets Needle-Point Axles Separate Metal Handrails Decorative Brake Wheels Intricately Detailed Durable ABS Bodies Removable Cover Removable Rocket Section 1:48 Scale Dimensions
Crew Car Features Metal Wheels and Axles Die-Cast 4-Wheel Trucks Operating Die-Cast Metal Couplers Authentic Paint Scheme Fast-Angle Wheel Sets Needle-Point Axles Separate Metal Handrails Decorative Brake Wheels Intricately Detailed Durable ABS Bodies Detailed Car Interior Operating Overhead Car Lighting End-of-Car Diaphragms Opening Car Doors Detailed Car Undercarriage 1:48 Scale Dimensions