Athearn RTR HO Scale: Yard Tractor - Burlington Northern
PROTOTYPE AND BACKGROUND INFO:
A terminal tractor, known in the United States as a spotter truck, spotting tractor, yard truck, yard goat, yard jockey or mule, is a semi-tractor intended to move semi trailers within a cargo yard, warehouse facility, or intermodal facility, much like a switcher locomotive is used to position railcars. Distinctions between a terminal tractor and a regular road truck are several and noticeable:
- A single person cab offset to the side of the engine.
- A full-height, sliding rear door for easy access to trailer connections.
- A very short wheelbase, usually with a solidly mounted rear axle.
- A low power diesel or alternate fuel engine, usually with an automatic transmission.
- A fifth wheel with an integrated lifting mechanism designed to allow the semi-trailers legs to remain in the down position during movement. 15 inches (380 mm) and 70,000 lb (32,000 kg) of hydraulic lift are typical.
- 12-gauge steel side wall Cab construction with 1⁄2-inch (13 mm) steel floors for protection in abusive & dangerous work environments.
360 Degree View to facilitate five to six moves an hour.
- Factory assembled with many detail parts applied
- Molded cab interior with separately applied steering wheel
- Clear window glazing
- Rubber tires