HO Scale: Yard Tractor - Union Pacific


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Athearn RTR HO Scale: Yard Tractor - Union Pacific


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

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