The TC-497 Overland Train MkII was the final Overland Train produced. In early 1958, the United States Army requested a quote from R.G. LeTourneau, Inc. to research and develop a large Overland Train. The project was divided into 4 phases. At the end of Phase I, the concept art below showed the Army what LeTourneau had in mind. Other drawings included in the Phase I book were engineering diagrams, power car, and cargo car diagrams, and over 200 pages of typed text describing the project. The Overland Train concept began in 1955, with a variety of conceptual tests. It was not until 1958, that it got real!
The Firestone 120x48x68 tires are arguably, one of the most recognizable features on the last 3 LeTourneau Overland Trains. These…Continue Reading
In 1961, the Overland MkII was being fabricated and tested, prior to handing it over to the United States Army…Continue Reading
During my trip to Texas last week, I interviewed a man who drafted the suspension components for the Overland Train…Continue Reading