The Sno-Buggy was an experimental machine to help the Army further understand oversnow transportation methods. This was also the first time that the Firestone 120x48x68 tires had been tested in the Arctic. The Sno-Buggy departed LeTourneau’s Longview, TX factory for Greenland on July 15, 1954.
The Sno-Buggy was designed as a single car, without powered trailers, with one exception. LeTourneau designed an unpowered trailer to accompany the Sno-Buggy in its Greenland tests. The trailer was unpowered and used different wheels and tires – it was called the LeTourneau Cargo Trailer Model 73. Only one of these trailers was ever built.
The Sno-Buggy, while not an Overland Train, was one of the building blocks for many of the technologies utilized for the Trains. A talented model builder on Instagram built this Sno-Buggy and Model 73 trailer. It is a 1/64th representation.
You can view his Instagram Reel, a live video of his build at https://www.instagram.com/reel/CnFuSkTodRG/.
What happened to the Sno-Buggy?
When the Sno-Buggy came back to Longview, it was modified and repurposed into a new machine called the Swamp Buggy. You can read about the Sno-Buggy/Swamp Buggy and Overland Trains story on Kindle eBook or paperback formats. Order the book on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0BFL91FX6.