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Nothing to Shoot Grouse Off Of: The Development and Fate of the LeTourneau Land Trains

Posted December 31, 2021 3:00 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: trucks and SUVs

Niche vehicles were sort of Robert Gilmour LeTourneau's forte, but none could be considered as niche as the land trains that his company built over a 10-year period in the Fifties and Sixties. Envisioned as massive haulers capable of supplying remote, trackless, wildernesses with many tons of equipment and supplies, they represent an age in which the automobile - at whatever scale, in whatever form - was considered the solution to every issue that Americans faced.

The engineering required to create the land trains was not insubstantial, as YouTuber Calum explored in this deep dive on LeTourneau himself, the company he started, and the various land trains. We've covered the land trains - including their connection to Bigfoot and monster truck history - in previous articles, but it's fascinating to see them in action in the video clips Calum has assembled.

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