Support Equipment

Tractors Container Chassis Other Trucking equipment Loading Equipment Ships Detail Parts
This page contains a list of N Scale Intermodal Support Equipment which is not a railcar, and is not usually seen as a load on a railcar. These include tractors, loading equipment, and trucking and ship related items. There is also a list of N-Scale Intermodal Manufactures websites listed here

Tractors

Manufacturer Model Prototype Availability Comments photo
ArnoldEuropean Prototype Cabover tractorsSold with trailers
AthearnFord C Series tractor.Ford C series tractors. Introduced in 1957, Still in use by some trucking lines(Roadway for example)Sold as a single tractor and available in sets with trailersAthearn Ford C-series Tractor.
AthearnMack Model B tractor.Mack Model B tractors.Sold as a single tractor and in sets with trailersAthearn Mack Model B Tractor.
AthearnMack Model R tractor.Mack Model R tractors.Sold as a single tractor and in sets with trailersAthearn Mack Model R Tractor.
AtlasFord 9000 series tractorssold in pairs
Bachmannplastic tractorcould be used as a yard tractorBachmann Tractor.
Burt IndustriesCast resin yard tractorOttowa prototype
ConCorCab over tractors80's prototypes
ConCorStandard sleeper tractors80's prototypes
Detail AssociatesOlder Kenworth TractorCast Metal Kitappears to be a Local type Tractor (does not have a sleeper behind the cab)
Detail AssociatesWhite COELocal delivery single drive axle
GHQOttowa Yard Tractors
GHQFord 9000 series
GHQPeterbuilt 359
GHQFreight Liner Cab over Engine
GHQ1953 Kenworth Bullnose Cab over Engine
GHQ1941 Peterbuilt 344
KatoOttowa Yard TractorsPlastic BodyComes as a set with a container chassis and a containerKato Ottowa yard Tractor.
KatoVolvo TractorsPlastic BodyComes as a set with a container chassis and a containerKato Volvo Tractor.
Micro Machinesvarious tractorsthese aren't quite scale, but are close
Micron ArtTractoretched brass and cast metal kitMicron Art Lists this as being usable for 1937-1957 era tractors. Comes with grills for Kenworth,AutoCar, and a Generic Grill for other manufacturers
Road Apples1993 Kenworth "Anteater"Cast Resin KitOver the Road Tractor
Showcase Miniatures1996 Kenworth T600 Local tractorCast Metal KitThis can be used to represent an older model year. The trucking company I used to work for had a couple of these that were built in 1989, and they had very little outward appearance difference
Showcase MiniaturesKenworth tractor with SleeperCast Metal Kitappears to be the same cab as is used on the Showcase T600, so I would speculate the same date applies to both models
WikingEuropean Prototype Mercedes Benz Cab OverSold with trailersThese might be modifiable into an American prototype MB tractor, but I don't own one, so can't speak with certainty
WikingEuropean Prototype Bussing TractorSold with trailersThese might be modifiable into an American prototype tractor, but I don't own one, so can't speak with certainty
WalthersOttowa Yard TractorsCast Resin body with metal details.Walthers (Magnuson Models) Ottowa yard Tractor.

Container Chassis

Manufacturer Model Prototype Availability Comments photo
Arnold40 foot Chassissold with European style tractor
AC Models28ft chassis Cast Metal Kitfixed length
AC Models20ft chassis Cast Metal Kitfixed length
AC Models40ft chassis Cast Metal Kitfixed length
AC Models45ft chassis Cast Metal Kitfixed length
AC Models48ft chassis Cast Metal Kitfixed length
AC Models53ft chassis Cast Metal Kitfixed length
ConCor40 foot Chassispart of 40 foot container sets from the Route 66 Series)
ConCor45 foot Chassispart of 45 foot container sets from the Route 66 Series
Deluxe Innovations40 foot Chassisplastic kits Tooling developed by Interail, and are a fixed design
GHQ48 foot Chassis
Interail40 foot Chassisplastic kitsThese are now being produced by Deluxe Innovations in a modified fashion
Kato40 ft to 48 ft extendable chassisPlastic BodyComes as a set with either an Ottowa yard tractor or a Volvo road tractor and a containerKato extendable Container Chassis.
N-Scale Kits28ft chassis Cast Metal Kitfixed length. This is a former AC Models kit.
N-Scale Kits20ft chassis Cast Metal Kitfixed length. This is a former AC Models kit.
N-Scale Kits40ft chassis Cast Metal Kitfixed length. This is a former AC Models kit.
N-Scale Kits45ft chassis Cast Metal Kitfixed length. This is a former AC Models kit.
N-Scale Kits48ft chassis Cast Metal Kitfixed length. This is a former AC Models kit.
N-Scale Kits53ft chassis Cast Metal Kitfixed length. This is a former AC Models kit.
Walthers40 foot container ChassisCast Metal KitWalthers 40 foot container chassis.
Walthers48 foot Container ChassisCast Metal KitWalthers 48 foot container chassis.

Other Trucking Equipment

Manufacturer Model Prototype Availability Comments photo
Alan Curtis ModelsTandem truck converter dolliesThese are the wheelsets you see under the second trailer in a dual trailer setup
AthearnTandem truck converter dolliesThese are the wheelsets you see under the second trailer in a dual trailer setupAthearn Converter Dolly.
Detail AssociatesTruck Bogies with Extra WheelsThese are the wheelsets you see under the second trailer in a dual trailer setup
Ultimate N-ScaleTandem truck converter dolliesThese are the wheelsets you see under the second trailer in a dual trailer setup

Loading Equipment

Manufacturer Model Prototype Availability Comments photo
Blair LineWooden rampProbably usable for a circus loading facility
BrawaOperating Container CraneOverhead crane for containers or trailers -- Rail mounted -- Animated.
Burt IndustriesPaceco port craneThese are the large cranes seen at ship side facilities which transfer containers too/from ships
GHQMi-Jack TransliftPewter? Kit
SeaRailsPort craneBased on the newest cranes at the Port of OaklandThis is an etched brass kit of the large cranes seen at ship side facilities which transfer containers too/from ships
Showcase MiniaturesKalmar Side loader
N-Scale of NevadaPiggy Packerthere were ONLY 611 of these made. If you have one, or can find one, they are a prized piece of intermodal equipment in N-Scale
VollmerRail mounted overhead container/trailer craneEuropean Prototype
WalthersMi-Jack Transliftplastic KitAssembled Walthers Mi-Jack Translift
Wheels Of TimePiggy PackerAnnounced July,2011. This is the first piece of intermodal equipment from Wheels of Time. More details will be posted as the become available.

Ships

Manufacturer Model Prototype Availability Comments photo
Burt IndustriesThe "Sun Stran" This ship has the superstructure near the middle of the ship.*
Burt IndustriesThe "Sun Coast" This ship has the superstructure near the rear of the ship.*
InterailAPL Class C-10 container shipThese were only available assembled. This is a water line model According to the information I have, this model was almost 6 feet long, and 10 inches wide. The prototype is capable of hauling 4300 20 foot containers. Apparently, two of these models were built. one was the sample delivered to Interail, the other is in the office of APL in Oakland, CA.
SeaRails The "Austral Pioneer"Sold assembled. Also, a Hull and superstructure kit is available. Both are available direct from SeaRails This ship is 32"x5", and has the superstructure near the rear.

Detail Parts

Blair Line -- Modern Highway details and road signs
Gold Metal Models -- Modern Highway gardrails
MicroScale -- Decals for many trucking lines, and rail owned equipment.

* Photographs of both Burt Industries ships can be seen at the website for Naval Base Hobbies. These are located on the Commercial and Tugboats page. There are also several other boats made by Burt Industries on this page (you'll need to scroll down, they are near the bottom)

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