The Crawler Transporter

Crawler Transporter #1

After ten years of modeling, standing in front of the real thing is a feeling hard to describe. You might think of meeting an old friend, in new clothes, but still the same good old soul.

The cab of the Crawler Transporter

A lot of things have been added and changed since the sixties, like the new cab and the cable tray on its bottom. In the background you see the LUT for the Constellation program.

The Mystery of the Sticks

I always wondered what they are good for. Now I know: They are used to align the trucks.

Crawler Transporter Corner C

Here is one difference between the two Crawlers: CT#2 has three vertical columns for the handrails in front of the JEL cylinders, while CT#1 has one more.

Crawler Transporter #2

You should be able now to easily identify CT#2 on this picture ;) Impressive: the new exhaust system.

Inner Steering Arm

First tests of the Crawler Transporter showed, that the outer steering cylinders alone were too weak to push the trucks. So another set of steering cylinders were added along the longitudinal side of the chassis.

Crawler sprinkled

The crawler way is sprinkled to avoid tons of raised dust. To see and hear this giant in motion is an unforgettable experience.

Roof of the Crawler Transporter

A view at the roof of the Crawler Transporter. The beam crossing the fuel tank is removable.

Crawler Transporter openings

... one of the countless openings of the Crawler Transporter like here at the corner structure.

Crawler Transporter JEL heads

One of the pictures I wish I would have had already during the design of the Crawler Transporter model. A lot of the wiring was acquired during the long life of the Crawlers, however the basic set still is there.

Sprocket wheel of the Crawler Transporter

It has 13 spokes. Not sure if this is common for crawlers, however for me it still sounds very odd.

Engineer Control Room of the Crawler Transporter

It has changed a lot since the days of the moon landing program, while the inner machinery still is quite original. One basic insight however was, that MS Windows also won this battle ;)

Inside the Cab of the Crawler Transporter

Little me and the big beast. For such a giant, the tiny steering wheel is a strange contrast. Also, when you have expected an overwhelming amount of instruments like in the cockpit of an airliner, you will be surprised.

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