Proving that prototypes come in all shapes and sizes – Lionel’s model of the Trackmobile is perfect for even the smallest of trackplans. The prototype model 4850TM is the latest in a long line of road/rail hybrids. These little critters are very useful in compact switching locations and industries of all sizes. Even a relatively small to mid-sized industry may sport one of these versatile vehicles. In addition to private industry, many railroads today own a few of these for use around locomotive and car maintenance facilities. Their small size, flexibility and low-cost makes them perfect for squeezing onto a turntable with a locomotive or nimbly nudging a broken boxcar into the shops.
The Trackmobile has both rubber tires and railroad wheels, allowing it to pull cars on tracks, or drive over the road. This is very useful in tight locations where there may not be room for a run-around track to help with facing switches. Although this prototype is modern, the concept has been around for nearly 100 years. The Pennsylvania built gasoline-electric tractors for congested ports of Baltimore and Jersey City in the 1920s. (So even our PRR fantasy paint isn’t without precedent!)
Lionel makes it easy to add one of these fun little switchers to your layout. And ours will do everything the prototype can – except run off the track! The compact 6″ model will negotiate an O-27 curve. Working Electro-couplers at each end allow easy switching. With a die-cast metal frame and body, this little powerhouse will easily match the pulling power of its prototype and then some.
Despite its small size, there is a lot to grab your attention on these models – working directional headlights and tail lights, blinking strobe lights, and cab interior lights (to highlight all the details inside!) The model is Command Control equipped and can also run on conventional transformer control. You’ll have lots of fun delivering cars to all of your sidings with this little gem.
We’ve introduced four new paint schemes this year on the model – something to meet any taste. They will look great toiling in and industrial complex, military supply depot, coach yard, intermodal terminal, or railroad maintenance facility. The US Army (6-28466), Pennsylvania (6-28467), Amtrak (6-28468), and BNSF (6-28469) Trackmobiles should be on dealer shelves now! Each retails for $299.99.