Kusan K-Series Drop Center Flatcars

With the exception of the Compressortron cars, K-Series drop center flatcars were assigned the 460 - 461 series of catalog numbers. Variations include different color shades for cases and flatcars. Compressortrons were assigned to the 900 series.

Frisco dark yellow flatcar with olive drab cases

Kusan catalog number 460. St. Louis - San Francisco 46250 Frisco Lines dark yellow unpainted drop center flatcar with two olive drab unpainted watertight cases. The cases are marked UNITED STATES ARMY TRANSPORTATION CORPS General Electric.


Frisco bright yellow flatcar with olive drab cases

Kusan catalog number 460. St. Louis - San Francisco 46250 Frisco Lines bright yellow painted drop center flatcar with two olive drab painted watertight cases. The cases are marked UNITED STATES ARMY TRANSPORTATION CORPS General Electric. Photo courtesy of the G. Clarke collection.


Frisco dark yellow flatcar with blue cases

Kusan catalog number 460. St. Louis - San Francisco 46250 Frisco Lines dark yellow unpainted drop center flatcar with two blue unpainted watertight cases. The cases are marked HANDLE WITH CARE! 500000 LB. THRUST REACTION MOTOR FRAGILE.


USAX 123 dark yellow flatcar with light blue cases

Kusan catalog number 461. U.S. Army 123 dark yellow unpainted drop center flatcar with two light blue painted watertight cases. The cases are marked HANDLE WITH CARE! 500000 LB. THRUST REACTION MOTOR FRAGILE. The car rattles when shaken. More than likely small weights were placed inside the cases to give the car more weight.


USAX 123 dark yellow flatcar with blue cases

Kusan catalog number 461. U.S. Army 123 dark yellow unpainted drop center flatcar with two blue painted watertight cases. The cases are marked HANDLE WITH CARE! 500000 LB. THRUST REACTION MOTOR FRAGILE. The car rattles when shaken. More than likely small weights were placed inside the cases to give the car more weight. This car was part of Satellite Train set KF-139.


USAX 123 bright yellow flatcar with blue cases

Kusan catalog number 461. U.S. Army 123 bright yellow painted drop center flatcar with two blue unpainted watertight cases. The cases are marked HANDLE WITH CARE! 500000 LB. THRUST REACTION MOTOR FRAGILE.


Dynamic Injection Compressortron on a dark gray and yellow flatcar

Kusan catalog number 901. U.S. Army 123 Dynamic Injection Compressortron on a dark gray and yellow drop center flatcar. Two electrical leads on the front plug into the rear of a specially-designed Kusan Alco locomotive. A motorized blower inside the gray superstructure keeps a polystyrene foam satellite suspended in the air as it travels around the layout. There are two male electrical spade connectors protruding from the rear to accept wiring from a trailing searchlight car. This car was included with Satellite Train set KF-119.


Dynamic Injection Compressortron on a yellow flatcar

Kusan catalog number 902. U.S. Army 123 Dynamic Injection Compressortron on a yellow drop center flatcar. Two electrical leads on the front plug into the rear of a specially-designed Kusan Alco locomotive. A motorized blower inside the gray superstructure keeps a polystyrene foam satellite suspended in the air as it travels around the layout. There are two male electrical spade connectors protruding from the rear to accept wiring from a trailing searchlight car.


Dynamic Injection Compressortron on a red flatcar

Kusan catalog number 903. U.S. Army 123 Dynamic Injection Compressortron on a red drop center flatcar, pictured without a satellite. Two electrical leads on the front plug into the rear of a specially-designed Kusan Alco locomotive. A motorized blower inside the gray superstructure keeps a polystyrene foam satellite suspended in the air as it travels around the layout. This car was included with Satellite Train set KF-139, and has no rear electrical spade connectors for a trailing searchlight car.


Dynamic Injection Compressortron with transparent superstructure

Uncatalogued U.S. Army 123 Dynamic Injection Compressortron on a dark gray and yellow drop center flatcar. This car has a partially transparent superstructure for viewing the mechanism inside. Photo courtesy of the W. Ethridge collection.

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