Kusan Satellite Train KF-119

A video of this train can be viewed here.

Satellite Train locomotive

Kusan catalog number K-19S. U.S. 135 Alco 21938 locomotive. The lever on top of the engine may be set to Stop, Slow, Medium or Fast. I've found that the Slow speed position is best for keeping the foam satellite suspended above the train while in motion.


Satellite Train Dynamic Injection Compressortron

Kusan catalog number K-901. U.S. Army 123 Dynamic Injection Compressortron. The two electrical leads plug into the rear of the Alco locomotive. A motorized blower inside the gray superstructure keeps the polystyrene foam satellite suspended in the air as the train travels around the layout. There are two male electrical spade connectors protruding from the rear to accept wiring from the trailing searchlight car.


Satellite Train simulated wood plank searchlight car

Kusan catalog number K-806. U.S. Army 401098 searchlight. This version has a simulated wood plank flatcar deck. The two electrical leads plug into the rear of the Dynamic Injection Compressortron flatcar. The searchlight illuminates and rotates as the train travels down the track.


Satellite Train smooth deck searchlight car

Kusan catalog number K-806. U.S. Army 401098 searchlight. This version has a smooth flatcar deck. The two electrical leads plug into the rear of the Dynamic Injection Compressortron flatcar. The searchlight illuminates and rotates as the train travels down the track. Photo courtesy of the G. Clarke collection.


Battery operated searchlight car

Uncatalogued U.S. Army 401098 searchlight. This is a scarcer variation of the car above. Instead of having electrical leads, the searchlight is illuminated by two AA batteries placed in a holder underneath the car.


Satellite Train canister car

Kusan catalog number K-308. U.S. Space Research 4190 gondola. Four polystyrene foam satellites are stored under the red KMT canisters.


Satellite Train smooth deck radar car

Kusan catalog number K-805A. U.S. Army 109840 Radar Scanner. This version has a smooth flatcar deck. The red radar dish rotates as the car travels around the layout. The wire antenna next to the radar dish is usually missing.


Satellite Train simulated wood plank radar car

Kusan catalog number K-805A. U.S. Army 109840 Radar Scanner. This version has a simulated wood plank flatcar deck. The red radar dish rotates as the car travels around the layout. Photo courtesy of the G. Clarke collection.


Satellite Train Space Research car

Kusan catalog number K-512. U.S. Space Research 35543 caboose. The red directional antenna on the caboose roof is fragile and often broken off.

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