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Interesting article from the mid-60s on the history and design of articulated tracked vehicles. There are some familiar machines and other one offs too I thought were interesting. I wonder if the Polecat Mark II is still out there, that would be fun to restore!
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Interesting, nice to see that early technical information.
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My curiosity got the best of me early this week on WNRE (Wilson Nuttall Raimond Engineering Inc.) soooo... using the power of the internet and my google fu skills I managed to contact the last two remaining engineers that worked there . I didn't realize they were such an innovative company for the time. One of the engineers was kind enough to scan one of the brochures that contained specifications for the vehicles they designed (from 1954-late 60s). Unfortunately only a few of these machines came to fruition, most of them one-offs. I hope you enjoy the history as much as I did!


I have a bunch of other correspondence from them on the formation, development history, personalities of the 'bosses' and eventual downfall, but since I am not a historian, I will hand most of that to the guy who runs the unusual locomotion website, he does good work :).
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Interesting article from the mid-60s on the history and design of articulated tracked vehicles. There are some familiar machines and other one offs too I thought were interesting. I wonder if the Polecat Mark II is still out there, that would be fun to restore!
The killen Straights was a local machine here in the east central WI area.

they are the hope to find someday machine as they were made about 1 mile from my house.......
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Interesting article from the mid-60s on the history and design of articulated tracked vehicles. There are some familiar machines and other one offs too I thought were interesting. I wonder if the Polecat Mark II is still out there, that would be fun to restore!
Thanks for the info, I wouldn’t mind those contacts if possible I have a Musk-OX
Made in the 80’s it was a Dynometer machine made for testing tanks. I would love to get anything on it.
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Thanks for the info, I wouldn’t mind those contacts if possible I have a Musk-OX
Made in the 80’s it was a Dynometer machine made for testing tanks. I would love to get anything on it.
I thought of you as soon as I saw this thread .You should get that muskox going it was a beast !
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