a previous thread Capitol Limited has morphed into TOFC talk, so I am starting over here. A few other members offered some good information on that thread. I have been researching 50's era TOFC for my future layout. I plan on a yard that demonstrates circus loading with chains and hitches, clejan, and flexi-van service, with a narrative that a local industry has special trailers carry fragile equipment to be sent to different mainlines using different methods. I found a link to Railway Age magazine with some really good pictures and descriptions. This issue is from July 1st 1957. I will post a series or articles FYI this one is on a new tractor for circus loading. Note that both the front and rear axles steer. Any new operation which starts with conventional, existing equipment soon develops specialized gear for the specific job—and piggyback is no exception. Latest device to leave the drawing board and enter the pilot-model stage is a high-mobility “Trailer Spotter,” developed by Four Wheel Drive Auto Company, Clintonville, Wis. Designed for maneuverability in congested areas, the “Trailer Spotter” features a driver's seat which rotates around a center steering column—thus enabling the driver to face in the direction of movement at all times. Two sets of accelerator and air brake pedals are provided, one for forward operation, the other for reverse. A single steering wheel guides the front wheels, with simultaneous or separate steering of rear wheels provided by a control lever on the steering column. Both steering controls are power assisted. “TRAILER SPOTTER” in action, backing truck trailer onto flat car in tests at Chicago. Cab offset permits driver to see alongside trailer during Two special features—a hydraulic elevating fifth wheel and a rear cab door—permit the driver to hook up, move and detach trailers without get ting down from the cab. The cab it self is offset to the left of the engine, to permit the driver to see back along side the trailer. Power is transmitted to the axle backing operation; seat swivel has driver always facing direction of travel. beneath the fifth wheel to drive the rear wheels. Four-wheel drive is avail able as an optional feature and a single-axle drive can be converted to four-wheel drive by changing the front axle and installing an extra propeller shaft. FWD’s “Trailer Spotter” is rated, according to the manufacturer, for kingpin loads up to 26,000 lb.