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Trailer, Athey, Track Laying (G-123)

The Athey Track Laying trailers were used for general cargo on sand, soft soils, or mud, often with a tracked prime mover. The Athey Truss Wheel Company made three models for the U.S. military during World War II:

  BT898-1 BT898-4 ET1076-1
Nomenclature: Trailer, Athey, Track Laying, 6-Ton, BT898-1 Trailer, Athey, Track Laying, 6-Ton, BT898-4 Trailer, Athey, Track Laying, 20-Ton, ET1076-1
Body: Platform, stake, with or w/o canopy Steel platform and stakes Stake with canopy
Weight, net: 6,300 lbs 8,540 lbs 14,700 lbs
Weight, payload: 12,000 lbs 12,000 lbs 40,000 lbs
Weight, gross: 18,300 lbs 20,540 lbs 54,700 lbs
Loading height: 47 in 52 in 53 in
Track width: 14 1/2 in 20 in 20 in
Manuals:* TM 9-790A, TM 9-1790A TM 9-790A, TM 9-1790A TM 9-790B, TM 9-1790A

* Parts list for all models is SNL G-123.

The trailers had no brakes, intended for low speed travel.

Trailer, Athey, Track Laying Photo Gallery

Troops transported over the mud on an Athey Track Laying Trailer, BT898-4, Attu, Aleutian Islands, Alaska, during WW II
Troops transported over the mud on an Athey Track Laying Trailer, BT898-4, Attu, Aleutian Islands, Alaska, during WW II.

>Omaha Beach in mid-June of 1944, after the D-Day beachhead has been secured.  Two Athey Track Laying Trailers can be seen, the nearer one appears to be a BT898-1 stake body.  This photo is a detail from a larger view of Omaha Beach
Omaha Beach in mid-June of 1944, after the D-Day beachhead has been secured. Two Athey Track Laying Trailers can be seen, the nearer one appears to be a BT898-1 stake body. This photo is a detail from a larger view of Omaha Beach.

Athey Track Laying Trailer, BT898-1, on Omaha Beach, near D-Day, 6 June 1944.  Two M-3A4 Hand Carts are on the sand in foreground
Athey Track Laying Trailer, BT898-1, on Omaha Beach, near D-Day, 6 June 1944. Two M-3A4 Hand Carts are on the sand in foreground.

Athey Track Laying Trailer, BT898-1, reference photo from TM 9-8000, Principles of Automotive Vehicles, Jan 1956
Athey Track Laying Trailer, BT898-1, reference photo from TM 9-8000, Principles of Automotive Vehicles, Jan 1956.

Athey Track Laying Trailer, BT898-4, reference photo from TM 9-2800-1
Athey Track Laying Trailer, BT898-4, reference photo from TM 9-2800-1.

Athey Track Laying Trailer, ET1076-1, reference photo from TM 9-2800-1
Athey Track Laying Trailer, ET1076-1, reference photo from TM 9-2800-1.

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