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Tractor, Rubber-Tired, Articulated Steering, Multi-Purpose (TRAM)

The Tractor, Rubber-Tired, Articulated Steering, Multi-Purpose (TRAM) is procured by the U.S. Marine Corps for material handling and light construction operations with a capacity of up to 5-tons. The diesel-powered, four-wheel drive TRAM is used by engineerr, transportation, ground service support, and Marine Aircraft Wing units. It extends the capabilities previously provided by the Extendable Boom Forklift or the MC4000 Forklift. In addition to material handling with its fork attachment, TRAM with a bucket attachment assists in the construction of foundations, excavation of fortifications and soil addition and removal for road, airfield construction, and utilities. Other attachments are available for specialized tasks.

John Deere Construction and Forestry Co. is the manufacturer, producing TRAM units in Moline, IL. The TRAM is a modified Deere 624J wheel loader, First units were ordered in the late 1980s and, after successful use since then, a contract for replacements and additional units was issued in December 2006. American Defense Systems, Inc. (ADSI) provides an armor kit for TRAM, for bullet and blast protection of TRAM operaators.

The TRAM is identified by NSN 3805-01-549-7814. Model number 644E is also used. Kit, Armor is a 3rd and 4th echelon tool kit to armor the operator area of the TRAM. It has NSN 9515-01-545-2474.

TRAM Characteristics and Operating Specifications

Weight 37,449 lb (16,986 kg)
Width (with Bucket) 108 in (274 cm)
Length (with Fork) 339 in (861 cm)
Height 132 in (335 cm)
Fuel Consumption 8 gallons/hour
Max Capacity 10,000 lbs fork, 7,500 lbs bucket

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Tractor, Rubber-Tired, Articulated Steering, Multi-Purpose (TRAM) Photo Gallery

Marine Corps Tractor, Rubber Tired, Articulated Steering, Multipurpose Vehicle (TRAM) from Marine Expeditionary Service Support Group 24 offloads cargo off a 7-ton MTVR on Ft. A.P. Hill VA, on 5 Jan 2006
Marine Corps Tractor, Rubber Tired, Articulated Steering, Multipurpose Vehicle (TRAM) from Marine Expeditionary Service Support Group 24 offloads cargo off a 7-ton MTVR on Ft. A.P. Hill VA, on 5 Jan 2006.

Pallets of Meals, Ready to Eat (MREs) are loaded onto a truck by a TRAM outside of Forward Operating Base Edinburgh, Afghanistan, 3 Oct 2011
Pallets of Meals, Ready to Eat (MREs) are loaded onto a truck by a TRAM outside of Forward Operating Base Edinburgh, Afghanistan, 3 Oct 2011..

USMC Tractor, Rubber-Tired, Articulated Steering, Multi-Purpose (TRAM)
USMC Tractor, Rubber-Tired, Articulated Steering, Multi-Purpose (TRAM)..