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I enhanced my Lionel Rocket Booster Train to be a prototypical consist. It now is led by two ES44AC locomotives and consists of ten booster sections and eleven buffer cars. This is a common consist for the current booster trains bringing booster components from Utah to the Cape.

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Just need the passenger car at the end that houses the engineers from Utah to the Cape. They would check on the rocket sections after every stop to ensure nobody slipped into one of the rocket covers. This did happen once and they found a fire setup that someone tried to start to stay warm. Slightly dangerous with the load.

@OhB1 posted:

Just need the passenger car at the end that houses the engineers from Utah to the Cape. They would check on the rocket sections after every stop to ensure nobody slipped into one of the rocket covers. This did happen once and they found a fire setup that someone tried to start to stay warm. Slightly dangerous with the load.

Actually, I left the passenger car off since it doesn't run with the train anymore.  I still have the passenger car that came with the set, but it's no longer used with the train.  You can find a bunch of YouTube videos of the real Rocket Booster Trains, none of them have the passenger car.   The car that came with the Lionel set is actually the one that was used for the Space Shuttle booster trains, the Hialeah.  I don't remember the name of the one that was supposed to be used with the SLS boosters, but since it isn't on the trains, I figured I didn't need it.

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Very nice.

Well, you have all this great stuff you keep showing us, I had to get in on the act.

@BillYo414 posted:

That's a heck of a train! What are the buffer cars for? Improving clearance between the booster sections?

The buffer cars are filled with 50,000 pounds of concrete for stability, their real purpose is to prevent any accidents from doing more damage than necessary to the rather expensive booster sections in the event of a crash.  They serve a similar function as the buffer cars used on tank trains between the locomotives and the tank cars.

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