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I seem to remember the intro to the show having the train-car traveling amongst some barren mountainous terrain. I seem to remember that each section of the car-train had a different purpose, like the medical car, and the weapons car, etc.

I don't think it ran for more than a season, possibly not even completing a full season. It was live-action. It was on US television, and I don't remember any accents, so I am guessing it was American.

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  • I remember exactly that TV Show and still looking for it. The Train was actually composed of a pickup truck that connected to the trailer and could be removed to use just as a normal vehicle. Think the main character was someone like Dolph Lundgren and i believe he was from the future and used to hide the trailer so no one could see it (kinda in a back to the future way..) any suggestions on what this could be? Any help would be much appreciated, definitely not Ark II or other suggestions here... Jul 8, 2015 at 20:31

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Ark II

The Ark II vehicle stands on a barren landscape: it is a long wide white vehicle with 6 wheels; it has a pointed front but is pretty rectangular

Here's a guess: Ark II

Three young scientists travel around the country in the 25th century after the world has been ravaged by pollution. In their hi-tech RV, the titular Ark II, they study the land and help out those in need.

Diagram of the Ark II on a white and orange background; it shows 3 different angles and its size in comparison to a human (just a bit taller)

Go here and here for more details, episode guides and pics. Watch a making-of documentary here.

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  • I'm thinking yours is the correct answer... the asker mentioned jumpsuits. Good answer.
    – John O
    Mar 4, 2014 at 15:05
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    @John - Actually, "The Highwayman" was my first pick :-) But with the additional info, yeah, "Ark II" might be the one. Have my doubts though. I mean, how does one forget a talking chimpanzee? Mar 4, 2014 at 15:28
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    This was a punishingly bad show. Jul 8, 2015 at 20:39
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    I've seen worse shows. But, you know, I totally forgot there wasva monkey in this one.
    – JRE
    Jun 20, 2017 at 20:16
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Yet another possibility:

Terrahawks Overlander: a model of the vehicle stands on a desert landcape; it is silver with blue stripes and made of 3 sections each with 6 wheels

This is the Overlander from Terrahawks. It's function is:

an automated all-terrain vehicle similar to a rail-free train with multiple, articulated sections that brings supplies to Hawknest. - (Wikipedia)

This image is from David Sisson's page - a man who restored the original model.

In your question, you mention multiple sections, which the Overlander had. And you mention mountainous terrain - which was exactly the terrain on which the Overlander drove.

See if the vehicle in this video looks familiar:

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This is almost certainly The Highwayman. It was another cheesy Glen Larson series from the late 1980s or so, and depicted two quasi-law enforcement officers who drove trailer trucks that (I kid you not) could convert into helicopters. One of them had this ridiculous Australian accent, but I am uncertain if this was just acting or if he was someone famous from that continent or whatever.

I don't think it lasted a full season.

Here is an image I dug up on Google to confirm it:

a large silver truck stands on a desert area; it has ten wheels; the trailer is typical of a truck but with a shark fin in the middle; the front looks like a bunch of thrusters from a space shape

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    It was live-action. It was on US television, and I don't remember any accents, so I am guessing it was American. I've been googling for a while now, and the closest thing I came up with is the "Mammoth Car" from Speed Racer. It was very much like that, except not animated. At least I think that's what I remember. I saw "The Highwayman" in my Google searches, and I don't think that's what it was. This is driving me nuts. Making me question my sanity and my memory. LOL!
    – David
    Mar 4, 2014 at 4:10
  • It was only the one actor with the accent... like I said, it was a Larson show (Battlestar, Knight Rider). This is it. Go watch one and you'll be convinced.
    – John O
    Mar 4, 2014 at 4:13
  • Oh snap, I remember that show! Well I never watched it but I recall it being made fun of somewhere along with Manimal (which I've also never seen... man, maybe I should watch those shows). Mar 4, 2014 at 4:38
  • @22ndCenturyFza This was about on the level of Manimal... even as a 13 yr old it seemed kind of stupid. A science-fiction-starved 13 yr old.
    – John O
    Mar 4, 2014 at 4:47
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    Yeah. I'm pretty sure that's not it. I seem to remember the occupants of the "mammoth car" were a crew, not a single guy. And they were less "Mad Max" and more futuristic jump-suit kinda garments. shrug Regardless, thanks for the link. :)
    – David
    Mar 4, 2014 at 6:14
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Could you be thinking of Damnation Alley? Although produced and released as a theatrical movie, it made its way to TV fairly quickly. IIRC, the TV version was broadcast in two parts, making it feel like a mini-series.

Practically another star of the show, the "Landmaster" was a custom-built articulated vehicle with a very unique wheel arrangement - the three-wheel clusters could rotate to climb over large obstacles. The Landmaster was actually built full-scale and driveable, having a working drivetrain.

A chunky silver vehicle stands in a barren landscape; a man pokes his head through a top hatch and there is a missile launcher mounted on the back. The wheels are made up of groups of 3 in a triangle

As for the "specialized sections", could you be thinking of the movie The Core?

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Sounds like Genesis II and/or Planet Earth. These Gene Roddenberry TV movies involved a train system and the character name Dylan Hunt.

Painting of an underground train system; passengers wait in an unmodified cave with a transparent tube in it and a train passing through

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    – Edlothiad
    Jun 27, 2017 at 18:04
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I think you might have a few shows mixed up but I believe I have your answer. I believe that you are referring to the second season of The Highwayman where they added the actor Mark Alexander "Jacko" Jackson who was a former Australian rules football player.

He had a different-styled (1/2-height) tractor that could separate, unlike the tractor that actor, Sam Jones drove that had a helicopter that separated. Here is a photo of Jacko's tractor-trailer:

A low narrow car, black with a silver bottom pulls a low long truck trailer of similar design down a road

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Supertrain.

Supertrain is an American television drama/adventure series that ran on NBC from February 7 to May 5, 1979. Nine episodes were made, including a 2-hour pilot episode.

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  • Hi there! Could you edit how you think that matches? Links tend to rot, so it's better to transcribe the relevant information
    – Jenayah
    Jan 26, 2019 at 7:36

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