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    was out and about yesterday. first interesting thing that caught my eye was this...

    http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y96...2/PICT0081.jpg

    http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y96...2/PICT0080.jpg

    this was at the blairsville walmart across from wyotech. i got a good laugh out of it. the owner was a little older than me and said he got those tires and wheels free and was going to put "the right size" back on soon. sure...



    a little ways down the road was this...

    http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y96...32/4-16-06.jpg

    http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y96...2/4-16-062.jpg

    its a giant transformer they're moving from power plant to power plant. more tires and tonnage than you can shake a stick at. those trucks are huge. 2 pulling and 1 pushing and i guess one extra in case they have a problem.

    http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y96...2/4-16-063.jpg

    they close off half the highway to move it. they got it that far and took a break for the Easter weekend.

    http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y96...2/4-16-064.jpg

    http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y96...2/4-16-065.jpg

    they laid the frames of the first trailers on the ground hydraulicly. cool!

    http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y96...2/4-16-067.jpg

    http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y96...2/4-16-068.jpg

    thats something you'll see on the history channel someday probably. i'd like to see the cranes they use to move load and unload it.

  • #2
    How'd ya like to be the guy that has to check the air pressure on all those tires!
    That's a full day's job right there!

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    • #3
      Originally posted by tomsjeep
      How'd ya like to be the guy that has to check the air pressure on all those tires!
      That's a full day's job right there!
      LOL..Yeah, but how would youlike tobe the guy that has to change a flat? Hello, AAA I have a flat, could you bring the eleventy billion lb jack?

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      • #4
        Originally posted by sbacon
        LOL..Yeah, but how would youlike tobe the guy that has to change a flat? Hello, AAA I have a flat, could you bring the eleventy billion lb jack?
        Just bring a skyhook. No problems!

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        • #5
          BLAIRSVILLE - Preparations are being made to get the Homer City Generating Station’s new transformer off the railroad tracks and ready for the highway as it nears the end of its 750-mile journey from Connecticut.

          The 387-ton transformer arrived Thursday afternoon in Blairsville on a special Schnable railroad car and is parked on a siding near Route 22 near Blairsville. Still under review is an application for a Pennsylvania Department of Transportation permit that is required to move such a superload over highways. It’s not known yet when the road portion of the journey will begin.

          The equipment used to move such a heavy object is also so large and heavy that the components must be trucked to the site and assembled with the help of a crane.

          Riggers from Mammoet USA (pronounced mom-moot), a Dutch company that specializes in solving heavy lifting and transport problems, Thursday used a mobile crane parked alongside Route 22 to assemble the sections of a Goldhofer heavy-transport road trailer.

          “Safety is paramount,” said Braxton Thompson, the Mammoet project superintendent for the transformer move. “Being a leader in this field, we want to maintain that.”

          At the railroad siding, another crew of Mammoet riggers used a smaller crane to move and assemble the pieces of a 500-ton gantry that will straddle the train. When it is in position, the transformer will be unpinned from the front and rear sections of the two-piece Schnable car, and the transformer will be lifted by the gantry while the car is pulled away.

          Thompson said the transformer then will be loaded onto a trailer that will haul it only about 200 yards from the railroad tracks to the wide clear area along Route 22 where it will be moved onto the waiting Goldhofer that will transport it about nine miles to a crushed stone pad built this week near the intersection of Route 119 and Lucerne Road in Center Township.

          Like the Schnable car, the Goldhofer consists of two sections, one that will be in front of, and one that will be behind, the transformer. While on the road, the transformer’s weight will be spread over the Goldhofer’s 80 axles and 160 tires.

          Even the heavy-duty tractor that will tow the Goldhofer is so large that it had to be hauled to Blairsville on a trailer marked with “oversize load” signs.

          The tractor, Thompson said, has enough power to pull 35 tons of dead weight - it can drag something that heavy without wheels.

          When they get out on the highway, the tractor and the two Goldhofer sections with the transformer in between will be more than 300 feet long, Thompson said.

          The superload moving permit will detail the highway route the transformer will travel and the precautions that will be taken to keep other motorists safe. Although PennDOT hasn’t officially approved the route, the route hasn’t been officially approved by PennDOT, it’s expected the transformer will be hauled east on Route 22 and then north on Route 119.

          When the tractor, Goldhofer and transformer reach the stone pad at the Lucerne Road intersection, the transformer will be loaded onto a rail car on the privately-owned Texas & Oklahoma Railroad in Center Township that connects with the Buffalo & Pittsburgh Railroad, used to deliver coal to the generating station.

          The transformer is needed to replace one that failed in January at the station’s Unit 3.

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