08 December 2009

Turbine Travel 2.

Main Street Birregurra 7th December.

The two MACK bogies pulling the monster, were supported by another two pushing at the back. All were yoked together with iron rods.
The turbine was suspended in the centre of the trailer, and apparently, when it achieves it's destination, is lowered into place from the trailer, on exactly the correct position.
Origin Energy is behind all of this, and Singapore is behind Origin. Lampson are the freighters - just Guugle image them.
At least 50 people suddenly appeared at 9pm last night at my corner of Warncoort, to watch it turn onto the Princes Highway, and this one admits to the thrill of proximity to a mechanical mastodon.
Please Click-to-enlarge this photo - far left are the lead Mack bogies, just left of centre, for scale, there is a green highway sign partially obscured by the turbine itself, then the 34 rows of eight-wheels before the two rear bogies far right, and pushing the thing toward Camperdown, taking all night for a trip that is 25 minutes in a car.
Can I stress that this pic looks like a stream of traffic but is just one vehicle.
Beyond this pic, there were about 10 support vehicles - one a mobile light sign superfluously saying MASSIVE LOAD.
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  1. Nothing like a big truck. What excitements.

  2. I'd like to see 'em try and get that down my street.

  3. My grandson of two would love this. He loves monster vehicles, trucks, fire engines, dumpsters, you name it anything on heels.

    This is stupendous. Oh to have been there.

  4. That is awesome! Yeah, you couldn't even fit it down my little street.

  5. Dearest Fleetwood, you can't fit down your street.

    It's a wonder they didn't charge for the entertainment.

  6. Where can I get one of scare the beejesus out of my snotty sister who thinks I can actually drive one...

  7. dear MiddleChild - you could probably get one from truck rentals, but be advised of something cityfolks never find out: one tyre costs about $1300 for a truck or tractor.
    That MACK set-up had $1300 x 256 tyres and they were carrying 13 spares.

    I don't wanna think about how you change a flat on it.
    Thanks for your visit!

  8. I pass some pretty big things on my regional travels (well actually the po-lice force you to the verge while big things pass you) but this is several orders of magnitude bigger. V impressive.

  9. Neat. Right past my old neck of the woods too.
    It's a sad indictment of the geelong -> warrnambool railway line that they would've had no chance of using that for at least some of the way.