How to move 1.98 Million Pounds. That’s a BIG LOAD! No mention of what gas mileage on the trucks towing.
For the past few weeks, a “super heavy” load has been making its way from Hardeeville SC , enroute to Boiling Springs NC . It is a large electric generator destined for a clean coal power plant. The generator weighs in at 1.98 million pounds and isn’t something you just jump on an interstate freeway with and truck it on down the road.
In order to support such a load without destroying every inch of road you travel, the weight has to be widely distributed. You also have to travel back roads so that day to day commerce isn’t completely disrupted along your route. After all….. your top speed on level ground is less than 20 mph and this drops to as little as 1.5 mph on grades and slopes. Rush hour traffic traffic on an interstate would soon be solidly backed up to the state lines in both directions.
The load then had to negotiate the 90° turn seen in the photo. This had to be done while keeping all 338 tires solidly on paved surfaces. Note that each axle is steerable so it’s only a little less exacting than a tap dancing centipede, but an on board computer system has things well in hand. It doesn’t fully control the action since there is a “driver” in the chain of command. Here the action as begun and the lead tractors are making their initial turn.
Here is a shot of one of the two “Drivers” The computer might tell the all wheels how much to turn, but this guy tells the computer when to do it and how much at a time. He’s apparently pretty durable since the dawn temperature was a chilling 25° as he began his ride.