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06-22-2010 03:13 AM

Topic tags/keywords: interesting modern movers virginia

You all have to check this out.

Can you imagine this coming through a bunch of small towns to get where it has to be.

June 21, 2010
Expect traffic delays beginning June 24 through early July between Ewing
and Virginia City

BRISTOL – An oversized tractor trailer carrying a generator to the
coal-fired power plant under construction at Virginia City is scheduled
to make its way to Virginia Thursday, June 24 (weather permitting). The
transport began in Knoxville, Tenn., June 19.

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), the Virginia
Department of Motor Vehicles, Virginia State Police, the transportation
company Barnhart and their contractors are coordinating the move and
developing a schedule that minimizes impact to drivers, local businesses
and residents as much as possible.

The oversized load is over 365-feet-long, 22-feet-wide and 600 tons, one
of the largest to travel through the state. Included in the caravan for
the oversized load will be certified pilot cars and Virginia State
Police escorts for traffic control.

Following is the route the transport will take through Virginia. Due to
the July Fourth Holiday, the transport will not move from July 2 and 6
a.m. until July 5 at 9 p.m. Travel will take place during nighttime
hours between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. unless noted otherwise:

- Cumberland Gap to Ewing on Route 58.

- Ewing to Jonesville on Route 58.

- Jonesville to Pennington Gap on Alternate Route 58

- Pennington Gap to Dryden area on Alternate Route 58

- Dryden area to just west of Big Stone Gap on Alternate Route

- Alternate Route 58 through Big Stone Gap to the base of Powell
Mountain on Route 23

- Base of Powell Mountain on Route 23 to the top of Powell
Mountain near Route 610. Traffic will be diverted to the southbound
lanes of Route 23 to allow transport in the northbound lanes – transport
time undetermined.

- Route 23 at top of Powell Mountain to near the former Wal-mart
at Norton on Alternate Route 58

- Alternate Route 58 at Norton to just east of Coeburn

- Alternate Route 58 just east of Coeburn to St. Paul

- Alternate Route 58 from St. Paul to Virginia City

Motorists should be alert to significant delays while the load is being
transported. Information about the transport operation will be posted
on Virginia’s 511 travel information system, which is available by
dialing 511 or on the Web at
<http: /> . (END)

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#1 posted 06-22-2010 03:25 AM

Holy smokes! Do you live near it to get pictures as it rolls by….and rolls by…..and rolls by.

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#2 posted 06-22-2010 03:51 AM

All the alternate routes listed publicly? They’re just asking for a terrorist ambush! Public officials don’t watch Die Hard movies enough.

I’m reminded of one of the engineering disasters covered in one of the freshman engineering courses. They were hauling a gas turbine to a power plant, and less than a mile from the plant they had to cross train tracks. This thing was massive, with a large tractor pulling it and a second pushing. One of the police escorts crossed the rails to make sure they were clear, then came back for the trucks, and they started across. However, the trucks were SLOW to accelerate, and by the time they were 1/4 of the way across, a train was on the way! 90 ton generator t-boned by a diesel train; not pretty.

-- ~Mark

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#3 posted 06-22-2010 04:26 AM

I recall reading, in of all places an old Reader’s Digest, of an enormous load on a tractor trailer. It could do no more than 5 mph, and had a permit for 200,000 lbs. State Police became suspicious when they saw the load, because of the enormous number of wheels under the trailer, all mounted on some sort of caster design. The load, some huge piece of machinery, weighed in at 585,000 lbs. Jeez, this load you speak of is more than twice that!

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#4 posted 06-22-2010 04:45 AM

At $2.00 a pound for each pound over the permit. How would you like to pay that ticket? lol How to go out of business in a flash.

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#5 posted 06-22-2010 05:41 AM

I read about one like m88K story. But, in this case the trach had a crest with the road lower on eqch side. When they tried to crass the track it became high centered and ground to as halt. It didn’t move until the train hit it.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#6 posted 06-22-2010 05:59 AM

Near where I lived one summer they was moving a two story house and when they got it on the tracks realized they had more power lines to lift. So there was a few people on top of the house hold up power lines ( I suppose with fiber glass poles ) When of course the train came. They said there was people jumping off the house and running all kinds of directions. Train went right through it. I was the area the next day. Big pieces was gone but there was about a zillion tooth picks still there. Train engineer was interview in the paper ” Engineers keep track of the cars/trucks they have hit. I Got a house” He was rather proud.

To bad that was before the near ubiquitous video cameras. That would have bee interesting to see a train go through.


-- That was not wormy wood when I started working on it.

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#7 posted 06-22-2010 06:06 AM

Now i live near the main line through Southern Idaho farm country and about every other year someone gets hit on it around here. For a number of years I was driving a truck that had the front bumper from a truck that got hit and the driver killed. The brakes on the truck I was driving never did like to stay in adjustment. Thought that bumper was trying to get #2. I put 100,000+ farm use miles on that truck in about 7 years. And probably about 15,000 + loads. It is now setting in the bone yard. I visited it last saturday. LOL

-- That was not wormy wood when I started working on it.

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#8 posted 06-22-2010 03:26 PM

I worked on Power Plants for 30 years and I never saw a 365 ft long generator much less shipped in one piece. Must have been a misprint.

-- Life is good.

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#9 posted 06-22-2010 04:16 PM

Here is an update.

There is a story in the paper today along with a photo of this thing. According to the paper, it is 23 feet wide and 225 foot long (including the hauling rig) and weighs 640 tons. That sounds a lot more believable than the 325 feet long, but it did go from 600 tons to 640 tons.

Howie – The photo shows the generator as one piece. I may try to scan it later so I can post it. But I will be shooting it when it comes through town for sure. The article says that it is moving at a “brisk” 8 to 10 mph. It has a long way to go to arrive at its destination.

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#10 posted 06-22-2010 05:33 PM

I saw a trailer hauling the biggest machine tool I have seen.

It was an articulated trailer, 5 pieces altogether . Tractor, a swiveling section, the trailer the machine was on, another swivel, and a caboose looking thing with a driver . Tiller steer, like the big fire trucks.

The machine itself was at least 100’ long.

The whole convoy was escorted by the Ohio State Patrol on I -71.

I wish cell phone cameras had been around back then.

-- My reality check bounced...

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#11 posted 06-22-2010 05:37 PM

I’ve seen these big shovels etc moved across highways before,not down the highway. I was involved with moving a piece of equipment for an experimental clean coal plant that weighted 1400 tons(by river).
Who knows,maybe I’ll learn something. Even at 225 feet,that is a very long generator. These things are precision equipment and usually fitted together in sections and very delicately balanced.
I used to live in that part of Virginia(Lebanon and also worked at Cleveland) and I didn’t think there was 365 feet of straight road anywhere <g>

-- Life is good.

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#12 posted 06-22-2010 05:56 PM

You are exactly right Howie. They’re going to have to make it through a lot of 90 degree turns. And some maybe even more. They say they have been planning the move for about six months. I had to shoot a two-story house being moved down our main street. Man, that was a weird sight, but this is really going to be something.

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#13 posted 06-22-2010 07:12 PM

poopiekat: I remember reading that article . If I remember correctly when they were going to move the trailer out of the rest area the local sheriff said not on my roads. Further, these people went as far as Washington to try and get permission only to find out that the local sheriff had jurisdiction and they could not over rule him. He finally let the movers move to a RR about a mile away and that’s how they got rid of it. When the cop saw the trailer the driver (who had made a pit stop) took off and never was found!
Correct me if I’m wrong. (G)

-- Life is good.

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#14 posted 06-22-2010 07:29 PM

Nobody watches Massive Moves on DIY network?

shopgurl – that looks like something from a Sci Fi movie!

-- Greg D.

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#15 posted 06-22-2010 07:37 PM

GregD: All massive moves are carefully planned and orchestrated. For the guys involved with them,they are an everyday thing. TV adds the drama.

-- Life is good.

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