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Updated:   08 Dec 2011, 11:00  ET
[Page converted 28 Jul 2011;

    original AT&T Worldnet Website begun 30 May 1996.]
URL:  http://sbiii.com/roadld-4.html
[was at "home.att.net/~Berliner-Ultrasonics/roadld-4.html"]

S. Berliner, III
Consultant in Ultrasonic Processing
"changing materials with high-intensity sound"

[consultation is on a fee basis]

Technical and Historical Writer, Oral Historian
Popularizer of Science and Technology
Rail, Auto, Air, Ordnance, and Model Enthusiast
Light-weight Linguist, Lay Minister, and Putative Philosopher

note - The vast bulk of my massive Web presence (over 485 pages) had been hosted by AT&T's WorldNet service since 30 May 1996; they dropped WorldNet effective 31 Mar 2010 and I had to scramble to transfer everything by then.  Everything's saved but all the links have to be changed, mostly by hand.  See my sbiii.com Transfer Page for any updates on this tedious process.

S. Berliner, III's


Road Load Page 4



Gigantic highway and off-road trucks and trailers

and we mean HEAVY, here!

[similar to railroad Schnabel
and other GIANT railroad freight cars]


NOTE:  Page size on my old AT&T Worldnet site was limited by HTML to some 30kB;
thus, I was forced to add this page in addition to the main Road Load page, et seq..

NOTE:  I regret that some of my internal links refuse to work; if they don't, please click "Back" and scroll.


On the main Road Load page:

        Road/Highway Schnabels - material moved from main RR Schnabel Car page,

        MOVING LOCO #833 (moved to this page 16 Mar 2005)


On the Road Load page 2:


        Road Load Models (moved to that page 01 Mar 05),

        Mammoet Mammoth Road Loads, plus

        just scroll away.

On the Road Load page 3:

        Curved Girders.

        Danly Press {to follow}.

        Miller Transfer Rig.

        Moving Big Muskie's Bucket.

        Road Load Models (moved from cont. page 2 on 01 Mar 05).

        Road Load Miscellany.

        Bay Crane.

On this Road Load Page 4:

        MOVING LOCO #833 (moved from page 2 on 16 Mar 05)

        Moving Big Boy (Loco) #4023.

        Moving Centennial DDA40X (EMD Loco) #6900.

        Oversize Load for MIT.   new.gif (28 Jul 2011)

On the Road Load page 5:

    CRNL Coker to Ft. McMurray
    BIG Ooops! (American Transport in Wyoming).
    Columbia Gorge
    Alberta SAGD Steam Generator

On the main RR Schnabel Car page:

        Scroll away, plus these specifics -

        Schnabel Diagram.

        Schnabel Car Loading Technique.

        Schnabel References.

        Road/Highway Schnabels - moved to that page 16 Mar 00.

On the Schnabel Continuation Page 0:

        36-wheel 880-Ton Schnabel Car(s).

        Mammoet/ETARCO Mammoth Rail Loads.

On the Schnabel Continuation Page 2:

    Scroll away, plus these specifics -

        Model Schnabel and other Giant Cars.

        Schnabel Miscellany.

Something has to lift these giant loads; see Big Cranes.

Jump to SB,III's RAILROAD Pagefor a goodly set of RR links

  and to SB,III's MODEL RAILROAD Page for a goodly set of model RR links (yea, verily, forsooth!).

Highway and Off-Road Variants of
SCHNABEL and other


If this subject interests you, you must also see Tom Daspit's site, linked on page 1!

* - Spelling of the Name:  SCHNABEL vs. SCHNABLE - "Schnabel" is the KORREKT spelling!  It is the German word for "beak", which I originally thought referred to the beak-shaped loading arms, but now know was the name of the German inventor of the design ca. 1930 or so.  I don't know where or when I started using "Schnable", but it was wrong and I don't mind admitting my error.

If I ever find my original CE and Krupp materials (referred to below) and they show "SCHNABLE" (however unlikely), I'll have to correct this back again!

ABB Schnabel Car
ABB Image from R.I.C.A. (see below)
ABB Power Generation, Inc., Schnabel Car with what appears to be a Reactor or Boiler Load.

Then here is the Krupp-built 36-wheel CEBX 800 toting a 35.080m (111' 93/4") reactor vessel on 05 Jan 1991 in Saskatoon, Sasketchewan (Canada); it is a composite panorama made up of six (6) or seven (7) photos:

CEBX 800 Saskatoon 05Jan91
(1991 photos courtesy of Jim Banner - all rights reserved)

These railcars are shown here as teasers; see RR Schnabel Cars, et seq., for more on these rail equivalents of giant road vehicles.

Road/Highway Schnabels



Moving the UP 833 - the following pictures, which I copied from Tom Daspit's site by permission, were posted to alt.binaries.pictures.rail by boj@xmission.com:

        (moved from main Road Loads page on 16 Mar 2005)

"Union Pacific 4-8-4 No. 833 finally made its trip from (Pioneer Park in) Salt Lake City to (the Utah State Railroad Museum in) Ogden on Sunday, February 21, 1999, as planned, by truck.  Newspaper reports variously put the cost of moving the roughly 450,000-pound locomotive and tender at $100,000 and $120,000, apparently funded by a grant from the Utah Legislature."

#833 Move 21Feb99 - pic. 1 #833 Move 21Feb99 - pic. 2 #833 Move 21Feb99 - pic. 3 #833 Move 21Feb99 - pic. 4

#833 Move 21Feb99 - pic. 5 #833 Move 21Feb99 - pic. 6 #833 Move 21Feb99 - pic. 7 #833 Move 21Feb99 - pic. 8
(All photos from alt.binaries.pictures.rail by boj@xmission.com, courtesy of Tom Daspit - Mar 2000)
[Thumbnail images - click on pictures for larger images.]

Sorry, no specific captions on these, but  - hey, who needs captions?

This move is also pictured on page 50 of the June 1999 Railfan & Railroad Magazine, where you can also see the Centipede tender on a giant flat-bed.

Moving Union Pacific Big Boy Locomotive #4023

The Union Pacific Historical Society posted a series of photos by John Bush, Rick Zorko, and Mike Connor, of the incredible move, on 12 and 13 Mar 2005, of one of the units of the world's largest surviving steam locomotives, the UP Railroad's Big Boy 4-8-8-4 #4023, from downtown Omaha's Union Station out 1.8 miles to a bluff opposite Council Bluffs, Iowa, overlooking I-80 at Lauritzen Gardens, primarily known as Omaha's Botanical Center.

Union Pacific announced that Omaha's Kenefick Park, along with its Big Boy steam locomotive and 6900 Centennial diesel locomotive, will be relocated at the southwest point of Lauritzen Gardens (at 100 Bancroft Street), along the riverfront south of downtown.  The park will be highly visible from I-80, welcoming passersby from the East to Nebraska, and is expected to open in late Summer 2005.  Kenefick Park is named after John C. Kenefick, former UP Chairman and CEO, pictured below with Dick Davidson, his successor.

Thanks to the great generosity of the photographers and the courtesy of, and specific written permission from, the UPHS, here are the photos and much of the accompanying text of the UPHS coverage of the move:

(All #4023 move photos property of and © 2005 Union Pacific Historical Society - all rights reserved)





100-ton capacity crane in place to position beams alongside loco for placement on road axles.

4023's tender raised as preparations continue for placement of road wheel assemblies beneath beams.

4023 raised approx. 24" by simultaneous-pressure hydraulic jacks, operated in unison from power "manifold."


When raised further, front truck will be rolled forward, moved separately with tender truck. UP4023-11

Engine raised in preparation for installation of road wheel assemblies.

Pilot truck removed.  Both engine and tender pilot trucks are already off-site.




First two rows of three sets each will provide power movement.  Rear wheels of each set are driven by two electric motors.




Loco has moved out of fenced area, heading to cross UPRR & BNSF main lines

Overall view of the tender waiting to move and the #4023 approaching the dual UPRR and BNSF main lines {photo artificially lightened slightly to show loco and trackage}.

Last Coal train on UPRR main and view of wood roadway across tracks

#4023 moving toward tracks

Tender follows, pulled by a truck tractor.

#4023 moves over UPRR main, but has a problem with the BNSF.
{Understatement of the year! - SB,III}

[We're talking 386 tons (loco) and 213 tons (tender) here
(but those must be with water and coal, though)!]

A broken axle on the third bogie, as the #4023 sits dead across the BNSF main!

Oops!  Rival BNSF's main is closed!
{Could this have been a deliberate plot? - SB,III}

(All #4023 move photos property of and © 2005 Union Pacific Historical Society - all rights reserved)




Union Pacific Chairman and CEO Dick Davidson and Mr. John C. Kennefick watch the move.

Turning a corner.


Wires and traffic signals had to be moved out of the way.

Tender behind {SB,III pun - don't blame the UPHS!}.

Another corner.

Arrival at the park access road.

Starting up the hill.


Assisted by dozers.

Push from the rear.

(All #4023 move photos property of and © 2005 Union Pacific Historical Society - all rights reserved)
View of the new home of Big Boy 4023

That's all, folks!

The BNSF tracks were closed for about eight hours, the first four were as planned (bad enough), but the last four were required to change out the broken wheel set; bet the BNSF was just thrilled (especially as it was rival UP's loco).

Again, I must emphasize, the foregoing material re #4023's move is NOT my work; it is reproduced almost verbatim from the Website of the Union Pacific Historical Society, with photos by John Bush, Rick Zorko, and Mike Connor, by specific written permission.  I can not thank the UPHS and Messrs. Bush, Zorko, and Connor enough for their generosity.

Moving Union Pacific Centennial DDA40X Locomotive #6900

The Union Pacific Historical Society also posted a series of photos by Board Member Mike Connor, of the almost-as-incredible move, on 09 Apr 2005, of one of the units of the world's largest surviving diesel locomotives, the UP Railroad's EMD DDA40X diesel locomotive #6900, from downtown Omaha's Union Station out 1.8 miles to the same bluff opposite Council Bluffs, Iowa, overlooking I-80 at Lauritzen Gardens, primarily known as Omaha's Botanical Center, much as the move of their Big Boy #4023, above.

Thanks to the great generosity of the photographer and the courtesy of, and specific written permission from, the UPHS, here are the photos and much of the accompanying text of the UPHS coverage of this move, as well:

(All #6900 move photos property of and © 2005 Union Pacific Historical Society - all rights reserved)
[Captions by UPHS]
On bogeys near the Amtrak Station



Underside view of bolster and king pin bearing


Truck ready to move

Traction Motor and wires


{no ninth picture on UPHS site}

On the Move April 9, 2005




Ready to turn a corner by cutting across it





Tight fit, curb to curb


At the Gardens, ready to assault one more hill

With a little help from the Cat



(All #6900 move photos property of and © 2005 Union Pacific Historical Society - all rights reserved)
[Captions by UPHS]

Almost Home

Now, all I have to do is find my own awful photos of the two units at the Omaha Station and at Kennefick Park.

Oversize Load for MIT

On 28 Jul 2011, ca. 15:30, what to my wondering eyes should appear but a big load on a Parish rig sitting southbound on Massachusetts Avenue (blocking Fairmont Street) in Arlington, Massachusetts - only two miles from my new home in West Medford!  I had no time for more than this grab shot against the sun with my cell phone:   new.gif (28 Jul 2011)

(28 Jul 2011 photos by and © 2011 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)

What certainly appeared to be a Cambridge police escort (five motorcyles and a squad car) was heading down Mass Ave. from Arlington to Cambridge as I crossed into Cambridge. Once I had time, ca. 16:30, I hotfooted it back and found the rig had been side-lined a block further southeast, just north of Alewife Brook, the Arlington-Cambridge border.  There I got a few more shots with the cell phone:

MITLoad-4 MITLoad-6
Right Front Quarter View || Left Rear Quarter View

MITLoad-2 MITLoad-5
Trailer Rear Axle || Gooseneck

Tucked Against a Tree and No Parking Sign

MITLoad-7 MITLoad-8
Left Front Quarter Views

Unsuccessful View of Parish Logo {damn cell phone!}
{Where is Parish located?  I'm hot on the trail.}
[28 Jul 2011 photos (some cropped and edited) by and © 2011 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved]

They had backed the load up against a small tree to clear the right-hand southbound traffic lane and between Lafayette Street at the rear and a driveway at the front, almost all the way to Boulevard Road.  The load is a boiler up from Texas destined for MIT's (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Central Utilities Plant on Albany Street in east Cambridge, just south of east Somerville and had run afoul of Somerville permitting and was being re-routed through nearby Arlington IN BROAD DAYLIGHT!  It's only 15' high but very wide and just how they proposed to get it through Porter Square onto Broadway or through Harvard Square and on down Mass Ave. sure beats me!   new.gif (28 Jul 2011)

The Cambridge police WERE there to escort the entourage from the Arlington line to MIT but the hand-off failed to materialize because the delay in getting away from Somerville and around into Arlington made it just too late in the day.  I assume (hope!) they waited until after the morning rush hour to head on in.

Thanks to MIT's Department of Faciliities, we now know that the object was a 100,000pph steam boiler built in Arlington, Texas, and had been on the road for a little less than two weeks at the point it was stopped by Somerville.  It was shipped on its side due to overhead clearances along the route.  The weight of the boiler as shipped was 98,700# (not including the truck and trailer).   new.gif (08 Dec 2011)

MIT even had the kindness to send along a photo of the boiler as it was being unloaded on Albany Street:

(photo courtesy of MIT - all rights reserved)
[click on thumbnailed picture for larger image]

Thanks to MIT Facilities for the info. and picture.

See page 1 for related links and references

Here are some of my own site links (12 May 2000):

My own Tractors page, with its links.

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