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Updated:  27 Dec 2014; 22:15 ET
[Page created:  15 Feb 2012;

    original AT&T Worldnet Website begun 30 May 1996.]
URL:  http://sbiii.com/roadld-6.html

S. Berliner, III
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[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.

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Road Load Page 6



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 was limited by HTML to some 30kB; thus, I was forced to add pages
in addition to the main Road Load page, et seq.
It seems prudent to keep this up.

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 Road Loads page 4 (on sbiii.com) 16 Mar 2005

On the Road Load page 2:

Road Load Models (moved to this page 01 Mar 2005),
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 2005).
Road Load Miscellany.
Bay Crane.

On the Road Load page 4:

Moving Big Boy (Loco) #4023.

On the Road Load page 5:

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

On this Road Load Page 6:

Even More Road Load Miscellany.
Flip-overs   new.gif (25 Mar 2014)

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 this 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 Page for 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


Even More Road Load Miscellany

Arizona Highways   new.gif (15 Feb 2012)

Who needs that great travel magazine when one has a savvy sister and brother-in-law living out there?  These rigs were convoying and were spotted by my far-flung family on the highway near Kartchner Caverns (north of Bisbee) on 11 and 12 Feb 2012.  My sister's helpful total background info. was "Multi-axle load" and the pic. was taken on the 11th!  At least she didn't just say it was "white and blue":

11 Feb 2012 picture by and courtesy of P. B. Ottens - all rights reserved)

My brother-in-law caught the other rig the next day and advised that it was a "10-axle by 2 wide (80 tires) truck with a 380,000 pound gross turbine pallet", parked beside the transformer load my sister pictured the day before (there it is in the background, over the gooseneck and hood in the first shot and over the rear in the second).  "It is moved by two big tractors, one pull and one push.":

12 Feb 2012 picture by and courtesy of P. D. Ottens - all rights reserved)

12 Feb 2012 picture by and courtesy of P. D. Ottens - all rights reserved)

What he made up for in provenance, he lost in cell-phone clarity but I'm grateful to both of 'em!  Sure looks like they both missed a big Emmert road Schnabel at the far left in the background of the first 12 Feb shot, though.

My brother-in-law is at it again - he spotted these two big rigs in Willcox, Arizona, on 02 May 2013:   new.gif (03 May 2013)

02 May 2013 picture by and courtesy of P. D. Ottens - all rights reserved)
[Click on thumbnailed picture for larger image.]

Two rigs - one block!  My guess - they're running wind turbine column, head, and blade loads.

Flip-overs - elsewhere on these pages, I decry my inability to find pictures of the central Texas back-road multi-axle flip of ca. 1970 but this one will sure do!  It's a video of a rubber-t(i)(y)red wreck in Brazil that you can actually watch in progress!   new.gif (25 Mar 2014)


As a teaser, here's a screen shot I grabbed:

(cropped screenshot by SB,III - all rights reserved)

Oopsies, indeed!  Did anyone ever hear of such a thing as "center of gravty"?  The sidewalk superintendants had a ball on this job!

I asked my wife to translate the Portuguese text accompanyng the video:

"A large carrier, with a piece from a cement factory with excessive height, was coming from Pecem to Rio Grande do Norte.  It couldn't pass under the pedestrian bridge and was detoured to a lateral street.  The carrier overturned and it just missed causing a grave accident.  Nobody was hurt; it only caused material damages."

he road [Pecem is an Atlantic port (near Fortaleza) and Rio Grande do Norte is some 390km (245 road miles) SE along the far eastern tip of Brazil
(I think I may have found the cylinder, via satellite, ¾-mi. east of the far west end of Rio Grande do Norte).]

Miles and miles and miles (of tires, that is)!

There's always this classic flip; a 44-wheeler that tipped over in Fanwood/Scotch Plains, NJ, on 16 Jun 2009 while attempting a right turn coming down the bridge with a 240,000 pound diesel turbine:   new.gif (26 Mar 2014)

(cropped screenshot by SB,III - all rights reserved)

You can watch it being righted (VERRRRY carefully) at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DGVlvIFjUhc.  Look closely as something falls off onto the grass on the right at 2:39 and you'll see the load suddenlty shift on the trailer at 2:40.

There's nothing terribly unique about shipping a huge demethanizer cylinder over the road except when it's supposedly the largest load ever moved through Oklahoma; here it is in Oct 2014:   new.gif (27 Dec 2014)


Northwest Logistics Heavy Haul moved the device from the Exterran Company in Broken Arrow, which built it, to a gas processing plant in Fort Lupton, Colorado.  The demethanizer is 186' long, 11' in diameter, and weighs 535,600 pounds (267¾ tons).  The rig stretches 427' with a total weight of 1,192,000 pounds (596 tons) and with four trucks, two pulling and two pushing.

An identical load was shipped on an identical rig1:


That 2013 move was from Idaho to the Fort Lupton plant and took 21 days, crossing two mountain ranges; it was this picture that REALLY caught my eye.

    1 - That is NOT an identical rig, however!

See page 1 for related links and references

Here are some of my own site links (12 May 00):

My own Tractors page, with its links.

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