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Updated:   02 Aug 2011, 19:20  ET
[Page created:  12 May 2000; converted 01 Aug 2011;

    original AT&T Worldnet Website begun 30 May 1996.]
URL:  http://sbiii.com/roadld-2.html
[was at "home.att.net/~Berliner-Ultrasonics/roadld-2.html"]

S. Berliner, III
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Technical and Historical Writer, Oral Historian
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Rail, Auto, Air, Ordnance, and Model Enthusiast
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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 2



Gigantic highway and off-road trucks and trailers

and we mean HEAVY, here!

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

(and it got even more so on 19 Mar 00 - see Moving #833, on page 1!)

NOTE:  Page size was limited by HTML to some 30kB; thus, I was forced to add this page
in addition to the main Road Load page and Road Loads Page 3.

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


On this Road Load Page 2:


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

    Mammoet Mammoth Road Loads, plus

    just scroll away.

On the Road Loads Page 3:

    Danly Press {to follow}.

    Miller Transfer Rig.

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

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.

On the Schnabel Continuation Page 3:

    Miller Transfer Rig.

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



[These images disappeared and I was able to recover most of them on 01 Aug 2011 but I'm not using the blurry, lo-res thumbnails.]

On a hot (90°F) Tuesday noon (09 May 00), having been away for a long weekend, I stopped at my local supermarket (Waldbaum's in Glen Head/Old Brookville, Long Island) for some OJ and milk and saw to my amazement a huge white wall with a brown bottom across the back of the parking lot (first two pictures - north to south), where there should have been lush trees and a highway with cars and trucks!  Waldbaum's Wall?  Closer inspection showed a rounded end to the south (right) so I got up closer and saw a hemispeherical tank end (third picture).  I drove around the lot to the highway (Glen Cove Road) and found this (fourth picture); dashing home for my digital, I returned to shoot these and some 30 shots in all, all of which appear here (and required moving them to this new page!):

Waldbaum's Wall N  Waldbaums Wall S

Lead End Glenwood Tanks - first view
[Wrong thumbnail image showed for third picture - corrected 14 May 00] [Thumbnail images - click on pictures for larger images]
(All photos 09 May 00 by and © 2000 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)

These turned out to be three of six 90,000 gallon (341m3) liquid propane tanks formerly buried underground (in beach sand) at our local LIPA [Long Island Power Authority - formerly LILCO (Long Island Lighting Company)] Glenwood Landing power plant and now being taken off to Claremont, New Hampshire (a small town I happen to know) via the Long Island Expressway, Throgs Neck Bridge, I95, and I91.  They were bought by Bob Armentano, President and CEO of Total Energy Corp. (711 Westchester Avenue, White Plains, New York  10604, 914-682-0181 - www.totalenergy.com), who just happened to be there and was exceedingly helpful and courteous (thanks, Bob).  He buys up old powerplants and similar facilities, reconditions and sells off the equipment, and also does engineering and construction services and some moving (he claims the largest inventory of propane storage tanks in the world).  These particular tanks were buried ca. 1950 and will be reconditioned for resale; they were made for LILCO by the Downington Iron Works and weigh 135,000# (67.5 tons) apiece and measure 134' long by 11' dia. (13' with fitments) and the loads are 14' 11" high, overall.  The missing truck-tractor had broken its rear driveshaft in the sand, extricating the tanks, and was sitting at the site along Shore Road in Glenwood Landing; the hauler is Johnny D. Watkins (tanks and specialized equipment hauling, 301 Benton Street, Sikeston, Missouri  63801, 573-472-0461), another great guy who was also real friendly-like.  They will move the rigs at night; the biggest road loads ever to transit New York City.

Walking the string from south to north (left to right), I took long views and details:

Glwd Tanks 02  Glwd Tanks 03

Glwd Tanks 04  Glwd Tanks 05

More along the string walking north (left to right and a long shot looking south:

Glwd Tanks 06  Glwd Tanks 07

Glwd Tanks 08  Glwd Tanks 09

An even longer shot looking south and then shots of the rigging underneath walking the string back south (from the tail end to the lead end); note the many ingenious and varied saddles and fifth wheels (no two alike, it seems):

Glwd Tanks 10  Glwd Tanks 11

Glwd Tanks 12  Glwd Tanks 13

More underbody shots towards the head end:

Glwd Tanks 14  Glwd Tanks 15

Glwd Tanks 16  Glwd Tanks 17

Shots of the nose of the lead tank from the southwest and the southeast and then over to the Glenwood Landing site and, lo and behold, there's Johnny Watkins, his equally strapping son, Cory, and crew, and the disabled cab-over; and, lastly, the villain of the piece:

Glwd Tanks 18  Glwd Tanks 19

Glwd Tanks 23  Glwd Tanks 24

Lastly, here are the other tanks (the second picture is of some "smaller" tanks not involved in this operation, possibly 30,000 gallon 70' 9" x 105"D tanks from ACF), still in the ground or out and awaiting transport:

Glwd Tanks 25  Glwd Tanks 26

Glwd Tanks 27 

Glwd Tanks 29
[Thumbnail images - click on pictures for larger images]
(All photos 09 May 00 by and © 2000 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)

These are BIG tanks (well, LONG, anyway)!   I probably wouldn't have dwelt on them so much had they not been in my backyard.  Thanks again, Bob and Johnny!

Johnny tells me that what look like white fiberglass bands around the tanks in my photos are actually the regular welded-on saddle bands, which had to be painted before shipment.

The middle tank was moved ca. 10 May and, as of 09:00, 12 May 00, the unrepaired COE had been moved up from the beach and was parked behind the third tank.  Well, I stopped by ca. 15:30 on 14 May 00 and there were all three tractors and a service vehicle so I swung around and pulled in and there were Johnny, Cory, and the crew working away in the shade of a convenient tree; they'd already replaced the rear driveshaft and were busily working away on the clutch.  Seems like traction in beach sand is rough on more than just shafts; the clutch was a mess!  The new clutch was in and Permatex or Form-A-Gasket (or whatever) was being smeared on the newly-scraped bell housing when I left.  The second tank is currently up in Yonkers (Johnny said the people in the Bronx went wild when the monster rig ran through the area) and another goes up 15 May around 01:00; when all six are up there together, a road convoy will head up I95 and I91 to Claremont, NH.

As of around 22:00 on 16 May 00, the lead tank and tractor were gone and as of 17:00 on 17 May 00, the COE and third tank were still parked by the roadside here.  It was still there a few days later, hooked to the COE and spray painted number "5" (on the left side, over the lead bogie) and, in turn, departed ca. 21 May after one of the standard tractors showed up parked in front of the COE and being worked on by Cory and the Watkins crew (another shaft job? - I didn't have time to stop - only honked and we waved).  There was no trace of anything along the highway at mid-day 22 May, but one big tank was above ground and two still in the sand at the Glenwood Landing site (still true 17:00, 15 Jun 00).
(Errata - I had previously reported that there were only two tanks left, one up on the sand and one in the ground but closer inspection 25 May 00 showed that there were actually two still down in the sand behind the one that was up.)

Above, I refer to and show "some 'smaller' tanks not involved in this operation, possibly 30,000 gallon 70' 9" x 105"D tanks from ACF"; well, as of mid-Oct 00, they are on their way as well.  Ca. 12 Oct 00 (I forgot to note the actual day), I spotted one of the "smaller" tanks out of the ground and up on a 3-axle low-boy, sitting behind a truck tractor in the sand behind the fence (against the setting sun):

Glnwd Tanks 3  Glnwd Tanks 1

Perhaps because these are a lighter, smaller load, the tractor is from a different outfit, Proud Mary Trucking Inc., dba Stagecoach Express, McCleansville, North Carolina, 800-225-9190.

Finding gaps in the fence or shooting through the chain link gave these:

Being smaller and lighter, they can go on a flatbed, instead of being dollied, but they are local and of sufficient interest to me that I documented a bit of the move by shooting these outside the fence on Shore Road on the evening of 16 Oct 00:

  Glnwd Sm Tanks 9

[Thumbnail images where boxed - click on pictures for larger images]

(All photos Oct 00 by and © 2000 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)

Road Load Models - moved to
Road Load cont. page 3 on 01 Mar 05.

(Dutch for Mammoth)

Mammoet/ETARCO/van Seumeren

(see Schnabel Railroad Car Continuation Page 0 for an explanation of the merger of the Mammoet/ETARCO/van Seumeren companies and what it means for Schnabel and other heavy railcars and loads.  They will be known as MAMMOET.

Suffice it for this page to simply state that they are all top dogs in heavy lift and heavy loads!  Here are some representative operations of their heavy road load capabilities, starting with the C2 Splitter (not otherwise identified on their home page) and what appears to be that 174-ton generator for Fort McMurray, Alberta (seen on the RR Schnabel page on a 12-axle railcar):

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Next, a transporter with 416 wheels moving a 205 ton turbine during "Spring Ban" load restrictions across the 1150 foot long Athabasca River Bridge to Suncor at Fort McMurray, Alberta, and a 320 ton nuclear reactor at Tracey, Quebec:

Here is a 400 ton demethanizer tower moved on double-wide bolstered transporters to Nova Chemicals in Joffre, Alberta:

Now, we have one of two 720 ton reactors being moved on an 18-line double-wide Scheuerle transporter from Edmonton to Scotford, Alberta:

This is a set of complete piperack module assemblies up to 500 tons being moved into final position using 2x12 line self-propelled transporters:

Here's a 1,300 ton historic coal tower being relocated at Toronto:

Finally, here are three unidentified, but impressive loads, the last of which appears to be on one of those 2x12 line self-propelled transporters:

(All photos from ETARCO site - all rights reserved
some have been enhanced or cropped.)

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Many of these loads are also seen on RR Schnabel cars at Mammoet/ETARCO.

Other German RR schnabel units have their road versions, notably (and currently) the road version of DB Uaai #687.0/838 (a 24-axle rail unit); both versions are shown in incredible detail on Tom Daspit's site at #687.0 and #838, (from Michael Baier's fantastic German-language RR site).

The above meaning of "MiBa" is correct as used here, but it is also the name of a German model RR magazine, Miniaturmodellbahnen!

To start my new year off right, comes one Nick Falconer of England with large and monster HO road load models by Nigel Arnold; well worth your while in spite of rapacious adverts.

On my own, I ran across the term "MAFI" in relation to container freight and checked it out; guess how heavy loads get from the erecting floor to trailers or railcars?  MAFI Transport-Systeme GmbH of Tauberbischofshein, Germany (just north of Stuttgart), where they have an English version; take a look!

Ooooh!  Starting the new year off wrong!  A serious error in judgement or routing occurred on I-44 in Missouri; some driver's in baaaaad trouble!  This startling coverage of a road-load-and-bridge disaster has been moved to Road Loads page 3.

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.

I did not intend to get into heavy trucks, per se, but spotted this six-axle big rig s/b on I-95 at the NY/CT border on 02 Mar 01(it stopped for a bridge job only a few miles south) and popped a shot through a wet, dirty windhshield at speed (very low speed)!  I could swear the company name was Underbridge Equipment or some such but can't find a listing for them.  Multi-axled rigids like this are common in Michigan but I don't recall ever seeing one here in the NY-metro area:

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