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Updated:   02 Jul 2011, 18:00  ET
{restored missing image - 10 Jan 03}
[Page created 29 Jul 2002; converted 02 Aug 2011;

    original AT&T Worldnet Website begun 30 May 1996.]
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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 3



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 29 Jul 02 - see Miller Transfer, below!)

This site has now been visited times since the counter was installed.

NOTE:  Page size is limited by HTML to some 30kB; thus, I am 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 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 05),
    Mammoet Mammoth Road Loads, plus
    just scroll away.

On this 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.
    W. J. Casey.

On the Road Load page 4 (on sbiii.com):
    Moving Big Boy (Loco) #4023.

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


Hoo, boy!  I got back (16 Jun 00) from a run to Ohio and guess what I found on the way out at a weigh station (actually, filling a weigh station from one end to the other) on Route I-70 westbound on 11 Jun 00?  A gigantic Danly press on a Trans National Freight Systems Heavy Haulage Division BIG flatbed - pix and details to follow (when I find the photos, now that I have a flatbed scanner).

I had completely forgotten for a year that on 19 Jul 01 at ~17:30, rolling along s/b at the prescribed 65 per on Route 83N some 45 miles south of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, I barely had time to pull over and slam to a stop, panicking my German passengers, who were kind enough to wait while I jumped out and shot this rig:

Miller Transfer rig
(Cropped from 19 Jul 01 photos by and © Copyright 2001 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)

That's a BIG Miller Transfer & Rigging Co. low-boy parked alongside the road, probably awaiting escort and light traffic hours.  I didn't have time to take more detailed photos and couldn't back up far enough to get the whole rig in a single shot, even with a wide-angle lens!  With the tractor, that's 19 axles!; Miller's Special Projects - Superloads page says they can "ship cargo weighing over one million pounds".

DHS Diecast Collectables, Inc., of Berea, Ohio, (see below) offers a similar* rig in 1:48 from Hartsmith Models (England), Miller Transfer Trailer SMT320-MILLER, with either an SMF-217-MILLER 8x4 or SMB-217SL-MILLER 6x4 Kenworth T800 Heavy Duty Tractor (these are NOT inexpensive models).  Here's their picture of the real thing doing its thing!

Miller Transfer rig (DHS)
(photo from and © Copyright 1999 DHS Diecast Collectables, Inc. - all rights reserved)

* - Note the different location of the trailing cab, just for example.

As I noted on the RR Schnabel pages, one really-big road monster tipped over on a sharp curve on a country road in Texas ca. 1980 or so - photos showed a veritable sea of tires in the air!  Oh, how I'd love to find a photo of that disaster!


Ooooh!  Starting the new year (2002) off wrong!  My ever-lovin' sister knowingly sent this gem (21 Jan 02)!  But she sent it because my brother-in-law, a Civil Engineer with a major bridge builder, and I went at it tooth and nail many years ago about curved girders (vs. segmental tangent girders); little did she realize what caused the curvature or the strong dual interest it evoked in me (she sure does, now).  Ohmygawd!  This occurred on I-44 in Missouri; some driver's in baaaaad trouble!

[This startling coverage of a road-load-and-bridge disaster was moved here from Road Loads page 2.]

Curved Girder I-44 MO

This photo was wiped out by AT&T and my backup was overwritten;
I was trying to recover it - HURRAH!  SUCCESS!
(You can readily see why I am so elated.)

It was probably a dispatchers fault, but it's always the driver who has final responsibility (and who gets it you-know-where!).  Bet that snarled things for a good bit!

This occurred at 19:34 on 29 Sep 2001 at the Route MM (Millcreek Road) interchange at Lebanon, mile post 130, when a trucker from Enid, OK, pulling an over-dimension 32' long 60,000# tank slammed into the girders, necessitating demolishing and replacing the bridge.

I did get this other photo, but it's not as dramatic:

Curved Girder I-44 MO

However, thanks to the specific courtesy of the Lebanon (Missouri) Daily Record, here are two more, far more dramatic shots of the accident:

Curved Girder I-44 MO 1 Curved Girder I-44 MO 2
(Photos courtesy of Lebanon Daily Record - all rights reserved)

Much as I appreciate these two additional photos, I was sure glad to recover that overall side view!

Moving Big Muskie's Bucket

Thanks to Blake Malkamaki, from whose Big Muskie site I have his specific written permission to reproduce these great shots, here is the move of Big Muskie's bucket.  Big Muskie WAS the world's largest dragline excavator [a 1969 model 4250-W Bucyrus-Erie dragline (the only one ever built)] until all the efforts of Blake and his friends could not avail and AEP scrapped her!  However, the bucket was saved and had to be moved to a final "Memorial Site" (Miners' Memorial Park) off I78 near McConnelsville, Ohio, and therein lies the tale pictured here:

Big Muskie bucket side
(all Muskie bucket photos courtesy B. Malkamaki - all rights reserved)
{Thumbnail images - click on pictures for larger images.}
Loaded and ready to roll!

Big Muskie bucket smokin'
Strainin' and smokin' even on the level.

Big Muskie bucket uphill
Strainin' and smokin' cresting a hill.

Big Muskie bucket WOW
Blake titled this photo: "WOW"; need I say more?

Big Muskie bucket lt rear
Left rear view in the rain; don't slip on me, now, Baby!

Big Muskie bucket steep
Telephoto lens or no, that's a STEEP hill; I doubt those plank chocks would have done
much good if they'd been really needed!

Big Muskie bucket park
(all Muskie bucket photos courtesy B. Malkamaki - all rights reserved)
{Thumbnail images - click on pictures for larger images.}
Picked up, plonked down, and pickup!

Just for your edification, the bucket holds 220 cubic yards (equivalent to a 12 car garage) and could lift 325 tons; its empty weight is 230 tons!  The monster machine could move along ponderously on hydraulically-actuated walking feet and could swing this bucket (at 550 tons gross!) 600 feet away and measured 151½' wide (like an 8-lane highway)!

Noble County, in the coal-bearing hills of southeastern Ohio, has a great series of pages on Big Muskie, herself!

Road Load Models

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

[For models of rail equivalents, see Model Schnabel and other Giant Cars.]

Speaking of models and Schnabels and such, Kibri in Germany makes a wide range of Scheuerle and similar giant road vehicles in HO scale.

[The Kibri Website:  auf Deutsch and in English.]

Here is a Kibri heavy hauler with a tubular load; although an HO-scale kit, I picked it up ready-made and slightly shop-worn in a hobby shop in Hannover, Germany.  It is missing the rear bunk but is otherwise almost complete and I keep it on an 89' TT flat for scaling.

Kibri HO Heavy hauler
(photo by and © 2000 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)

And here's an even longer version from the Scheuerle site:

Scheuerle Trailer
(photo from the Scheuerle site)

A Web friend who supplied photos of the M65 Atomic Cannon moving through a German village also sent these images, a DB (German Railways) photo and diagram of the LS 250, a powered 10-axle road companion to a DB Schnabel railcar:

DB LS 250 10-axle photo & diagram (LS 250 photo and diagram from DB)

These remind me that I have squirreled away somewhere a whole slew of never-attempted Kibri HO models based on this same Scheuerle design, which I bought while in that same Hannover hobby shop and never even started because of the tedium of assembling the endless sea of roadwheels!  Scheuerle makes the prototypes on a modular concept, powered and trailed, and there is almost no limit to the permutations and combinations (there are, however, limits to the number of versions Kibri offers and to my wallet and patience!).

Kibri came out with an HO model of a road version of DB Uaai #687.9 [their #16502, a 20-axle {2x(5+5)} unit]:

Kibri Road Ver. of 16502 Uaai 687.9
(Photo courtesy of T. Daspit - all rights reserved)

Märklin brought out their HO #18820 Scheurle type LS 250 28-axle dual road tractor set, the "Heuler" ("Howler") (in DB Cargo red), to carry the trafo load from their HO #48295 Uai 839 Schnabel rail car on the highway:

Märklin Scheuerle LS 250
(Slightly retouched from photo courtesy of P. Ziegler - all rights reserved)

Märklin gave me specific permission to post their images of the #48295 car and #18820 LS 250:

Märklin 48295 HO Uai 839 32-axle Schnabel Car

Märklin 18820 HO Scheuerle LS 250
(Photos courtesy of and © Märklin USA by special written permission 01 Feb 2005 - all rights reserved)

I couldn't very well let those two separate images just sit there, now could I?  I trust Märklin will forgive me this melded image:

Märklin Scheuerle LS 250 with Load
(Image created 01 Mar 2005 by S. Berliner, III from photos courtesy of and © Märklin USA - all rights reserved)

  [There is major coverage of the LS 250 models on the Schnabel page 2.]

Road Load Miscellany

From across the pond comes STG (The Specialist Transport Group) with some wondrous photos; here's a sample - 124 tons worth of wheels, wheels, and more wheels:

STG 124 ton Trailer
(Photo from STG site)

Next, I got a notice from Paul Bowers, of Piping Design Central in Montréal, that he is discontinuing his own site and offering me his pictures, so, here they are in no particular order (the first two were scanned from color xerographic images, resulting in the strange moiré effect):







(all photos courtesy P. Bowers)
[All but first two are thumbnail images; click on pictures for larger images]

Some of these images are Paul's, of jobs where he did the piping, and some are from Cloutier-Powney and Associates, structural engineers, also in Montréal.

Will you just look at the prestress in the picture of a vessel being loaded!

At first glance, that second-to-last picture looked like the Miller unit, above (it's not) and the last is actually Paul's background tile (wallpaper image) and I found that image so interesting (it's a HUGE, empty road schnabel) that I show it here and will shortly show the unaltered original (moiré pattern and all!).

I have now collected all of Paul's images; they are HUGE!  I'm working on paring them to fit (there is actually a limit to how much bandwidth I'll give any subject), but here's a heavily-moiréd preview:

(photo courtesy P. Bowers)

DHS Diecast Collectables, Inc., of Berea, Ohio (noted above), has a large line of domestic and imported models of heavy-duty tractors, trailers, and cranes.

Paul Bowers also sent along this link 23 Dec 2004:

"International Heavy Lift and Transport Page";

it's well worth your while to have a look.

Bay Crane

We have a major heavy hauler and rigger right here on Long island, Bay Crane, with an office in Nassau County at 389 New South Road, Hicksville, New York  11801, 516-937-1523 (and one in New York City:  11-02 43rd Avenue, Long Island City, NY 11101, 718-392-0800).

They have done some really neat work locally, including hoisting our own ex-Long Island Rail Road steam locomotive #35.

In mid-October 2003, Bay Crane rigged a huge transformer for Corona, Queens County (in New York City), on 19 axles, and was kind enough to send me these pictures:

Bay Crane Corona 19

Bay Crane Corona 15

Bay Crane Corona 11
(all photos courtesy Bay Crane - all rights reserved)

These are in no particular order; I hope to get more information.

W. J. Casey

Another major NY Metro area heavy hauler and lifter is W. J. Casey Trucking & Rigging Co. Inc. of Branchburg, New Jersey, crane, rigging, and transport specialists since 1900.

ClassicWJCTruck1 ClassicWJCTruck2
(all photos courtesy W. J. Casey - all rights reserved)

Founded by William James Casey, Sr., down on Bergen Street in Brooklyn, New York, the company did well, passing from W. J., Sr. to W. J., Jr.  Unfortunately, W. J., Jr. died early and the company was in limbo from 1952 to 1954, when the Biondi family bought it and moved it to Newark, New Jersey.

(all photos courtesy W. J. Casey - all rights reserved)

Since that time, W. J. Casey kept growing, moving to Union, New Jersey, in 1975, and then to Branchburg in 2004, where it continues growing, guided by the third generation of Biondis.

(all photos courtesy W. J. Casey - all rights reserved)
[click on thumbnailed photo for larger picture]

Look at all that heavy haul equipment!

Pictures of some equipment and projects from the Casey site, by specific written permission, for which I am very grateful, follow:

General Electric Generator
Con Edison 14th Street Station - New York, NY:

(all photos courtesy W. J. Casey - all rights reserved)
[click on thumbnailed photo for larger picture]

Gross Weight: 710,000Lbs. (322,050 Kg.)
Loaded Dims: 125' L x 17'6" W x 20' H (38.1m x 5.3 m x 6.1 m)
Transport Equipment: (1) Kenworth Prime Mover with CWT. and 16 Lines Goldhofer THP/SL

Public Utility Transformer
Discharge from ACL Vessel:

(all photos courtesy W. J. Casey - all rights reserved)
[click on thumbnailed photo for larger picture]

Gross Weight: 570,000 Lbs. (258,548 Kg)
Loaded Dims: 95' L x 13 W x 18' H (28.9m x 3.9m x5.4m)
Equipment: (1) Kenworth 548CH Prime Mover with CWT. (1) 10 Line Goldhofer THP/SL

Air Separation Plant - Ontario, Canada, to Delta, Ohio
Gross Weight: 800,350 Lbs. (363,032 Kg):

(all photos courtesy W. J. Casey - all rights reserved)
[click on thumbnailed photo for larger picture]

Loaded Dims: 235' L x 21' W x 20' H (71.6m x 6.4m x 6.1m)
Transport Equipment: (1) Kenworth 548CH Prime Mover with CWT. (1) 12 Line Goldhofer THP/SL
and (1) 12 Line Cometto HST

Public Utility Transformer
Crane Load - Transport - Jack & Slide Off Load:

(all photos courtesy W. J. Casey - all rights reserved)
[click on thumbnailed photo for larger picture]

Gross Weight: 413,000 Lbs. (187,333 Kg)
Loaded Dims: 110' L x 12' W x 17' H (33.5m x 3.6m x 5.1m)
Transport Equipment: (1) Kenworth Prime Mover with CWT.
and (1) 4-Bridge-4 Goldhofer THP/SL

Pedestrian Walkway Section
Williamsburg Bridge - New York, NY:

(all photos courtesy W. J. Casey - all rights reserved)
[click on thumbnailed photo for larger picture]

Gross Weight: 320,000Lbs. (144,960Kg.)
Loaded Dims: 120' L x 28' W x 20' H (36.4m x 8.5 m x 6.1 m)
Transport Equipment: (1) Kenworth Prime Mover with CWT.
and (2) 4 Line Goldhofer THP/SL with Bolsters

W. J. Casey also does heavy lifting; two of their biggest mobile cranes are their 500-ton Liebherr LTM 1400.7 and 186-ton Liebherr LTM 1150/1:

(all photos courtesy W. J. Casey - all rights reserved)
[click on thumbnailed photos for larger pictures]

Moving Big Boy (Loco) #4023

The Union Pacific Historical Society posted a series of photos 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 to a park in the suburbs.  Thanks to the great generosity of the photographers and the courtesy of, and specific written permission from, the UPHS, the photos and much of the accompanying text of the UPHS coverage of the move is now on my Road Loads page 4 (off site on my private domain at http://sbiii.com/roadld-4.html.  Because it is so closely related to the earlier move of #833, I moved that there, as well.

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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