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S. Berliner, III
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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


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, below!)

NOTE: Page size is limited to some 30kB; thus, I am forced to add this page
in addition to the main RR Schnabel Car page and continuation pages
to my various RR and Model RR pages.

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

NOTE ALSO: The term "Road Load" is my own coinage,
to help distinguish heavy road haulage from heavy rail haulage;
professionals in this field refer to "Heavy Haulage" for road work.


On this Road Load page:
    Road/Highway Schnabels - material moved from main RR Schnabel Car page,
    MOVING LOCO #833

On Road Loads Page 2:
    Road Load Models (moved to pg. 3).
    Mammoet Mammoth Road Loads, plus

On the Road Loads Page 3:
    Danly Press {to follow}.
    Miller Transfer Rig.
    Road Load Models (moved from pg. 2 on 01 Mar 05).
    Road Load Miscellany.
    Bay Crane.
    W. J. Casey.

On the Road Load page 4:
    Moving Big Boy (Loco) #4023.
    Moving DDA40X (Loco) #6900.

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 Road Load page 6:
    Even More Road Load Miscellany.
    Flip-overs   new.gif (25 Mar 2014)

On the main McHugh Road Load page:
  History of the McHugh Firm.
  USS Fairless Vessels.
  Philadelphia Red Arrow Cars.
  McHugh #243 Tractor.
  McHugh Technical Background.
  McHugh Bros. Equipment List.
  Excerpted McHugh Bros. Equipment Diagrams.

On the McHugh Road Load Continuation Page 1:
  1980 McHugh Bros. Brochure.
  Moving the Franklin Institute's 707.
    and just scroll on down for even more!

On the main RR Schnabel Car page:
        Scroll away, plus these specifics -
        Schnabel Diagram.
        Schnabel Car Loading Technique.
        Schnabel References.
        Road/Highway Schnabels.

On the RR Schnabel Car 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 -
        More about 36-wheel 880-Ton Schnabel Car(s).
        Model Schnabel and other Giant Cars (moved from Main Page, 04 Dec 99).
        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 and Felbmayr's sites, linked below!

* - 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 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' 9¾") 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 BIG Stuff", Wendy Mitman Clarke, SMITHSONIAN, January 2000, pp. 48-59 (about super-gigantic road loads, with great illustrations).

note-rt.gif  See Horst Felbmayr GmbH's fantastic heavy-lift and -transport site at


This is the English version of their German site; either version is well worth "navigating", with their plethora of photos of European heavy rail, road, and marine operations.

See also Paul Bowers's "The Schnabel Webpage" (with other over-sized load coverage).   He advised of a neat film clip of movement of the largest water wheel in the world from Canada to China (click on "Moving dam - Watch this segment now") .

I seem to have neglected to mention on my RR Schnabel page that the U. S. Army's 280mm Atomic Cannon was actually a road Schnabel (Tom Daspit reminded me); the T-131 cannon was mounted on a bridgework carried between two huge rubber-tired truck tractors with load arms; the front truck has load arms pointed to the rear while the rear truck had the load arms pointed toward the front.  When they were deployed in Germany after the war (WWII), they tipped over with appalling regularity while traversing tight curves in tiny towns.  I have an original Comet Metal Products AUTHENTICAST HO model; it turned up and is pictured on my Ordnance Continuation Page, q.v.

Comet 'Authenticast' Atomic Cannon Model - ca. 1945
(Photo by and 2000 S. Berliner, III - All Rights Reserved)

This 50+-year-old Authenticast model still looks reasonably good; it's 10" (72') long in HO scale and was made by Comet Metal Products of Richmond Hill (Jamaica area), Long Island, New York, as part of their WWII tank and armored vehicle series. There's more on this on my Ordnance Continuation Page 2. Here's a shot of the real thing, the unit preserved at the U. S. Army Ordnance Museum at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland:

Atomic Cannon at APG
(Ordnance Museum Foundation Photo)

Speaking of road Schnabels, Tom Daspit has a series of shots of them at various places on his site.

Tom Daspit's RR site, especially his newly revamped and expanded "Schnabel Cars" and "Large Flat Cars" pages have hundreds of photos, directories, lists, and more info. on schnabel and heavy-duty cars and loads. Be sure to follow all his internal links to get the full impact of his arduous labors on our behalf; many thanks, Tom!

Tom revised his RR site dramatically ca. Oct/Nov 02; earlier, he added a new set of photos that crossed over between RR and Road Load; the move of the Union Pacific #833, an historic ALCo FEF-4-class Northern 4-8-4, from Pioneer Park in Salt Lake City to the Utah State Railroad Museum in Ogden on Sunday, 21 Feb 99, slung under a pair of road arms in a classic push-pull highway operation; because he may not keep them up very long, I asked if I might copy them off and put them up here.  Permission granted and here they are:

[Paraphrasing from my RR Schnabel page:

Hey, road load fan(atic)s, you'd better enjoy this coverage;
it's using up a staggering amount of server memory!]


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:

"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.


If you think any of the foregoing and above RR and road stuff is big, you should see the coke drums being run on the roads in Alberta, again for the oil fields!  Dave Belcher up in Edmonton kindly sent me photos (and permission to reproduce them) of monster road-loads that are simply unbelievable!  It's not the weight ("ONLY" 416 tons) but the sheer size of these beasts, and there are four (4) of ' em!

Here are a few selected shots (some cropped just to save memory) and information from captions provided by Dave Belcher of the run of one of the 416-ton coke drums from Edmonton to the oil patch at Ft. McMurray, Alberta.  You have two shots on the highway with a Dutch Terberg COE tractor pulling a standard-hood Kenworth hooked to a Scheuerle 160-wheel trailer, the drum, another 160-wheel trailer, and finally a pair of Terbergs, side-by-side, pushing at the rear (and, one assumes and fervently prays, braking on downgrades)! Note how the rig follows the road contour in the second shot. Then there's a shot at a RR crossing (with only two feet clearance) and one waiting for a funeral to pass, showing the rear of the rig with the two Terberg pushers, both taken in Two Hills:

[Something went wrong in the backup of these photos so, for the nonce, I am substituting the thumnbnails for the hi-res. photos where available.]

Coke Drum between Ft. and Edmonton Coke Drum in a belly of the road

Coke Drum at RR Xing Coke Drum rig from behind
(Images cropped from pictures provided by and 2000 Dave Belcher - all rights reserved)
[Thumbnail images - click on pictures for larger images.] [Bad image links corrected 30 Jun 08 - thanks, F. Olsen]

You know, at 416 tons and 320 wheels, that comes to 1.3 tons (2,600 lbs) per tire!  I am advised by Chuck Newman (26 Jul 02), however, that this "is actually not remarkable.  A standard semi truck tire is good for >5,000 lbs. and with little added expense tires of >9,000 lbs. capacity are used."  Thanks, Chuck (shows what I know)!

Yet more came filtering in:

Coke Drum between Ft. {McMurray?} and Edmonton Coke Drum in the far distance, overlapping the highway!
(Images cropped from pictures provided by and 2000 Dave Belcher - all rights reserved)
[Thumbnail images - click on pictures for larger images.]

These are the rail crossing from the side (2' clearance) and the coke drum in the far distance, overlapping the highway!

Now, we have the rest of the shots; the first two are of the tractor showing the large traction weights fitted over the rear wheels and the load, which swivels on fifth-wheel pivots (turntables) and has hydraulic levelers:

Tractor weights Coke Drum load

Now here's the front load arm and the rear load arm with two Terberg tractors pushing (sounds oxymoronic - if they're "tractors", why are they "pushing"? - like "towboats" which don't tow.):

front load arm rear load arm with pushers

All those wheels (160 of 'em!) and not one flat and a Chevy pickup for size comparison:

160 wheels! Chevy pickup alongside drum

A rear view of the rear load arm and another front -view - that drum is 33' (10 meters) in diameter and 334' (102 meters) long! The rig travels at from 15 to 25 mph (10 to 15 km/hr).

rear load arm front  view

For an even better perspective, here are a longer-range and a closeup image of the long-range highway shot above:

Coke Drum  - far Coke Drum - near
(Images provided by and 2000 Dave Belcher - all rights reserved)
[Thumbnail images (except last) - click on pictures for larger images.]


On a hot (90F) 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 and found this (fourth picture); dashing home for my digital, I returned to shoot these and some 30 shots in all, the rest of which appear on a new Road Loads Page 2 required to hold so much information!):

Waldbaum's Wall S Waldbaum's Wall N

Lead End Glenwood Tanks - first view
[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 (341m3) liquid propane tanks formerly buried underground 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 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.

Dave Belcher (of Alberta fame) also sent along these links:

    Home page for Kenworth Trucks
          and their parent company Paccar {the old Pacific Car and Foundry}.   rev (16 Oct 2018)

    Home page for Terberg Trucks.

    Home page for Scheuerle trailers,
        who supplied the 320 wheel trailer system.

    Home page for Dacro Industries of Edmonton,
        who built the large vessel being transported.

    Home page for Mullen Transportation who moved the vessel
        and their subsidiary company Premay Equipment
        who handled the move and this link showing a big-rig move.

    Home page for Suncor Energy,
        where the big vessel is being installed.

    Home page for Syncrude Canada Ltd.,
        another large oilsands operation in Fort MacMurray.

    Home page for ETARCO, another Canadian company
        which specializes in moving large loads
        (with a branch in the Netherlands - Van Seumeren Holland B.V.).

And here are some more links (16 Mar 00):

My own Tractors page, with its links.

The world's largest mining truck from Caterpillar.

A big mover in Australia.

And how about this company in Thailand.

Holy mackerel, Andy! It's one thing to read and write about these monsters; it's quite another to see one up close in the "flesh".  Ca. 21:30 on 04 Mar 00, I ran an errand and ran smack-dab into a massive traffic tie-up as the combined efforts of the Nassau County police, LIPA (the Long Island Power Authority), Bell Atlantic, cable TV, and a host of other utility outfits (since when is cable a utility?) guided traffic and raised power and telephone and cable lines and traffic lights while a J. Supor (see below) heavy-duty three-axle road tractor pulled a 12-axle Nicholas flat (very flat!) bed with a giant transformer and a huge Cat wheel tractor pushing.  This tangled up State Route 25A, Northern Boulevard, from Roslyn westward; I ran into the convoy (some 50 vehicles) as it came south on Port Washington Boulevard and turned west on 25A, jumped around it on local roads, and came out ahead of it in Manhasset.  I had the good timing to be in front of Barnes & Noble when the rig snagged a transverse line and started to crack the utility pole against which I had been leaning (until the strain started).  They eased the strain without having to back the rig more than a few feet (can you imagine 96 or more bogies swiveling around under that monster?) and using an Optima Cable TV cherry picker to force the cable up a few extra inches.  Do you think for one minute I thought to run for my camera?  Forget it, Charlie!  Sorry 'bout that!

An interesting collection of moderately-heavy European tractors and low-boys are on R. S. Meijer's outstanding Dutch European Road Transport Gallery, with even more links.

If your road isn't paved and you're interested in MONSTER MUSH-MASHING MUCK-MEANDERING MACHINES, you should look at Pentastar's site (thanks to Dave Blecher for this link; NOT for the alliteration).

[Hey!  "Pentastar" is a Chrysler trademark (for their pentagonal corporate emblem)!]

Tom Daspit was busy and sent along these links:

Rigging International's site, with a great picture of a steam generator being lifted and loaded into the side of a nuclear power plant,

Sheedy Co., especially their heavy lift and international links, and

Lockwood Brothers, some of whose pictures (all small) are reproduced here -

Lockwood 1 Lockwood 2

Lockwood 3 Lockwood 4
[Thumbnail images - click on pictures for larger images]
(All photos from Lockwood Brothers site,
artificially lightened to better show bogie detail)

The first picture is unidentified but look at that monster tractor and the wild angle of departure from the ramp to the dock!  The second is captioned about transporting a 170' long x 12' diameter pressure vessel from New Jersey to the dockside in Texas using Lockwood's 14-line Trabosa hydraulic trailer with a 420 ton capacity.  The third shot is of their Trabosa trailer with a 21' diameter Yankee Dryer on their specialized Ro-Ro barge at Newport News and the last shot is of the removal of a low-level radioactive steam generator weighing approximately 750 tons from the Salem Nuclear Power Plant and there's an even-bigger tractor [apparently a Hendrickson virtually identical to the one run by Higgins that appears on the inside back cover of Classic Freight Cars - Vol. 6 - see RR Schnabel references (bibliography)].

I'll have to look into both Higgins and Hendricksen, eh?

And speaking of models and Schnabels and such, Kibri in Germany (German site; with English version) in Germany makes a wide range of Scheuerle and similar giant road vehicles in HO scale.

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)

Here's another GREAT link; the site of J. Supor & Son Trucking & Rigging Co., Inc., headquartered in Harrison, New Jersey.  Road and rail and heavy, HEAVY, HEAVY!  You just have to go there and navigate the site for dozens of fabulous pix!

From the Railroad schnabel page, here's a reference to catch:

        "Classic Freight Cars - The Series", Vol. 6, Loaded Flats and Gondolas", Henry Maywald,

    H & M Productions, Flushing, NY, 1984, ISBN 1-882608-06-2.

        It has a photo of a giant turbine on a huge USDoT over-the-road trailer on the inside back cover.

See the Road Loads Page 2 and Road Loads Page 3, also.


  What happens to all this when I DIE or (heaven forfend!) lose interest?  See LEGACY.


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