Gigantic load! (cold+snap winter architecture vehicles ). Photo by Darby

Gigantic load!

Uploaded by: Darby

Friday February 10, 2006

near Two Hills, Alberta, Canada

Caption: I thought you might like this....something different. It's a huge coking oven weighing 552,300 kg or just shy of 1,000,000 pounds (500 tons) on its way from Edmonton to the Syncrude oilsands plant in Fort McMurray, Alberta. These vessels are moved in winter when the ground is frozen solid so as not to damage the roadway. The Schurle trailer units each have 160 steerable wheels and as many as 7 tractor power units are used to push/pull it on its 550 km journey. More than 10 such vessels have made the journey to the oilsands plants in the last few years, the heaviest weighing 1,700,000 pounds...the largest load ever carried by road in North America.


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About Darby


I live and work in the Edmonton area of Alberta. Most of my work in the last 30 years has been in the field of graphic arts and photo reproduction. I'm no stranger to large cameras. In years past I worked on a large overhead Brown Admiral repro camera with a 750mm apo-Nikor lens and a film format of 60" x 96". I've also worked with the latest drum scanners from Crosfield and Fuji. I currently live on an acreage near Stony Plain , Alberta. My other hobbies include backyard astronomy, flyfishing, canoeing and gardening, specializing in growing giant pumpkins and sunflowers. To view many of my photos in high resolution, go to my PBASE Gallery: May 17, 2005: I just acquired a Digital Camera....Panasonic FZ 20 with a 12x Leica optical zoom lens...absolutely fabulous. Watch for many new images to show up here. Create your own visitor map! Learn more about Peak Oil at Energy and Capital.

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