Heavy Haul: Huge Generator Begins Trek From TN to VA

Jun 25, 2010

Heavy haulers will appreciate the challenges connected with a load that’s being hauled right now from Knoxville, TN, to St. Paul, VA.

It’s an 803,000-pound steam turbine that requires two push trucks, two pull trucks and 28 dollies for a total of 244 wheels on the pavement and a combined length of 320 feet.

The move is being handled by Barnhart Crane and Rigging, which is taking the big load mainly up Route 58 through the hills of Tennessee and Virginia.

And Barnhart’s Tim Fielder told Land Line Now that they’re not going to break any speed limits.

“Our standard operating procedure for movement of this piece of equipment is a maximum speed of 15 miles an hour. But as you can imagine, going up a significant grade of 6 or 7 percent, we’re literally down to a walk speed,” said Fielder. “We’ll go up some of these hills – and down some of these hills – at 2 and-a-half or 3 miles an hour.”

The trip of about 170 miles is expected to take about two weeks, conditions permitting.

As the load moves along Route 58, traffic will be diverted around it. The steam turbine is being delivered to a power plant in St. Paul.

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