Anything larger than 8.6 feet in width, taller than 13.6 feet in height, longer than 53 feet, or that exceeds 80,000 pounds of gross weight is generally considered a heavy load. Heavy haul transport includes heavy equipment, wide loads, and oversized freight.
“Anything larger” certainly opens the door for some pretty incredible hauls at times! Here’s a few of the most notable heavy hauls in history...
Heaviest “heavy haul” ever recorded: 4,800 ton water desalination unit. The tractor-trailer truck used for this had 172 axles!
The largest item ever “heavy hauled” on the roads of Britain: power station transformer weighing 640 tons. It was moved at 4 miles per hour which, of course, led to several traffic snarls.
High-tech transit: The muon g-2 electromagnet storage ring had to be transported in one piece and could not be tilted more than a few degrees without causing irreparable damage to the complex wiring.
Space shuttle moved: When it was retired, Endeavor was moved 12 miles to the California Science Center. It took up six lanes of traffic and drew a crowd of onlookers.
Big even for Texas: Over a span of 25 days, the Texas Department of Transportation moved an 850 ton turbine engine. They had to create a custom rig to haul it which spanned the length of a football field.
Tubular tower: Two Heat Transfer Reactor Experiment (HTRE) reactors were hauled to a visitor centre at the Idaho National Laboratory in 1988, where they remain today.
Getting a boost: A prototype Saturn V rocket was moved from the manufacturing engineering laboratory to a new stand at Nasa’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, in March 1965.
Hero’s story on display: The fuselage of US Airways flight 1549 that pilot Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger miraculously landed on the Hudson River was towed to the Carolinas Aviation Museum in Charlotte, NC.