Re: Biggest thing ever transported by rail? . . . up to May 1958

Monk Alan <Alan.Monk@...>

Hmmm... strictly speaking, it's not a single *load* though.

When broken down into it's constituent parts, it required something like
5 or 6 separate trains to move Dora from place to place (plus a train
for the security battalion, a train for the flak batallion, a train for
the engineers....)

When set up in the firing location, it sat on a pair of curved parallel
tracks and was moved up and down by a pair of specialist low-geared
diesel locos.

I am tempted by the 1:35 kit though... and I've seen a website for a
scratchbuilt one-SIXTH scale model too.

(IMHO largest 'rail mounted' load would be a complete Saturn V on the
'railroad' linking the VAB and the pad ^_^ )

Onto more list-relevant matters :)

When crates were loaded into gons, how was the load restrained from
sliding along or across the gon?? Ropes? Chains? Chocks/blocks??

I've got a couple of gons which I want to load with crates, but I've yet
to find a pic looking down into one so loaded.

London, UK

-----Original Message-----
From: destron@...
Sent: 22 July 2008 05:20
To: STMFC@...
Subject: Re: [STMFC] Biggest thing ever transported by rail? . .
. up to May 1958

2 questions back: 1, does that 'biggest' have to have been
something in
the US? 2, does a railway gun count?

If the answers are NO and YES respectively... maybe this:
<> - this is a
model of the monster...
<> - a ww2 era
of the prototype...
<> - a shell
the thing, next to a T-34 tank...

Crazy Russians... :D

Frank Valoczy
Vancouver, BC

> Folks,
> This is a loaded question. It is is relation to a C&O Chessie
> article from May 30, 1958. It deals with a very large atomic
> movement via river barge up the Tennessee River to the C&O at
> Indiana, up to Grand Rapids, Michigan, and finally over to the
> Fermi plant site 30 miles south of Detroit. Biggest appears to
> defined as a "height [22'above top of rails]and width [14' 6
> combo" definition. We are NOT talking about long Butane Tanks
that are
> almost three flat cars long. The weight was only 91 tons.
> Do you have one bigger than the C&O's PR guy's for this time
> frame? . . . if so, please related. There were water turbine
> assemblies that appeared to have gone down between the rails
in special
> to meet height requirements.
> I'm leaving this question and running off on vacation for some
time, so
> no real rush.
> Thanks,
> Al Kresse



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