Littlefoot14 wrote: ↑Thu Jan 05, 2023 6:40 pm
DRM mentions a financial backer by name in the article. If I remember right from previous posts, he pledged $500k towards the move himself but I could be wrong in remembering that.
He offered a loan (unspecified amount) that needs to be paid back.
If the museum didn’t think they could be saved, why bother paying to move them just a few hundred feet? Why wouldn’t they scrap them where they lie and get money from them that way? Or better yet, why move them to a location where they weren’t safe just to have to pay to move them again or scrap them at that point?
It was a last ditch desperate attempt to move them out of the way before they were scrapped.
I work in trucking and I understand the intricacies of specialized oversized transport. Each and every contractor that touches this or any other transport is going to be heavily insured, I think the risks to DRM are pretty well mitigated as they aren’t the one’s physically doing anything here. Even for traditional, non-specialized, not heavy-haul trucking companies the FMCSA minimum insurance requirement is $750k In coverage and the vast majority of shippers/brokers are going to require at least $1mil minimum coverage. I assure you that specialized transport companies have much higher coverage.
True. But they ain't touching nothing until they know they're getting paid by the museum.
Your comparison of these locomotives to your transformers is a bit of a stretch too. Tell me Nessman, how many pieces were those transformers cut into? I’ve seen those type of moves and they usually require a sizable fleet of utility company trucks to raise wires for the load to pass by which adds to the transport cost, they’re also significantly wider than a locomotive which is why they move on modular hydraulic platform trailers versus more traditional lowboy style trailers. These locomotives should not be over height once disassembled. Over weight and width yes, but still easily doable with just pilot cars. I see new passenger cars being transported down I87 weekly with nothing more than a rear pilot car and those are significantly longer than even the T motor. There’s heavy equipment on site now that came in via truck that is taller, wider, and likely heavier than what the pieces of these locomotives should weigh leaving.
Transformers were moved on the hydraulic platforms, but on their sides... then once they were on site, they were up-righted prior to being moved to the transformer pads. But these were also designed for that with lifting lugs installed specifically for these moves.
These are 100+ yr old locomotives and who knows how they're going to behave once they start moving them around with a crane after sitting out in the elements for the last 40 years. Do they even have lifting points?
These locomotives are in an ideal situation to be moved. The soft soil and access problems are gone, they’re bringing in thousands of loads of stone onto that island and they’re building a road specifically for moving these locomotives, how much better conditions could a transporter ask for?
The road isn't being built to move the locomotives. It's being built as part of the overall site plan.