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ALE the heavy lift contractor have got a good website on all the their kit and projects.

There's a story on the Tojan ballast tractor here:

http://www.ale-heavylift.com/news/ale-completes-build-of-the-trojan-trucks-2/

Its something they have developed themselves.

M25 and Woking to be avoided this weekend unless you're interested in Heavy Lift operations!

 

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The protoype MH-8875 tractor, the unit used for the tank transporter bid,  went via GEC Alsthom to ALE where it has given great service of many years. I believe that it has now been retired.

The new batch of six ALE Trojan tractor units were designed and built by ALE in-house at Hixon, Staffordshire. ALE bought six  French Army surplus Unipower 8800 units with a view to upgrading them, but after assessing their suitability and condition decided to start from scratch (although it is rumoured that there are some parts of the ex-French units in the Trojans).

The design is in some ways an evolution of the MH-8875 and builds on the lessons learned from years of operating that pioneer unit, and is in many ways probably the vehicle Unipower would have built if the firm had survived.

The Trojan 8870 is the most powerful (and cleanest) prime mover ever to operate on British roads, and is the first such vehicle to have full CANbus-based multiple unit operation allowing the lead tractor to operate everything but the steering on helper units. 

A remarkable and very impressive example of great British engineering! 

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I will be popping out on my bike to see it through, will be interesting at some of the roundabouts and junctions around Woking 

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Yes, then down past mclaren then left through woodham and into new haw

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If the information is correct this is a tiddler of a transformer at just 143 tons which could easily be transported on just one of the 14 line bogies of the girder trailer, see here for an example with a 200 ton transformer, 16 lines plus 25-30 tons on the tractor:

The only advantages of a girder trailer are a lower travelling height and an easier time for any weak bridges.

Don't forget that 70 years ago both Pickfords and Wynns were regularly transporting 200 ton transformers without the luxury of motorways.

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There are some very tight turns and a tiny roundabout to negotiate in New Haw....could that be the reason for using such a beast?

 

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jeez-getting up Martyrs Lane or the six cross roads is bad enough, New Haw location should be a squeeze!

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Needless to say the whole operation was over-hyped by the press prior to the move which used two 8 row bogies, smaller girders than those shown and a pair of MAN 8x4 tractors not the Trojans as suggested.

Saddest part of the story is that we seem to be incapable of building a similar transformer in the UK rather than having to buy from Korea.

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3 hours ago, radiomike7 said:

Needless to say the whole operation was over-hyped by the press prior to the move which used two 8 row bogies, smaller girders than those shown and a pair of MAN 8x4 tractors not the Trojans as suggested.

Saddest part of the story is that we seem to be incapable of building a similar transformer in the UK rather than having to buy from Korea.

If it hadn't been over-hyped and there'd been carnage on the roads imagine the slagging all concerned would have got!!!

It was successful then?

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It arrived three hours early, so missed it coming in. Was pretty impressive all the same with a huge, how can I explain it.....pallet trolly to move it the final few hundred yards into the site.

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3 hours ago, MiketheBike said:

It arrived three hours early, so missed it coming in. Was pretty impressive all the same with a huge, how can I explain it.....pallet trolly to move it the final few hundred yards into the site.

SPMT or Self Powered Modular Transporter, the girder trailer was too large to access the site.

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