The monster crawls...
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December 31st, 2008 – by: cneoridium
I think it's ok to post this now, at the time security was tight, which is why I kind of dissapeared from Travbuddy for a while. It's not directly travel related, but I'll count this as travel since I was out of town, pretty much living on the beach 60 miles north of home for 3 months. I was part of a team moving two giant steam generators up the coast, across a military base to a nuclear powerplant.
The thing weighs 1.3 million pounds (590,000 kilos)! It looks like a hollow tank, but is actually pretty solid, filled with thousands of tiny steam tubes. Because of this, and because of security concerns, it couldn't travel on the highway. To make things harder, the only way to get it off the barge from Japan was to unload it in a little harbor miles and miles south of the nuclear plant.
The problem is that the coastline here has every endangered species on the books, some of the rarest and most delicate habitats in the state, and the protection by the military and state park is system is very strict. The utility company hired me and my coworkers to help guide the thing through all the sensitive habitats and to monitor compliance with all the regulations and environmental requirements. Imagine trying to lead a 1.3 million pound elephant through a garden 11 miles long without stepping on any of the plants!
It turns out that (surprisingly.
The workers moving the thing were really good at what they do, and were pretty careful with what they were doing, knowing what length were gone to to secure permission to even be in such areas. I'll let the pictures tell the rest, sorry there are so many of the generator, it's pretty much all I saw all day and night for 3 months...
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