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Old 30th April 2014, 22:05   #16
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They may be full of currency notes too, for all we know! It is election time!
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They generally carry powerplant equipment or secret military equipment(that's why I think it is sealed). Alternately, they might also be carrying sensitive mining equipment, which might need to be protected from dust.
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Hi Gannu_1

Perhaps, I know now where you work in Surat.

The big equipment (called Reactor) doing the level crossing is a 550 ton equipment and took 109 days to travel from Kandla port to Panipat, its destination. (some 1200 KMs)

Since the huge weight cannot cross a bridge or culvert, there were 67 temporary bypass roads were made across various river/nala etc.
The best it could travel was some 80 km odd in a single day, in Rajasthan.

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The ISRO had a set of consignments delivered in these huge containers. The containers arrived at Kollam port and then they were delivered to VSSC, Trivandrum by road.

The trucks traveled only at night at a crawling 10km or so per night. There were patrol vehicles plying along the highway that cut branches of trees that blocked the way. The electricity board personnel cut power to the areas along which the trucks were moving so that they could cut the electricity cables that occasionally blocked the containers.

Sorry for the awkward angled shots since could only take them in a hurry on way to office.
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Thank you, that was most informative. What are the concrete blocks in the tipper body for? Ballast? Or to reinforce something?
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Thank you, that was most informative. What are the concrete blocks in the tipper body for? Ballast? Or to reinforce something?

The concrete blocks are used as ballast.
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Thought of sharing something we undertook last month - movement of a 94 MT cargo through road transport from Hazira, Surat (GJ) to Ambernath (MH). The cargo was loaded on a 4+4 modular axle with a well bed combination. The well bed had a clear length of 14 m. After loading the Hull on the hydraulic axles, the height from the ground was 7.47 m.

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The major challenge in the transportation of this job was the height. The height of the job was 25 feet (7.6 m) from the ground including the axle height. The ideal route for this transport
would have been Hazira - Vapi - Maharashtra Border - Manor - Wada - Bhiwandi - Mumbra - Shilphata - Ambernath, about 340 km, with a transit time of around 25-30 days.

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But due to the maintenance work on the bridge near Versova village (at the junction of Ghodbunder Road) and also construction of flyovers at Bhiwandi meant that the above route was not feasible. Some of our representatives had personally conducted a route survey in Bhiwandi to ascertain if the road transport was possible. Our nominated transporter was then instructed to carry out route surveys to find out the other practical routes. After surveying alternate routes, only one route emerged as feasible, Hazira - Ankleshwar - Nandurbar - Dhule - Nashik - Igatpuri - Murbad - Ambernath:

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With the revised route, the distance doubled to almost 700 km with an estimated transit time of 60-65 days; as on this route, there were a lot of electric wires and welcome boards. At some places, a shutdown was required for the electric wires and the welcome boards had to be removed for the vehicle to pass and had to be replaced back.

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The check bars at rail level crossings will be found only on electrified rail lines. How do you manage to cross the tracks that are electrified?
Apologies for the late response. The two railway tracks in question is a single broad gauge electrified track that goes into a fertilizer company (KRIBHCO) and IOCL terminal. So the 25kV AC lines are temporarily shut down, the overhead lines disconnected and laid down until the cargo passes. This happens overnight so we rarely get to see this. We do however spot these trailers waiting before the railway crossings for clearance.
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Spotted these things near tindivanam on 21st. Seems like it took nearly a week to reach chennai.

BTW, these box things are humongous to say the least.
These containers that you all have seen has been transported by the company for which I work. These are equipment for Nuclear power plant in Kalpakkam. They have been transported from Walchandnagar in Maharashtra to Kalpakkam in a period of approx 8 months.
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These containers that you all have seen has been transported by the company for which I work. These are equipment for Nuclear power plant in Kalpakkam. They have been transported from Walchandnagar in Maharashtra to Kalpakkam in a period of approx 8 months.

A question - why was sea transport not used for this? Would it have reduced the 8 month transit time to say 3-4 months?

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A question - why was sea transport not used for this? Would it have reduced the 8 month transit time to say 3-4 months?

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Sea transport of cargo is called as barging operation. This operation is way way expensive than road transportation. Its not feasible for the equipment manufacturer and user. Where its not possible to transport the consignment by road we have to use sea mode.
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