Big Things

I used to live down South, central Queensland way. The highway out West to ‘the mines’ always had some sort of big load travelling along it. I used to do a bit of a run 6 days a week between Rockhampton and emerald, so I got to see some big things. here are a few. As always, click on the image for a larger view.

Not so big, but plenty of grunt

Not so big, but plenty of grunt. This is an Australian built Kenworth that works out of Gracemere in QLD.

Tanks on their way to Shoalwater Bay military training area CQ

Tanks on their way to Shoalwater Bay military training area CQ

Early morning, and a wide load heads west through Gracemere, for a coal mine somewhere in the Bowen basin.

Early morning, and a wide load heads west through Gracemere, for a coal mine somewhere in the Bowen basin. In the right background is part of a 100 plus car coal trasin heading for Gladstone terminal.

Wide load heads west with the bucket for a tipper at a coal mine somewhere.

Wide load heads west with the bucket for a tipper at a coal mine somewhere.

Tipper engine, with its bucket on the trailer behind.

Tipper engine, with its bucket on the trailer behind.

This load had trouble negotiating the round-a-bout at the Eastern entrance to Emerald CQ

This load had trouble negotiating the round-a-bout at the Eastern entrance to Emerald CQ

This is a trailer. It carrys a LOT of coal.

This is a trailer. It carrys a LOT of coal.

A Kuranda tourist train takes a rest on back of a big jigger

A Kuranda tourist train takes a rest on back of a big jigger

A triple side tipper unloading at Yarrabee coal load-out, about 10km East of blackwater CQ.

A triple side tipper unloading at Yarrabee coal load-out, about 10km East of blackwater CQ.

At Ensham mine, near Emerald in Central QLD. The Bucyrus 8750 begins to take shape.

At Ensham mine, near Emerald in Central QLD. The Bucyrus 8750 begins to take shape.

The Bucyrus 8750 at Ensham during pre-operation testing.

The Bucyrus 8750 at Ensham during pre-operation testing. Note the 4WD between the body and the bucket.

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One thought on “Big Things

  1. I really like this set of pictures. I often see Big Things too, in my daily travels; the main highway to the northwest mines goes through my working territory. I confess that I often chose to go a slower way just on the offchance that a Big Thing might be travelling through. The huge scale of mining equipment never fails to impress me and I love to watch the transportation. Also, the husband helps to build Big Things and we like to see the finished products leave the factory.

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