this blog entry has been updated with more photos
Challenger's beer run on Wentworth St Hamilton Ontario
The big "Challenger" move for Molson-Coors began Friday night, only it was Mammoet Transport behind the wheel instead, as the six massive beer fermentation tanks moved down Wentworth St., Hamilton, in a 40-vehicle convoy.
Despite no official statements, Horizon Energy sources on scene first informed us Mammoet Heavy Transport was "called in at the last minute" to assist in the logistics, after problems arose with the original Challenger plan.
"Challenger dropped the ball," said one transport staffer. "They didn't have the equipment to do the job, so they had to call us, back in December."
When asked why no mention of the trucking change anywhere in the press surrounding the heavy lifting project, Mammoet employees smiled, but did not want to speculate.
Horizon workers move power lines for Mammoet move
Despite the Challenger insignia on the big rigs, it was dozens of the friendly Mammoet-labeled team from Canada and Germany that decended on the quiet Hamilton residential neighbourhood.
As of Friday night, no mention of the change in responsibility could be found anywhere on Challenger Motor Freight website, Mammoet's website or in the mainstream press.
Transportation staffers expect to struggle throughout the night to keep the expected pace, as Horizon workers slowly remove each aging overhead power line on the inner ward route.
The Mammoet team said the job is running behind, and now estimate the trip will in fact require 24 to 48 longer than originally expected.
"It really depends if it stays like this," one logistics specialist said, referring to the time it was taking to relocate the electrical lines.
The load was to supposed to arrive around 6:00 AM, Tuesday, at Carlingview Drive, north of Toronto.
Hamilton Police hold traffic at Barton St & Wentworth St
Police from Hamilton and Peel Region, local Ambulance and Fire Department Station 6 are attending the process as of midnight, along with support staff from CP Rail, Bell, Cogeco, MTO, the City of Hamilton and more.
Make no mistake, everyone has their work cut out for them on this, as wet snow makes the conditions in Ward 3 less than ideal for all tonight.
The convoy will turn on Cannon St, then head toward Waterdown, passing along Highway 5 through Burlington. The weight load is over 43 000 tonnes, 45 metres long and over 8 metres tall.
The tanks arrived in Hamilton at Pier 12 last month, but winter weather has forced repeated delays. The journey began in Germany, taking 15 days to travel across the Atlantic Ocean.
This was first published on Jeff's website.
Update: Here are several larger photos of the move. Click on a photo to view fullsize.
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