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NICOLAS Tractomas TR88 MRK D90 (Renault cab) with a MAN D2842 LF 01; V12 760hp engine. Transmission RENK HSR 226.21 Transmission. Axles are from Kessler. The photograph was taken by NICOLAS of France in China. There are two of these units in operation.
Western Star 8x2 out of Zambia note the fuel tank behind the cab. These vehicles do cross border travels from Zambia, through Botswana into South Africa. They use the Kazengula ferry to cross the mighty Zambezi River.
Kenworth 993 6x6 photo supplied by PAACAR in Seattle. Working for Trillo Bechtel in India I think. The other unit is in North Africa painted blue and is for sale now for USD$ 165 000.
A friend of Dennis', out of the UK, sent him an article from a USA magazine showing a dump truck in action. The article was called DOUBLE DUTY on State Highway 135. Two peterbilt model 378 from Kischer Transport of Virginia, Minnesota. The off highway two axle dump truck manufactured by WISEDA of Cardin, Oklahoma forty-four feet long and can carry 240ton payload. One of five machines made. The Peterbilts have CAT 425hp Cat powered averaging 7mpg. The photographer is unknown.



Here are some unique tractors built by MAN / OAF Austria to special order. In South we have five units running the only country outside of the Europe to use these machines.

The vehicle specifications are the following:-

MAN 48.700 VFA 8x8 truck - tractor
Overall length is 8700mm.
Powered by a MAN D 2842 LE V12 diesel engine derated for SA due to altitude 1800m above sea level (by<8%)
Gearbox transmission is a RENK HS 227-V 7 speed transmission
Front axles are Kessler VAD/VA 7-0950
Back axles HD7/H7-16120
MAMMOET SA MAN 48.700 8x8 with Nicolas hydraulic module carrying a 156ton tunnel boring machine in Lesotho. FRASERS in Cape Town carrying a tug weighing 120ton. The single biggest item moved in South Africa over 700kms in 11 days weighing 455ton reactor on a Nicolas 24 axle module weighing 180tons (rented from Scales in France). Three MAN 48.700 8x8's were used and they were over heating at 33degC. The gross combination mass of 670tons. Reactor built in Japan.
Mighty MAN 48.700 8x8 of which Mammoet operates five in South Africa. The only units outside of Europe. FRASERS Man hauling a 455ton load with 388 wheels under it. Mammoet Man transporting the Ninth SAS Reactor for Sasol. Maurice Staal photo.
The "flyer" that MAMMOET was issuing the travels that meet the trucks on route to SASOL.
This set of photos shows the climb towards Pongola a 1in 8 climb.
Front unit MAN 48.700 8x8 and one at the rear pushing. Trailer Nicolas carrying 263ton reactor section base. MAN 48.700 8x8 coupled to a Nicolas module with the middle section weighing 211ton. MAN 48.700 8x8 coupled to a Nicolas module with the top section weighing 220ton.
The same trucks leaving the harbour of Richards Bay in the sequence.
The MAN 48.700 8x8's (700hp V12 engines) with heat exchanges/torque converter packs behind the cab.
Newly painted MAN 48.700 8x8 awaiting loading of the largest section 263ton bottom section. This photo was taken by Maurice Staal of MAMMOET SA. MAN 48.700 8x8 carrying the 211 ton middle section. (note the boat aboard). This photo was taken by Maurice Staal of MAMMOET SA.
Oshkosh R 1344 (290hp) coupled to a single axle dolly and tri axle lowbed trailer. The load is a shovel (approx. 35ton) This picture was taken in Richmond, BC back in 1999 on Dennis' first visit to BC. Allied Ready-Mix operate either four or five Pacific twin steer units. Here is a classic example of the ex-Texas, USA second hand vehicles being transported to Zimbabwe. Two weeks later they are driving in South Africa painted orange with an inter-link trailer on-route to Durban harbour to pick-up loads.
Volvo with a low bed backing into his yard, take in Detroit, Michigan. Advance cement truck made in FT Wayne Indiana, taken in Detroit, Michigan. Freigtliner pulling a set of Michigan double dump trailers, taken in Detroit, Michigan.
Peterbilt Michigan centipede covered wagon, taken in Detroit, Michigan. Peterbilt Michigan tipper, taken in Detroit, Michigan. Pacific P16 logging truck owned by McMillan Blodell. Taken on Vancouver Island at Port Alberni, BC.
Here Dennis captured the biggest crane of JOHNSON Crane Hire in Action. Rated at 540ton mobile crane LIEBHERR. A project that was down down the road from my house moving, dismantling a P&H 2100BL rope shovel. The rotating section drive house weighing 147ton including balance weight. The LIEBHERR crane has 130ton of ballast weight. In these photos the crane is being unassembled and loaded.
The load is a old P&H rope shovel being moved from one mine to another. You can see in this photo the cab housing the drives and motors weighing 147tons. Here is the same load on route to Johannesburg.
In this photo is the crawler drive encasing the slew bearing (125ton).You can see the new VAN SEUMEREN colours on the MAN 48.700 8x8. Here is the same load on route to Johannesburg.
Photos of MAMMOET MAN 48.700 8x8's in action with a P&H 2100BL rope shovel drive house of 146ton.
Photos of MAMMOET MAN 48.700 8x8's in action with the crawler unit of 125tons.
These pictures show a Kenworth 993 supplied from Kenworth in Seattle for the Spainish Nuclear Program De Litto Transport.
Frasers Foden before joining Q Transport. Load of Frasers a 120ton O&K shovel on route to Namibia. Ex-Frasers Foden 6AC 6x4 with a Cometto module Q Transport Mercedes-Benz AS3850 6x6 coupled to a Cometto hydraulic modular trailer. Load is a 132ton BBC stator (200MW).
Transcor Transport
Navistar 6x4 truck-tractor
Single axle dolly
Four axle hydraulic lowbed (GRANT CORE - M A R T I N)
Load Euclid R170 dump truck travelling from Phalaborwa Mining Company through to Sishen Iron Ore Mine about a 2-3 week journey by road (3 000km)
A photo that I took at work on Thursday to show how the second hand market has taken over in South Africa.



Mammoet Southern African
Customer - Electricidade de Mocamique
To move a 142ton transformer and associated cargo from Richards Bay through to South East of Matola, Maputo, Mozambique.
Cargo - Three Phase Transformer
Manufactured by EFACEC Power Transformers of Portugal
Unloaded in Richards Bay small craft harbour with ships 152 cranes
Ship - PALMYRA, Hamburg with two 152 cranes
Mammoet Fleet
MAN 48.700 8x8 truck-tractor and Nicolas 13 axle modular trailer
Route through South Africa and Swaziland to Mozambique



MAN 48.700 8x8 truck-tractor with a Nicolas 13 axle modular trailer carrying an 130 00kg pressure vessel, 2564x615x629cm (L'Air Liquide, France).
MAN 48.700 8x8 truck-tractor with a Nicolas 9 axle modular trailer carrying an 103 000kg pressure vessel, 1714x577x600cm (L'Air Liquide, France). MAN 48.700 8x8 truck-tractor with a Nicolas 9 axle modular trailer carrying an 104 200kg heat exchanger ;length 1200; width 617 and height 505cm (Norton Cryogenie, France).
Transcor Transport MAN 25.352 truck-tractor with two axle dolly and four axle hydraulic gooseneck lowbed. Nordon Cryogenie heat exchanger 43 400kg. Reynecke Transport (two units)
Mercedes-Benz 3850 6x6 with Hendred Fruehauf 8 axle modules
Mercedes-Benz 3850 6x6 with Cometto 9 axle modules
Nordon Cryogenie heat exchanger 1658x502x526.5cm, 43 400kg

Company: Mammoet SA
MAN 48.700 8x8's two heading and rear pushing Trailer Nicolas 18 axle module with a steel supporting brace
Client - SASOL SCI (Sasol Chemical Industries)
Load - Acrylic & Butanol Reactor 285t x 8.5m diameter
Company Mammoet SA
MAN 48.700 8x8's two heading and rear pushing Trailer Nicolas 18 axle module with a steel supporting brace
Client - SASOL SCI (Sasol Chemical Industries)
Load - Acrylic & Butanol Reactor 285t x 8.5m diameter



Here are some photos that I managed to take early hours of August 2, 2003. SASOL SASTECH (Sasol Technology) is in progress to adapt their plant in Sasolburg to operate with gas. These reactors and steam drums were manufactured in India under licence from HALDOR TOPSOL AV, Denmark for SASOL.
Steam Drum 65ton x 2off
Vehicles MAN 48.700 8x8 with Nicolas 9 axle module
Vehicle Mercedes-Benz 3850AS38 with Nicolas 4 axle trailer
Dimensions 1520(l)x350(w) and 300(h) cm
Photos - DSCF0022/26
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Reactor vessel 95ton x 2off
Vehicles MAN 48.700 8x8 with Nicolas 10 & 11 axle modules
Dimensions 2500(l)x400(w)x330(h) cm
Photos - DSCF0025/30/31/33/35
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