Monday, August 20, 2012

More on the Dwight D. Eisenhower

A few more things about the Dwight D. Eisenhower steam engine. David T. pointed me toward the company moving the engine, Moveright International, which bills itself as "heavy haulage and abnormal load specialists". They were the mover for the Dunrobin's move from Canada to the UK that I blogged about.

They are documenting the move for a future Monster Moves episode. They have a very large set of photos on Flickr showing all the steps to move this beauty. Here's a sample, showing the Dwight D. Eisenhower aboard the flatcar but before it was tarped.
180. Locomotive on the flat car

I mentioned in my previous post that a second engine was being moved. It is BR 60010, Dominion of Canada, currently residing at the Canadian Railway Museum / Exporail (English) in Delson, Quebec. There are plenty of photos of the Dominion of Canada in the same Flickr set, showing its preparation for moving.
221. DoC, Exporail museum

I liked how they pulled it out of the shed with the John Molson replica steam engine.
230. DoC being pulled out of museum building for test run to loading ramp

Here they spun it on the turntable, accompanied by 70-tonner CN 30. The museum crew must have had an absolute blast doing this.
251. DoC test run at Exporail museum

I really encourage you to check out the Flickr set to see all the photos. They are really well done.

I understand that once the Dwight D. Eisenhower is unloaded in Halifax, the flatcars will go to Delson to pick up the Dominion of Canada.

All photos on this page were from Flickr from Moveright International.

1 comment:

Richard Desmarais said...

Steve, as the engineer on the JM during the move, yes it was a lot of fun but stressful as well! We were at the limit of what our 2-2-2 can pull, with very little margin for error. The most delicate part of the operation was loading the DofC on the flat car but since we had done a dummy run a month prior, everything went smoothly. the whole operation took a day and a half.
Regards, Richard D