5 of the biggest land vehicles in the world
If someone asked you to name some huge land vehicles that come to mind, many of you would probably mention bulldozers, tractors and cranes.
Whilst those vehicles are admittedly all massive, there are a set of land vehicles out there that truly dwarf any crane or bulldozer that you (or anyone you know) has seen.
We’re talking about land vehicles that make Range Rovers look like ants. Seriously.
Now I bet your dying to know what these land vehicles are and why you’ve never heard of them before – read on to find out!
5. Herrenknecht EPB Shield S-300
What it is: The Herrenknecht EPB Shield S-300 is the world’s biggest tunnel boring machine. It has been used to bore an over 3.5km mega tunnel for the M30 motorway in Madrid, Spain.
How big it is: It’s 374 feet long and has a shield diameter of 50 feet. Weight 4,364 tonnes!
4. Schwerer Gustav
What it is: The biggest railway gun ever built and also the heaviest mobile artillery piece ever built, oh and when active it fired the heaviest shells ever made too. Work on the monster railway gun started in 1934 with the purpose of destroying the forts of the French Maginot Line.
How big it is: Length 155 feet. Width 23 feet. Height 38 feet. Weight 1,350 tonnes!
3. Big Muskie
What it is: It’s the largest single bucket digging machine ever built. It can eat it’s way through 295 tonnes in one go. It’s owned by the Central Ohio Coal Company and operated in Ohio from the years 1969 to 1991. Oh, and it’s all got a really cool name.
How big it is: Width 151 feet, Height 222 feet, length 478 feet. Weight 13,500 tonnes!
2. F60 Overburden Conveyor Bridge
What it is: It’s one of the largest movable technical industrial machines in the world. There are four of them in operation today; they are primarily used in used in brown coal opencast mining in Germany.
How big it is: Width 787 feet. Height 262 feet. Length 1,647 feet. Weight 13,600 tonnes!
1. Bagger 293
What it is: It’s a gigantic bucket wheel excavator made by the German company TAKRAF and can move an astonishing 240,000 cubic metres of earth daily. The 293 is one in a long line in monster land machines (others include the Bagger 281, Bagger 285 and Bagger 287). According to the video below its “more than two professional football fields in length and as tall as a 30 story building”!
How big it is: Height 315 feet. Length 638 feet. Weight 14,200 tonnes!
I hope you enjoyed our breakdown of some of the world largest land vehicles, These machine monsters really are in a league of their own and are bigger than anything you’ve seen in any city or town.
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