Pete Connock and Martin Phippard have captured three very different types of abnormal load movements in the UK. The first film, Deep Pile, follows the movement of a 50-metre-long, 170-tonne steel pile from the Chepstow plant of manufacturer Mabey Bridge to the docks at Avonmouth. We see the Collett Group securing the self-supporting load aboard two modules, leaving the factory and then crossing the new Severn Bridge. Motive power is provided by two MAN four-axle prime movers, a V10-powered TGA and V8-powered TGX.
In the second feature, Kolossal Komatsu, the CPP team capture the marriage of the body to the chassis of a huge Komatsu 785 dump truck prior to its delivery to a busy Hanson Aggregates quarry in the Mendip Hills. This sequence shows the problems of carrying such a big machine along the lanes of Somerset. It is supplemented by a short but exciting few minutes in which several Komatsu 785s are seen at work in the quarry.
The final story is a record of the movement of a massive quad-booster from the Alstom factory in Stafford to an electricity generating station near Preston. Power to the People not only shows the 500-tonne combination moving over the road network but also depicts the ship-to-shore transfer of the complete vehicle from the marine vessel Terra Marique. Allelys Heavy Haulage completed the move using ballasted MAN and DAF prime movers and an enormous girder trailer.
The Bonus Feature shows un-narrated footage of the movement of blast furnace components from Newport to the Port Talbot steelworks.
Pete Connock and Martin Phippard have been making trucking programmes for nearly twenty years. Their DVDs are fully researched and narrated and aimed squarely at fellow trucking enthusiasts.
- Running time 85 mins approx
- PAL DVD