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Finally, what seems to be THE Biggest Movable Machine!

It has been brought to our attention, that there exists a titanic mechanism in Germany with a real claim to this title. (It does, however, has a much lesser appetite than the infamous "Bagger 288". At least we do not have a record of it mangling any smaller machinery - see Bagger 288 "chew up" a bulldozer here).

The name of this epic structure is the Overburden Conveyor Bridge F60, located in Lichterfeld (source here).

This technological steel giant is 502 metres long, 202 metres wide, 80 metres high and 11,000 ton heavy. It was build in East Germany in 1991 by the VEB TAKRAF Lauchhammer (it is a well-known fact that the GDR was manufacturing huge machinery, of lesser types, since 1958). After only 13 months in operation, the F60 bridge was suspended - for various energy and political reasons.

The opencast mine Klettwitz-Nord (where the conveyor bridge was operating) is closed today. The colossal bridge is owned now by the community, which presents it to tourists as the "Fallen on Its Side Eiffel Tower!"

- size comparison with the Eiffel Tower

...and it moves on its own set of rails!

(Photos by Harald Finster, all rights reserved)

this is how it feels inside the bridge:

Other Honorable Mentions:

The "Big Muskie": Ohio's Walking Giant

The walking excavator "Big Muskie" was once the World's Largest Earth Moving Machine.
This site confirms: "Built in 1969, Big Muskie could move 39 million pounds of earth and rock every hour, revealing rich coal seams 100-150 feet down in southeastern Ohio. BM could swing its boom 600 feet, creeping across the landscape on four giant shoes.

This immense dragline machine was churning along at full production until 1991, when power demands and other factors convinced the owners to shut down."

It was scrapped in 1999, and only its monstrous metal bucket remains today as a roadside attraction in Reinersville, Ohio.


Big Machines Dig Really Big Holes

To complement the awesome sight of biggest digging mechanisms, I humbly bring to your attention one of the biggest man-made holes on Earth. This is a diamond mine in the heart of Siberia near the town Mirny. It is 525 meters deep and 1.25 km in diameter! (see more pictures here)

That little speck under the arrow in the last picture is actually a huge mining truck. It takes this truck 2 hours to climb out from the bottom of this pit.

Devastating Size

You've seen "Bagger 288" monstrous excavator... if not, refresh your memory here. Now we got more images of this beast (by popular demand):

(images credit: KRUPP)

Smaller images, but still impressive:

(photo credit: Hendrik Brixius, f60.de)

Look how small the human figure is, walking close to this monster....

This is what I call MOVING!


Read the previous post on this topic:
"Titanic Mechanism "devours" its prey - a bulldozer!"



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Blogger Tiel Aisha Ansari said...

Okay, the "Overburden Conveyor Bridge F60" is bigger... but "Bagger 288" just has a more predatory air. Kind of like a brontosaur compared to a tyrannosaur...

Anonymous MipH said...

Amazing machines. I saw some of them before. Germany is being famous for their big aggregates.

Blogger SEth Leedy said...

Big Muskie
I live in Ohio not far from the big muskie site. Just take state route 83 and it's right along the side of the road. Note: Just the bucket is there now. The SMALL bucket. There were two in service. The small one is what's left.
Big enough to hold two greyhound buses! -Seth Leedy

Anonymous Darin said...

wow, this is the biggest machine I ever see, how many gazoline needed to run this huge machine for one hour?

Blogger Monster Toys said...

any more pics of the Krupp excavator in action?

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Anonymous Cutlery demistified said...

Theres some footage of the Bagger on YouTube. What a beast.

Blogger cherub said...

WOW! You made my three year old son's day. He loves construction equipment of all types. Thank you from him and I.

Anonymous Davis said...

The kennicot open pit copper mine in Utah is the largest in the world its 845.36M deep and 4065.27M across with it going even 152.4M deeper by 2015 and its expected to be in operation for 50 more years

Anonymous Anonymous said...

For an interesting optical illusion, look at the google maps satellite view of the hole in siberia.

Then enable the rotatable maps feature in "Labs" and rotate the satellite map 180 degrees.


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