after a pretty good start doing honest labor i ended up sort of a scallywag, practicing law for 25 years until ill health drove me from the business. my youngest brother also ended up in a questionable trade, pushing stocks & bonds for merryl lynch, still.
but, my two older brothers followed honorable employment their whole lives in the heavy construction trades, operating heavy equipment and tugging on wrenches for local 701, operating engineers, out of portland, oregon. the oldest worked on the terminus of the alaska pipeline, and did field mechanic's stuff in the aleutian islands.
he is used to big equipment, and the use of cranes and heavy stuff to move big equipment around, having operated his fair share of each.
caption: this is a trailer full of stuff. what the "stuff" is, i am not too sure, but, whatever it is, it is going to end up hauling something very heavy. that much i know, but, as to the rest of it, i am, quite frankly, just a bit curious.
on the trailer, there are four sets of "trucks," (for lack of a better term.) each truck consists of two axles, with each axle having two very squat and very substantial tires on the end. the axles are joined by a very heavy duty round beam, which you can see most clearly on the front truck, the front set of axle of which tilts down off of the platform on which is it riding.
this morning i showed the above picture to my heavy construction worker brother, now retired, and asked him what the whole mess above was, and what was it for?
i said, "what the heck is that."
he said, "beats me, i never saw anything like that, but, whatever it is, it sure looks like it was built to haul something very heavy around. i expect they team all those axles up, and that they are steerable somehow, ... ." but, other than that, he had nothing definitive to say about it.
now, this brother worked for years for peter kiewit construction company, doing field repair on heavy machinery all over the west coast of the united states. he worked summer just about everywhere, and the winters he spent at kiewit's shops in portland, oregon refurbishing and repairing all sorts of heavy machinery. he's taken more than one diesel engine out of a heavy chassis, repaired & rebuilt it, and put it back in.
he was an instructor at the union's school, teaching machine operation and things that mechanics do.
he had no idea what the machinery pictured above is all about.
all he said was,"whatever those things are, they are gonna haul something heavy."
we'll just have to see.
john jay @ 10.30.2013
p.s. if anyone knows what these gizmo's are for, and how they go together, please don't be bashful, and come forward and inform the rest of us. it has got me bambozzled. plain and simple.