Mammoet moves locomotive
27 September 2017
International heavy lift and transport specialist Mammoet has completed the move of a historic locomotive in Calgary, Canada.
Locomotive 29, built in 1887, had been on display outside of the Gulf Tower, a previous home of the Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) on 9th Avenue since 1996. However, CP had since moved to a new location and wanted to restore the locomotive in one of its yards.
In order to effect the move, the avenue was closed late in the evening. A temporary rail line was installed on the road to facilitate the movement of the locomotive under an overhead pedestrian walkway. Mammoet lifted the 91 tonne locomotive, performing the first of three tandem lifts, and set it on the rails where it was rolled to an awaiting Mammoet trailer. The second tandem lift was performed and, after safe securement, Locomotive 29 was transported to a nearby rail line awaiting the final lift to an awaiting railcar.