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Damon Cross
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Details: Illustrating my earlier point about what is included on this site, you may be wondering what this monster has to do with service vehicles. Well, I have included it anyway as, on closer inspection, it is even odder than at first thought. The subject is a Scania R580 belonging to Albert Road Recovery of Purfleet, and Damon came across it Stratford in the process of 'picking up' National Express 3-axle Caetano Levante FN07BYV. Apart from the seemingly odd use of a low-loader rather than a tow-truck, the method of lifting the trailer is notable. As far as I can tell, the rear bogie moves backwards and forwards and the body pivots on top of it. Damon watched the process so maybe he can tell us more....

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DamonWhen I arrived the coach was already on the back of the trailer. The trailer wheels were all retracted towards the tractor. Using hand held controls the crew then moved the wheels back towards the back end of the trailer. During this process the trailer became a bit of a see-saw and the weight of the coach tipped the back end down then lifting the tractor up by the fifth wheel. The crew then reversed the process to make a few adjustments. All very clever. I presume that either the coach was severley disabled or that there is an issue with taking such a long vehicle on suspended tow - gross train lengths and all that?Fri 04/04/2008, 11:14