Steel Tanks 34'D 40'H 80,000 Lbs. climbing steep 18% grade on Baffin I

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Steel Tanks 34'D 40'H 80,000 Lbs. climbing steep 18% grade on Baffin Island in Arctic Circle

Steel Tanks 34'D 40'H 80,000 Lbs. climbing steep 18% grade on Baffin Island in Arctic Circle.

Wow that's some pulling power up hill with the tank.Outstanding.

 I use to drive big rigs back in the 80's, hauling nothing like this load of course. It still amazes me the sheer raw power, torque and longevity of the massive haulers.  Amazing to watch.  I'm a little surprised there wasn't any tire slippage going up the dirt hill.  Many things have to work together for this to work.  The right power, gearing, speed, loading etc.  Especially the right truck driver!
I noticed the back escort vehicle stayed waaaaay back!  The more impressive thing is that the driver began his trucking career at Swift six months earlier.  If you put headphones on and turn the sound all the way up, you can actually feel the wind blowing your brains out!  Wonder what all the temperatures were on the tractor (diff, exhaust, oil,engine, etc....) once it was peaking the grade She was definitely pushing out some hp/torque. Nicely done. Did I hear a downshift in the middle of that grade A miracle his driveline didn’t twist up like a pretzel.  Been doing this sort of thing for years.  Not quite this extreme of course! What is interesting to me is that I have never seen or heard of any scientific info about how much power, weight distribution, incline, road surface or anything else is computed to  make this happen. Just the driver (mainly) and his/her crew saying “  yea...that should work”  The way the truck was visibly torquing the chassis,  trying to lift a front wheel,  I thought;  I would hate to be the driver of the pusher.  I finally saw there was no pusher.  Have mercy!!   That truck,  pulled,  that load,  up that grade,  by it's self.   Amazing is an under statement.  For being a very isolated region, I checked on fuel prices for vehicles, as they could be sky-high due to the transportation distance for delivery.  I found a January 2020 price list published by the Canadian Province of Nunavut.  Diesel price per liter, in Canadian dollars, was around $1.17; near equivalent to $4.68 gallon US dollars; which as of this writing in February 2021, makes the Baffin Island fuel price anywhere from 40 to 80 percent higher than what's found in the 'states.  The cost of the Baffin Island diesel surprised me when compared to the European countries prices as of this writing, ranging from a low of 0.99 Euros in Austria/Poland; to the high of 1.45 Euros in Norway.

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