World’s Largest Movable Technical Industrial Machines

The mining regions of Germany are home to five of the world’s largest movable technical industrial machines – the Overburden Conveyor Bridge F60. Larger than the Eiffel Tower, these machines weigh 13,600 tons and are up to 502m long, 80m high and 240m wide. 760 wheels carry them along rails at a rather sedate top speed of 13 m/minute. Two excavators can move up to 29,000 cubic metres of earth an hour, exposing coal seams for mining. There are 3 operational F60s – in Jänschwalde (first image, above), Welzow-Süd and Nochten. In addition there is one being updated…

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