Stuck trucks - 12 pictures

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  1. McGilliCutty

    McGilliCutty New Member

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    I figured you guys here would get a kick out of these pictures but for the sake of relevancy, I have to figure out how to relate them to trains...

    After the railroad transports propane to the distribution points, these smaller trucks disperse it to the customers.:rolleyes: Not all customers live down nice paved roads and sometimes, these delivery trucks run into unforseen problems.:eek: If you've ever wanted to model trucks or a backhoe stuck in the mud, following are some pretty good examples.

    It was one of the wettest winters in a very long time but when you need propane, you can't wait for things to dry out. As truck #1 was attemtping to back around the house to the tanks, the right rear of the truck sunk down to the frame.:eek:

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    Now, I have no idea how much a loaded propane truck weighs but I know they aren't light as all of our efforts to pull this one out failed. So what do you do? ...call in the next nearest truck in the hopes that you can transfer some of the propane making the stuck one lighter. Uhm.... whoops. That didn't work either. ...sunk to the frame.:eek:

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    ...and just for clarity sake, the next two pictures show both trucks stuck, one in front of the other...

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    How'd you get 'em out you say? Well, the propane company decided they'd call in a BIG tow truck to get the job done. On the way out, that tow truck got stuck as well.

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    Once he finally arrived, he was not able to pull the propane trucks free. So what do you do? Call a BIGGER tow truck.

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    The bigger truck managaed to make the trip without getting stuck AND he was able to pull both trucks free of the mud. The propane company was still worried about getting both of their trucks back to town (they only had a total of 4) so they called in a third propane truck that was empty to transfer some weight, making the other two lighter.

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    So, you're thinking the adventures are over, right? Nope. The neighbor, decided that since all the trucks had torn up the road so bad, he would call in a full dump truck load of gravel to fix things. I'm guessing you've anticipated the intelligence level of our neighbor.

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    Now it's his turn... how do you get a dump truck loaded full of gravel unstuck? He decides to rent a backhoe and he is certain he can get this dumptruck unstuck that way. Unfortunately, the backhoe has other ideas.

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    Now I always thought it was near impossible to get a backhoe stuck but he managed to easily accomplish that feat. Next morning he came back and had another go at it...

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    He eventually had the front end of that backhoe buried so deep that the radiator fan was spinning in mud. After several days, they did finally manage to get the backhoe unstuck. They then dumped the load of rock right where it was at, somehow pulled the dump truck free, reloaded what rock hadn't disappeared into the muddy depths of the road and cautiously continued on their way.
  2. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

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    Uhhhh, that has to be one for the books.:eek: I'm just wondering about the "Homer Simpson" strategy there. If it doesn't work, keep trying the same way over and over again. stooges8 :p stooges8 :p stooges8

    Thanks for that blow-by-blow.:wave: :wave:
  3. FiatFan

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    Fascinating! The ingenuity of the human mind never ceases to amaze!

    Tom
  4. Nomad

    Nomad Active Member

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    I am sorry that happened to you, but that is hilarious!:roll1:

    Loren
  5. beamish

    beamish HO & Steam Engineer

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    that was the best story i have read in a while. Thanks for sharing the laughs.
  6. TruckLover

    TruckLover Mack CH613 & 53' Trailer

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    jawdrop jawdrop jawdrop sign1sign1sign1
  7. nachoman

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    Hey, where was this?? This is so very eerily similar to a problem my dad had in N Arizona this winter. Except for mim, it wasn't a propane truck, it was a truck coming to retrieve the port-a-jon from his construction site. That truck got stuck, then the tow truck, then the back hoe...

    Kevin
  8. McGilliCutty

    McGilliCutty New Member

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    It took place in between Prescott and Seligman. The guy who rented the backhoe boiled the radiator dry and the rental company swore to never rent any of their equipment to him ever again.
  9. tetters

    tetters Rail Spiking Fool!

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    Too funny!!!
  10. RonP

    RonP Member of the WMRC

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    Hmm, I'm just glad I wasn't the one calling the shots. That blunder would be the death of me.
  11. Mountain Man

    Mountain Man Active Member

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    Looks like "heavy equipment" isn't alway the answer. :cool:

    That's OK - I've seen tanks buried up to their decks in mud - a serious recovery problem if the mud dries out, about on a par with an archaeological dig.
  12. Glen Haasdyk

    Glen Haasdyk Active Member

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    Don'ty have that problem here, too many rocks! But this winter there were a record number of vehicles stuck in the snow.
  13. RonP

    RonP Member of the WMRC

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    Rocks and cactus if I remember correctly. I love the Okanogan.
  14. Pitchwife

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    hamrIf it don't work get a bigger TRUCK! hamr hamr
  15. Mountain Man

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    I was in Grafenwohr, Germany when a ten thousand gallon tank trailer was parked in our area to serve as our fuel point. Then it rained for week, and the trailer sank deeply into the previously solid ground, halfway up the side of the curved tank itself. Wheels, hitch...all gone into the mud.

    Recovery was interesting to watch. The engineers finally decided to treat it as a teaching objective and went all out.

    Mother Nature can be a real ****. Coupled with the normal ration of human stupidity, and...:rolleyes:
  16. MadHatter

    MadHatter Charging at full tilt.

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    All I can say is WHEW!!!!
  17. Ronson2k3

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    Doh....

    One truck gets stuck ... Let's send another it shouldn't happen again... Well????

    Cool picks.. Living in Canada I can relate some what (winter snows) but this is bad situation getting worse.. I'm hoping no one lost there job over this..
  18. jbaakko

    jbaakko Active Member

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    Looks like the time is right for a pair of snowshoes...

    Brings up an interesting story. I was approx. 8 months into my Marine Corps contract, and was sent to a weapons familiarization course.

    Well, as most people know, the Marines in the last ~6 years have switched from the 5ton capacity trucks, to 7 ton. Some idiot driver, thought he could drive the HUGE 7ton up a creek were marching up, because the road bridge was too narrow.

    Needless to say, I've never seen a truck so buried in my LIFE! It was a good 5' in the mud, with another 3' of water above that. At the time, the only wreckers we had were the 5 ton version, and even with two of those bad boys pulling, they could not budge it.

    They wound up using a tank recovery vehicle, and a Grove all terrain crane! The crane would lift the front while the recovery vehicle pulled from the rear. Took them 3 days to get the truck out.
  19. tverskaya

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    Great stuff! Reminds me to go out to the wilderness more often.
  20. Pitchwife

    Pitchwife Dreamer

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    Would it be all right if I emailed your pictures and commentary to some friends of mine? I know that they would get a kick out of them.