Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Heavy Equipment is a treat for anyone any age. The book has huge elegant pictures of a wide variety of trucks and heavy equipment, including construction, mining, transporting, tunneling, harvesting, recycling, and more. You can find it in the Oversize section of the library. The authors give brief history and explanations of the various kinds of giant trucks and machines. They pack a lot of information into very little text so there is plenty of room for the marvelous selection of photos.
In Montgomery County and the DC area we generally see big trucks and heavy equipment in road construction or building construction, we also often see those eternal favorites, fire engines. To see more heavy equipment up close, and to get a chance to talk to the operators, you can usually find a county's best at the county fair. Keep your eye out for announcements of county fairs in July and August. Look for the Montgomery County Fair here.
Here are a few of the book's fabulous photos starting from the chapter heading for mobile wheeled cranes. Below that are pictures of mining shovels and the Komatsu 930E Giant Dump Truck, and last, the giant Krupp Bucket Wheel Excavator. Click on a picture once or twice to see it larger.