It’s very rare that eight abnormal loads combine to make one single convoy. In this instance, at least through Poland, this was essential. What started out as a 500 kilometre journey, from Gdansk to Lezajsk, due to detours caused by fixed height restrictions (i.e. bridges), the final route ended up being over 800 kilometres long.
The more critical factor was overhead cables and other obstructions (i.e. those that needed removing) – electricity, phone, tram car, train, advertising signs etc. In all, 54 engineers prepared the route for the convoy, re-erecting everything the moment the convoy was passed through. The progress was monitored on Polish television, with The Specialist Transport Group appearing every evening. over five nights.
The journey actually started in Belgium but that’s another story entirely.