Nov 032011

Bagger 293

Giant Bucket -Wheel Excavator


The Bagger 293 is one of the largest machines ever manufactured and is used for excavating coal from the ground in Germany, each of its 20 buckets can remove 49 cubic feet of material!





Manufacturer: TAKRAF

Bagger 293 Excavating Coal!

Model:  SRS 8000

Tonnage: 14,200

Length: 738 ft

Height: 314 ft

Wheel Size: 70 ft diameter with 20 buckets

Max Throughput: 8.5 million cubic feet of earth per day!

Operators: 5

Owner: RWE Power AG (Germany)

Similar Models:  Bagger 281 (1958), Bagger 285 (1975), Bagger 287 (1976), Bagger 288 (1978), Bagger 291 (1993)

Nov 022011
Steam Tug Yelta

Steam Tug Yelta


It is great to see older ships recycled and put into a new use instead of just being scrapped.  The Yelta had many years of use as a steam powered tug and now it has a second life taking tourists around Adelaide to see the sites and to view dolphins!






Manufacturer: Cockatoo Docks and Engineering Co, Sydney

Built: 1949, Restored 1985

Tonnage: 219.4 tonnes

Length: 103 ft

Breadth: 26 ft

Depth: 13 ft

Use: Before 1976, towing vehicles.  Since 1995, provides passenger tours around Adelaide.

Engine: 970 hp triple expansion reciprocating steam engine.  Originally coal powered, was converted to oil.

Owner: South Australian Maritime Museum. (Adelaide)