U17 Transported Safely to Technology Museum


It could well be the longest rigid platform trailer combination ever seen on public roads in Germany up to now. A team of specialists from Spedition Kübler transported a old submarine weighing almost 500 t from the natural harbor, in Speyer, to the Technik Museum 4 km away.

The big challenge with this heavy transport was above all its length. Thirty SCHEUERLE InterCombi axle lines were required to evenly distribute the 485 t weight of the U17 submarine and the almost 100 t of the SCHEUERLE InterCombi axle lines to fully protect the road.

The 50-year-old U17, a Class 206 A submarine that is 54 m-long, 9 m-high and 6 m-wide, arrived at the natural harbor of Speyer on a ferry. In combination with a tractor unit and a pusher machine, the complete vehicle combination had a length of almost 70 m. At times, additional towing and pushing vehicles were required to protect the road surface from the traction forces so that the actual vehicle combination grew to around 90 m.

The transport combination rolled slowly down the museum entrance. It only took a few minutes for the transporter and the U17, which is on loan from the military technology study collection of the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support, to be in place on the open-air site of the Technik Museum Speyer where it will be subsequently set down awaiting restoration.

“It´s always very pleasing when the load has reached its destination without being damaged. After all, 5 years of planning went into this special transport,” explained Frieder Saam, professional driver and transport manager at Michelfeld-Erlin-based Spedition Kübler.

The SCHEUERLE InterCombi series consists of a modular platform vehicle with a 3 m width. The low platform height of 1,190 mm, in the driving position, and the wide support base, make it suitable for loads with high centers of gravity. As in the case of the U17 transport, InterCombi vehicle combinations can not only be used as trailer combinations but also as tractor-trailer combinations or as self-propelled transporters.

Through the possibility of coupling the modules longitudinally and transversally, even the heaviest of transports on public roads can be realized. The InterCombi modules can be used for transporting the heaviest construction machinery and mining equipment, long materials, wind turbine components, transformers, bridge elements and other heavy goods applications.

Source: TII Group

The Technik Museum Speyer, located 1 hour south of Frankfurt airport, was opened in 1991 as a sister museum of the Auto & Technik Museum Sinsheim. It has more than 2,000 exhibits on an exhibition area of more than 150,000 m2 (indoors and outdoors).
Central pieces of the exhibition include several preserved aircraft, locomotives, the houseboat Sean O’Kelley of The Kelly Family, and submarine U9 of the German Navy.
Other exhibits display fire engines, mechanical organs, vintage cars and motorcycles. Additionally there is a Maritime and miniature model museum section as well as the Wilhelmsbau, a separate building which shows rare objects including historic fashion, weapons, jewels, dolls, toys, uniforms, and automatic musical instruments.

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