While on the way to an auction last weekend, I happened to drive by and get a picture of the completed ‘humongous’, Texas-sized drag-line. I have watched them building this monster for about a year now and last weekend was the first time I was able to get a good picture.
It was built for the Kosse mine and while construction had been on one side of the highway between Marquez and Kosse, I was amazed on this last trip to see that they had moved it from the construction area where it had been built literally from the ground up to across the highway where it was parked. Would have loved to have been able to see them move that thing. Probably did it in the middle of the night.
As you look at the photo it may appear to be trackless, but that is only because there was a slight rise in the ground that blocked part of the view. To give you an idea of the size of this monster, the welding machine on the small trailer is approximately 5′ in height. If you do the math, I estimate the boom to be over 200’+ high. The small dark spot is the man in the operator’s cab.
Hope it see it in action next time I go through. If I’m that lucky, I’ll try to get some video. Bet that bucket could hold a dump truck or two.