The Most Interesting Loads Ever Hauled by Trucks


Around the United States, the trucking industry handles a many different freights and obstacles. Here are 10 pictures depicting the diversity (and challenges) of the industry. Next time you pass a tractor-trailer, look to them for their versatility instead of as a traffic impediment.

1. Space shuttles

Photo courtesy of YouTruckMe on Pinterest.
Photo courtesy of YouTruckMe on Pinterest.

In 2012, the Space Shuttle Endeavour found its way to its resting place at the California Science Center in Los Angeles, CA. Due to trees and other obstacles, the last 12 miles of this trip took 17 hours.

2. Wind turbines

Photo courtesy of Lone Star Trucking LLC. Lonestar-llc.com
Photo courtesy of Lone Star Trucking LLC. Lonestar-llc.com

Increasingly, wind is harnessed to produce power for big (and small) cities across the U.S. These turbine blades can span almost 250 feet, which makes transporting them no small feat.

3. Moving house

Photo courtesy of Wolfe House & Building Movers. Wolfehouseandbuildingmovers.com
Photo courtesy of Wolfe House & Building Movers. Wolfehouseandbuildingmovers.com

In places like Louisiana and Texas, small houses are being sold and moved from cities to more rural areas. Moves are time consuming and dangerous thanks in no small part to powerlines, trees and street lights.

4. Megaloads

Photo courtesy of northernrockierisingtide.wordpress.com
Photo courtesy of northernrockierisingtide.wordpress.com

Megaloads are a sight to behold….as long as they’re not on the roads you frequently travel. Often unable to pass over bridges due to their weight, routes have to be planned out perfectly. Permitting is also expensive.

5. Water purifiers

Photo courtesy of knkx.org
Photo courtesy of knkx.org

Just like loads that tractor-trailers carry each day, megaloads come in varying shapes and sizes. This water purifier traveled through Northern Idaho’s winding and narrow roads in 2013.

6. Dangerous roads

Photo courtesy of the History Channel.
Photo courtesy of the History Channel.

Truckers are often forced to brave treacherous conditions and roads to complete their jobs. This particular road, located in the Andes Mountains in South America, is considered the most dangerous road in the world.

7. Low bridges

Photo courtesy of the khq.com
Photo courtesy of the khq.com

Truckers come up against many obstacles in their paths every day. With typically non-uniform bridge heights, sights like this are more common than one might think.

8. Jet powered trucks

Photo courtesy of SHOCKWAVE & Flash Fire Jet Trucks. Shockwavejettruck.com
Photo courtesy of SHOCKWAVE & Flash Fire Jet Trucks. Shockwavejettruck.com

This jet powered truck is called Shockwave. Retrofit with twin jet engines, this semi can reach speeds upwards of 375 mph.

9. Fighter jets

Photo courtesy of TJ Potter Trucking. Tjpottertrucking.com
Photo courtesy of TJ Potter Trucking. Tjpottertrucking.com

Here, again, you can see the versatility of the industry. From streaming across the sky to meandering down the highway, this decommissioned F-16 Falcon was transported by truck to its final resting place in Arizona.

10. Ship portage

Photo courtesy of wideloadshipping.com
Photo courtesy of wideloadshipping.com

Even boats need to be transported by land once in a while. Below is an ocean-bound ship, traveling through a small town on a very narrow roadway.

Have you seen (or transported) something massive? Tell us about it!