Train Truckers - Immingham to London by road

Why take a 170ton new special tamping machine all the way from Linz in Austria by rail to catch a ferry all the way to Immingham, and with the eventual destination London - take it by road from Immingham to London?
Why could not have gone by rail, instead of causing chaos on the roads?
Why not deliver it closer to London directly?
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Harry Bloomfield wrote:

when brand new trains are delivered by road on low-loaders, what hope is there for rail freight?
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On Friday, 11 October 2019 13:01:22 UTC+1, Andy Burns wrote:

This eurostar carraige was being transported down leabridge road oct 2017
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It's a Eurostar train which is quite possibly out of gauge for the rest of the network
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tim... wrote:

It's a class 80x "azuma" which run from Kings Cross to Waverley and Paddington to Bristol (other than knowing that loading gauges exist, I don't know what those trains/routes are classed as)
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On 11/10/2019 12:47, Harry Bloomfield wrote:

Do you know that it was within our smaller loading gauge?
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On 11/10/2019 13:23, Robin wrote:

That is the usual reason why such kit has to be moved by road.
Like the Shinkansen going to the York railway museum.
Incidentally what is the limit these days on wide vehicles travelling on motorways and trunk roads before they have to have a "wide load" escort vehicle in attendance. I saw one recently that was significantly wider than a single motorway lane and the only concessions were red/yellow triangles on its bottom rear corners.
It was blocking two lanes as it trundled along the A1(M)at under 50mph.
Oversized portacabin at least 1.5m wider than a single motorway lane (which ISTR is about 3.6m).
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On 11/10/2019 14:25, Martin Brown wrote:

I seem to remember seeing at York railway museum different rail heights/cross sections for high speed trains From memory the rail that the Shinkansen run on was 2x to 3x the height of the standard British track so perhaps the wheels would bottom out on the sleepers or ballast on the UK track
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On 11/10/2019 14:25, Martin Brown wrote:

IIRC there has been some relaxation on the rules, there was a post about it a while ago (maybe from Nightjar).
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Robin was thinking very hard :

I'm not sure what you were asking there, but from what I gathered...
It was a 170 ton rail tamper intended for Network Rail, in two sections. It had already travelled 700 (?) miles by rail from Linz to the channel ferry port. It was loaded onto a road transport at the ferry port, then onto the ferry to Immingham, off the ferry then by road all the way to west London. No doubt
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Harry Bloomfield wrote:

The loading gauge defines the height of the load that can go under our comparatively low rail bridges. It's higher on the continent.

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charles wrote on 11/10/2019 :

As it was intended for use on the UK's railway lines, I suppose it would be no higher than standard UK height.
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On 11/10/2019 22:23, Harry Bloomfield wrote:

It depends upon which lines it is to be used. Lines have different loading gauges depending upon when they were built and by which company and different permissible axle loadings depending upon the type and "weight" of rail, bridge limits, etc.
Some lines required steam trains (and later diesels) with cut-down cabs compared to the same class of locos used on other lines and locos were/are often prohibited due to their overall weight or axle loads.
All locos and rolling stock have a route availability, which combines axle loading and loading gauge and informs where they can and cannot be used.
It may be possible to send an out of gauge loco or train along a line, but only with accurate measurements beforehand; removal of some structures that are too close to the track; at slow speed and under special instruction and supervision.
Generally though, locos, carriages, etc. are transported by road, because they cannot easily be fitted between the scheduled trains and because it is cheaper!
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Steve Walker presented the following explanation :

That might be a possibility, cheaper for the rail companies, but everyone else pays due to the delays and hold ups on the road.
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Harry Bloomfield wrote:

If it was goingb to west London, it was probably for HS2. That may well use a 21st Century loading gauge rather than a 19th C one.
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says...

It was going to Plasser and Theurer's West Ealing works for commissioning and handover to Network Rail
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On 12/10/2019 09:11, charles wrote:

What, 7ft and a half inch?
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I was thinking of height.not track width.
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On 11/10/2019 17:42, Harry Bloomfield wrote:

Is that "by rail" or "on the rails"? In other word, was it running on its own wheels as it would be when in operation or was it loaded on other stock?
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Robin has brought this to us :

It was towed by a rail engine, on its own wheels.
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