It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s a Truck?!?

It looks like a scene straight out of a James Bond movie: A 48 ton excavator truck flying 2000 m above sea level!

However, it is just daily business for the Swiss who are used to dealing with the ruggedness of their countryside. When it came to constructing a new power plant near Martigny in the canton of Valais, they called in the top MacGyvers of the country to transport a fleet of trucks to the construction site...

Since there was no access by land, the only available option was to attach the trucks to a (very) heavy duty cable railway!

When completed in 2017, the new underground hydro power plant will supply the future energy needs of Switzerland and its public transport system.

After all, this operation gives me confidence that the gondolas and cable cars in the Swiss Alps are most likely sturdy enough for a skier like myself...

(via here and here)

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Dimitri Burkhard

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  1. Wesley
    Wesley says:

    Cool footage. It’s the company called Fatzer AG which arranged this, if I am not mistaking. They do more of this stuff with their cables (used to be a client of my previous job) ;)


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