Monday, December 8, 2008

MyWorld Tuesday: Trude

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This is Trude. She's the cutting shield of the tunnel boring machine that was used to cut the new tunnel under the Elbe opened in 2002. At that time, Trude was the biggest of her kind. The name means Tief Runter Unter Die Elbe = Deep Down Under the Elbe.

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Trude weighs 380 metric tons and is over 14 metres high. When I stand next to her, I always imagine that she'll start to roll from her platform at any moment.

There's more info on Trude here, in German though.

Keep traveling round the world over at MyWorld Tuesday

22 comments:

Dina said...

Trude ist zwar sehr gross und auch schoen! She is a real fresser.
Your "fear" of her getting loose brings to mind that old word juggernaut. Watch out!
I'd love to go in that museum of Arbeit.
Exciting post!

antigoni said...

Very good post!

Sylvia K said...

Oh, my! that is amazing! Thanks so much for sharing!

fishing guy said...

Jedidiah: A neat post on the boring machine blade, it is hard to get a feel for its size.

ewok1993 said...

Cool shot. Very interesting post.

babooshka said...

This is such a strange sight to my eyes, but very ineresting,

Indrani said...

That is really HUGE! I would have worried too. :)

mannanan said...

Amazing and informative. Thank you for sharing.

Wren said...

That is impressive. I'm glad you explained, because I never would have guessed what this was. Let's hope the rolling away stays in your imagination - I wouldn't want to chase that down the street.

Robert V. Sobczak said...

It almost looks like a "giant circular razor" of the kind you see on a Norelco foamless razor. They are no longer in style, but may still exist.

Lilli & Nevada said...

WOW! that is very impressive piece of machinery. Thanks for sharing

Gaelyn said...

Interesting. What a huge piece of machinery. Hope it's tied down good.

soulbrush said...

how fascinating this is...wow, look so unbalanced....

pcpach said...

Must be quite the tunnel.

Inkivääri said...

Nice post of an interesting 'thing':)

2sweetnsaxy said...

So that's how they dig a tunnel! Wow! Thanks for showing that!
:-)

The Good Life in Virginia said...

what a fascinating post...that machine is awesome.

thanks for sharing with us.

Mar said...

I've driven so many times through that tunnel and never knew about Trude!

Lawstude said...

Amazing. This is the first time I have seen something like that. Thank you for sharing.

Esther Garvi said...

Wow, Trude is impressive!!! Sure would not want to have such a thing chasing after me... :-)

Arija said...

Very impressive piece of machinery. I'm glad it has been kept for display. You capture it so wellas well. I would be interested to know where on the Elbe it is situated. Local news filters slowly to Australia. The English Channel made news, but nothing shorter.
Very interesting post.

Louise said...

All I can say is "impressive." Wow!