Updated 09/20/2012 12:37 PM
RG&E Hauls 186 Ton Transformer
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RG&E's plan to improve its electrical and natural gas systems meant a major move Thursday for a new transformer.
RG&E hired big rig moving company, Bigge Crane and Rigging, to haul a new 186 ton transformer to a substation. The two mile journey began at 9:00 a.m. and took about two hours.
RG&E mounted the transformer on an 12-axle crawler. The transformer was moved slowly down Atlantic Avenue over to Culver Road, Humboldt, Carlson and then to its final stop at a substation located off of Blossom Road.
"This is a self-propelled trailer and it runs off of a remote. We have an operator who walks with it and he is able to manage all of the controls from there; raising, lowering, tilting, forward and reverse all from that one control box," said Chris Brown, Bigge's Project Manager.
This is the first of three, 40 foot long, 186 ton transformers RG&E is moving. It's part of RG&E's $1.2 billion investment in system improvements. RG&E will move two more of the transformers from Macedon to Penfield in a couple of weeks.