286-ton transformer draws stares on long, slow journey to Windsor

Posted May 15, 2013, at 5:05 p.m.
A Maine Department of Transportation worker watches as a truck carrying a 286-ton electrical transformer across a bridge in downtown Searsport on Wednesday, May 15, 2013. Central Maine Power was moving the transformer from a cargo ship in Searsport to a new substation in Windsor. The journey is expected to take until Thursday and include several stops to reinforce bridges. Maine state police, local law enforcement, and the Maine Department of Transportation coordinated to ensure the passage of the massive transformer and the 16-axle truck that carried it.
A Maine Department of Transportation worker watches as a truck carrying a 286-ton electrical transformer across a bridge in downtown Searsport on Wednesday, May 15, 2013. Central Maine Power was moving the transformer from a cargo ship in Searsport to a new substation in Windsor. The journey is expected to take until Thursday and include several stops to reinforce bridges. Maine state police, local law enforcement, and the Maine Department of Transportation coordinated to ensure the passage of the massive transformer and the 16-axle truck that carried it.
A 286-ton electrical transformer waits to be transported through Belfast on Wednesday, May 15, 2013. Central Maine Power was moving the new transformer from a cargo ship in Searsport to a new substation in Windsor. The journey is expected to take until Thursday and include several stops to reinforce bridges. Maine state police, local law enforcement, and the Maine Department of Transportation coordinated to ensure the passage of the massive transformer and the 16-axle truck that carried it.
A 286-ton electrical transformer waits to be transported through Belfast on Wednesday, May 15, 2013. Central Maine Power was moving the new transformer from a cargo ship in Searsport to a new substation in Windsor. The journey is expected to take until Thursday and include several stops to reinforce bridges. Maine state police, local law enforcement, and the Maine Department of Transportation coordinated to ensure the passage of the massive transformer and the 16-axle truck that carried it.
A horse grazes in Swanville as a 286-ton electrical transformer slowly passes by on Wednesday, May 15, 2013. Central Maine Power was moving the new transformer from a cargo ship in Searsport to a substation in Windsor. The journey is expected to take until Thursday and include several stops to reinforce bridges. Maine State Police, local law enforcement, and the Maine Department of Transportation coordinated to ensure the passage of the massive transformer and the 16-axle truck that carried it.
A horse grazes in Swanville as a 286-ton electrical transformer slowly passes by on Wednesday, May 15, 2013. Central Maine Power was moving the new transformer from a cargo ship in Searsport to a substation in Windsor. The journey is expected to take until Thursday and include several stops to reinforce bridges. Maine State Police, local law enforcement, and the Maine Department of Transportation coordinated to ensure the passage of the massive transformer and the 16-axle truck that carried it.
Roger Rairdon snaps a photo as a  286-ton electrical transformer slowly passes by his home in Swanville on Wednesday, May 15, 2013. Central Maine Power was moving the new transformer from a cargo ship in Searsport to a substation in Windsor. The journey is expected to take until Thursday and include several stops to reinforce bridges. Maine state police, local law enforcement, and the Maine Department of Transportation coordinated to ensure the passage of the massive transformer and the 16-axle truck that carried it.
Roger Rairdon snaps a photo as a 286-ton electrical transformer slowly passes by his home in Swanville on Wednesday, May 15, 2013. Central Maine Power was moving the new transformer from a cargo ship in Searsport to a substation in Windsor. The journey is expected to take until Thursday and include several stops to reinforce bridges. Maine state police, local law enforcement, and the Maine Department of Transportation coordinated to ensure the passage of the massive transformer and the 16-axle truck that carried it.
A 286-ton electrical transformer was slowly transported through Belfast on Wednesday, May 15, 2013. Central Maine Power was moving the transformer from a cargo ship in Searsport to a new substation in Windsor. The journey is expected to take until Thursday and include several stops to reinforce bridges. Maine state police, local law enforcement, and the Maine Department of Transportation coordinated to ensure the passage of the massive transformer and the 16-axle truck that carried it.
A 286-ton electrical transformer was slowly transported through Belfast on Wednesday, May 15, 2013. Central Maine Power was moving the transformer from a cargo ship in Searsport to a new substation in Windsor. The journey is expected to take until Thursday and include several stops to reinforce bridges. Maine state police, local law enforcement, and the Maine Department of Transportation coordinated to ensure the passage of the massive transformer and the 16-axle truck that carried it.
Crews waited as a bridge was reinforced before transporting a 286-ton electrical transformer over it outside Belfast Wednesday, May 15, 2013. Central Maine Power was moving the new transformer from a cargo ship in Searsport to a new substation in Windsor. The journey is expected to take until Thursday and include several stops to reinforce bridges. Maine state police, local law enforcement, and the Maine Department of Transportation coordinated to ensure the passage of the massive transformer and the 16-axle truck that carried it.
Crews waited as a bridge was reinforced before transporting a 286-ton electrical transformer over it outside Belfast Wednesday, May 15, 2013. Central Maine Power was moving the new transformer from a cargo ship in Searsport to a new substation in Windsor. The journey is expected to take until Thursday and include several stops to reinforce bridges. Maine state police, local law enforcement, and the Maine Department of Transportation coordinated to ensure the passage of the massive transformer and the 16-axle truck that carried it.
Bart Skinner of Belfast watches as a  286-ton electrical transformer was slowly transported through the town on Wednesday, May 15, 2013. Central Maine Power was moving the new transformer from a cargo ship in Searsport to a new substation in Windsor. The journey is expected to take until Thursday and include several stops to reinforce bridges. Maine state police, local law enforcement, and the Maine Department of Transportation coordinated to ensure the safe and steady passage of the massive transformer and the 16-axle truck that carried it.
Bart Skinner of Belfast watches as a 286-ton electrical transformer was slowly transported through the town on Wednesday, May 15, 2013. Central Maine Power was moving the new transformer from a cargo ship in Searsport to a new substation in Windsor. The journey is expected to take until Thursday and include several stops to reinforce bridges. Maine state police, local law enforcement, and the Maine Department of Transportation coordinated to ensure the safe and steady passage of the massive transformer and the 16-axle truck that carried it.
A 16-axle, 128-tire truck carried a 286-ton electrical transformer outside Belfast on Wednesday, May 15, 2013. Central Maine Power was moving the new transformer from a cargo ship Searsport to a new substation in Windsor. The journey is expected to take until Thursday and include several stops to reinforce bridges before the transformer is carried over them. Maine state police, local law enforcement, and the Maine Department of Transportation coordinated to ensure the safe and steady passage of the massive transformer.
A 16-axle, 128-tire truck carried a 286-ton electrical transformer outside Belfast on Wednesday, May 15, 2013. Central Maine Power was moving the new transformer from a cargo ship Searsport to a new substation in Windsor. The journey is expected to take until Thursday and include several stops to reinforce bridges before the transformer is carried over them. Maine state police, local law enforcement, and the Maine Department of Transportation coordinated to ensure the safe and steady passage of the massive transformer.

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