The “mother load” makes its way through Lusk


On Thursday September 20, 2018 the south side of Lusk was reminiscent of the Macy’s Day Parade. But it wasn’t character balloons and handlers making their way down the street. It was four oilfield compressor buildings that originated from Alberta, Canada and that are steadily inching their way to the Houston, Texas area.

The fleet of Heavy Haul power units and Specialized trailers were 24 feet wide, 27 feet high and varied in length from 208 to 258 feet long. 24 escort vehicles accompanied the caravan. Two companies were identified in the move.  In circumstances where equipment is larger than usual or over-dimensional, Calgary based Total Oilfield Rentals Ltd, has the equipment and the expertise to get the job done. Total provides an all-inclusive transportation services of overweight multidimensional cargo throughout North America, although particularly skilled in delivering these services in the harsh, remote northern climates. Their team of permit specialists, experienced supervisors and planners anticipate any issue and handle the immense logistical strategy

VersaBucket, LLC. is a customer service focused transportation services company based in the Houston, TX area that specializes in bucket truck escorts of oversize loads.

The shortest route from Alberta, Canada to Houston, Texas is 2,373 miles but there was more to consider than just the most direct route. The motorcade hit Lusk, after a brief shut down in Manville, at approximately 5:00 p.m. The first truck made the turn from Hwy. 18/20 south onto Hwy. 85. Cribbing was placed on the sidewalk alongside Lusk Game Processing, L.L.C. and the Rawhide Motel. The truck made the turn with only inches to spare and a round of applause from the onlookers. It took 45 minutes for all of the buildings to make the corner.

The procession parked their loads at the Outpost Truck Stop for the weekend and continued south at 9:00 a.m., Monday morning. One employee shared that their top speed was 40 m.p.h. Only 1,242 miles to go.

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