Destination Saudi Arabia
In December 1962 Edward Beck & Son undertook a job on behalf of Daniel Adamson & Co Ltd which involved transporting one of the biggest loads ever to cross the Pennines at that time.
Destined for the Arabian-American oil refinery in Saudi Arabia the 121 foot long welded steel pressure column would take four days to arrived at Middlesbrough docks.
In 1962 there was no M62 over the Pennines so the route taken was carefully planned using 'A' roads which passed through places such as Ashton-under-Lyne, Saddleworth, Huddersfield, Leeds etc on a journey which took four days.
The movement was well documented at the time and i would imagine somewhere out there is quite a number of other images taken during that long journey.
Another shot of the 'Big Bopper' as it negotiates the left turn out of Adamson Street on to Dewsnap Lane in Dukinfield.
Destined for Middlesbrough docks this was one of the biggest loads ever to cross the Pennines at that time.
The load, 121 foot long, was a welded steel pressure column built for the Arabian-American oil refinery in Saudi Arabia.
Today this particular location has not changed that much although the corner shop is now a house with the nearby former premises of Daniel Adamson & Co Ltd now a large private housing estate.
After collecting this 121 foot long welded steel pressure column from the Daniel Adamson & Co Ltd factory in Dukinfield the load slowly makes its way down the A670 Stamford Street into the town of Mossley in Tameside.
Destined for Middlesbrough docks, a journey which took four days to complete in the days before the building of the M62, this was one of the biggest loads ever to cross the Pennines at that time.
You can see this exact location today by clicking HERE