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Special transport delivers Christmas tree


16/11/2016 | The time before Christmas is often full of challenges and that is also true for heavy haulage operators. Even though traction units and not reindeer pull the trailers and sleighs are replaced by flatbed trucks, it is always something special for the drivers to deliver some 30-metre-tall conifers from the woods to the popular Christmas markets. This year, Felbermayr and Bau-Trans did so, among others, for the Christmas markets in Vienna and Munich.

The spruce that this year adorns Vienna’s Rathausplatz square is 27 metres tall, weighs about seven and a half tonnes and is roughly 130 years old. “The special transport originated in the city’s own water protection woods in the border region between Lower Austria and Styria at the Semmering,” Felbermayr Project Manager Martin Mayer reports. After the tree had been felled and the first stage of the special transport had been completed, the conifer was stored for a few days at Felbermayr’s site in Lanzendorf close to Vienna. In early November and accompanied by a police escort, the conifer was transported to Vienna and delivered to Rathausplatz square.

The “landmark” of Munich’s Christmas market on Marienplatz square was delivered by Felbermayr subsidiary Bau-Trans. This transport’s departure point was the municipality of Weiler-Simmerberg in the Allgäu region. “The route with a length of some 200 kilometres was covered with a three-axle vessel bed equipped with extension girders,” says Ingo Müller and goes on to explain that Bau-Trans also used a mobile crane to fell the tree. At an age of some 70 years, the career of Munich’s Christmas tree experienced a rather early high point. The reason for that was the fact that it had threatened a residential building in front of which it had stood.

Markus Lackner