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Ninety Tons Dead Weight


Series Name
Rhodesian Spotlight


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Length of issue (in feet)
Stories in this Issue:
  1. 1Official Visit to Arundel
  2. 2Ninety Tons Dead Weight
  3. 3Proud Record
  4. 4Aftermath of an ill wind.
  5. 5Luanshya Sees a turn of Speed
  6. 6Change of Governors in Nyasaland
  7. 7Records at Marlborough


Story No. within this Issue
2 / 7
Rhodesian Spotlight synopsis: A 90 ton Transformer is moved from the siding to the switching station at Nkana.
Rhodesian Spotlight Commentary - The heaviest single road lift in Southern African history was necessary to move a 90 ton Transformer from Nkana Mine Railway Siding to the Switching Station a road journey of 4 1/2 miles.
The trailer carrying the Transformer was built in Johannesburg specificate, for this purpose and will move a second 90 ton Transformer in 4 or 5 months time. 4 1/2 miles seems to be no distance at all, but the journey took an hour and a half to complete.
The Transformers will be used to step down voltage from the Belgian Congo hydro electric scheme when it comes into operation. It says much for the manner in which the move was planned, that it went into position without a hitch.
Railways; Transport; Energy resources
Written sources
bund   BUND No. 107139 - used for synopsis
Movietone boxfile no.1
Production Co.
Central African Film Unit
Length of story (in feet)

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