The world's largest dump-truck has been produced and unveiled in the United States. Built in?
CU Girls ZOOM BACK to show truck
LV Truck dumping
HA Visitors - journalists
SV Truck moves along road (3 shots)
CU Driver PAN through to windscreen
SV Low angles..showing wheel size (2 shots)
MV Truck moving (3 shots)
Initials ES.1555 ES.1600
Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
Background: The world's largest dump-truck has been produced and unveiled in the United States. Built in Cleveland, Ohio, the vehicle -- designed to carry 210 tons -- is powered by a turbine-electric engine. It was built for off-road mining and construction projects. This film, showing the unveiling ceremony, comes from the manufacturers.
SYNOPSIS: While United States car makers are busy introduction their 1972 models, an American truck maker unveiled one of the world's largest dump trucks last week. Built for mining and construction projects, the vehicle is the first of its kind to be designed entirely for turbine-electric power. It's called the Euclid R-210, because of its 210-ton payload capacity, and is manufactured in Cleveland, Ohio. People are dwarfed by the mechanical giant, which stands four-and-one-half storeys tall when the body is raised. The truck weights 250 thousand pounds empty and rides on eight tyres, each ten and one-half feet tall.
Operation is simple and much like driving a car. Despite the truck's massive proportions, the turbine-electric power plant weighs 15 tons less than comparably-powered diesel engines. Its makers say this power concept is the only workable solution to the further development of giant off-road trucks. Price of the new truck will be about a half-million dollars...with tyres at 88,000 dollars a set.