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Dirt Digger2
09-28-2008, 04:28 PM
building this big natural gas pipeline through central PA here...all these pictures were taken within a 2 mile stretch, it was really muddy today so i was a little bummers it was too wet for me to drive the pipeline and possibly find more equipment, but this is one crews worth of equipment here....enjoy

we'll start with the two backfill machines

http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll165/dirtdigger2/Heavy%20Equipment%20and%20Farming/pipelinepics005.jpg
http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll165/dirtdigger2/Heavy%20Equipment%20and%20Farming/pipelinepics014.jpg
http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll165/dirtdigger2/Heavy%20Equipment%20and%20Farming/pipelinepics015.jpg
http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll165/dirtdigger2/Heavy%20Equipment%20and%20Farming/pipelinepics016.jpg
http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll165/dirtdigger2/Heavy%20Equipment%20and%20Farming/pipelinepics017.jpg
http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll165/dirtdigger2/Heavy%20Equipment%20and%20Farming/pipelinepics018.jpg

Dirt Digger2
09-28-2008, 04:30 PM
more of the two backfilling machines i found

http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll165/dirtdigger2/Heavy%20Equipment%20and%20Farming/pipelinepics021.jpg
http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll165/dirtdigger2/Heavy%20Equipment%20and%20Farming/pipelinepics020.jpg
http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll165/dirtdigger2/Heavy%20Equipment%20and%20Farming/pipelinepics019.jpg

now i believe this machine is probably a backfill helper and also the access road maintenance dozer

http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll165/dirtdigger2/Heavy%20Equipment%20and%20Farming/pipelinepics008.jpg
http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll165/dirtdigger2/Heavy%20Equipment%20and%20Farming/pipelinepics009.jpg
http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll165/dirtdigger2/Heavy%20Equipment%20and%20Farming/pipelinepics010.jpg
http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll165/dirtdigger2/Heavy%20Equipment%20and%20Farming/pipelinepics011.jpg
hhttp://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll165/dirtdigger2/Heavy%20Equipment%20and%20Farming/pipelinepics012.jpg
http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll165/dirtdigger2/Heavy%20Equipment%20and%20Farming/pipelinepics013.jpg

Dirt Digger2
09-28-2008, 04:35 PM
here are more of the machines i found....overall there were (3) 330's, (2) 345's, (1) D8, (1)D7, and an 853 pipelayer....i would have loved to see the piplayers on this job..the pipe was 36" pipe and in the wet areas it was concrete coated so i am sure they had some big layers...maybe if i swing out there next week they might have them onsite

http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll165/dirtdigger2/Heavy%20Equipment%20and%20Farming/pipelinepics024.jpg
http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll165/dirtdigger2/Heavy%20Equipment%20and%20Farming/pipelinepics029.jpg
http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll165/dirtdigger2/Heavy%20Equipment%20and%20Farming/pipelinepics030.jpg
http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll165/dirtdigger2/Heavy%20Equipment%20and%20Farming/pipelinepics031.jpg
http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll165/dirtdigger2/Heavy%20Equipment%20and%20Farming/pipelinepics032.jpg
http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll165/dirtdigger2/Heavy%20Equipment%20and%20Farming/pipelinepics035.jpg


this guy came a long way...i am guessing it is the welding crews pipelayer

http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll165/dirtdigger2/Heavy%20Equipment%20and%20Farming/pipelinepics034.jpg
http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll165/dirtdigger2/Heavy%20Equipment%20and%20Farming/pipelinepics033.jpg

Dirt Digger2
09-28-2008, 04:38 PM
here are a few of the project/driving

http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll165/dirtdigger2/Heavy%20Equipment%20and%20Farming/pipelinepics038-1.jpg
http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll165/dirtdigger2/Heavy%20Equipment%20and%20Farming/pipelinepics037.jpg
http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll165/dirtdigger2/Heavy%20Equipment%20and%20Farming/pipelinepics036.jpg
http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll165/dirtdigger2/Heavy%20Equipment%20and%20Farming/pipelinepics028.jpghttp://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll165/dirtdigger2/Heavy%20Equipment%20and%20Farming/pipelinepics023.jpg
http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll165/dirtdigger2/Heavy%20Equipment%20and%20Farming/pipelinepics022.jpg
http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll165/dirtdigger2/Heavy%20Equipment%20and%20Farming/pipelinepics006.jpghttp://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll165/dirtdigger2/Heavy%20Equipment%20and%20Farming/pipelinepics007.jpg

Scag48
09-28-2008, 04:40 PM
I would LOVE to be on a pipeline crew. Always white knuckling through the woods on steep slopes. I am finally officially pipeline certified, got my card in the mail 2 weeks ago. About time, took the test and all that good stuff about 4 months ago during training. Sometime during my lifetime I'd like to travel with a pipeline crew.

Dirt Digger2
09-28-2008, 04:40 PM
heres just a crumby video of 4-wheeling through the "access roads" that the state forest opened up for the pipe crews

http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll165/dirtdigger2/Heavy%20Equipment%20and%20Farming/pipelinepics026.jpg
http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll165/dirtdigger2/Heavy%20Equipment%20and%20Farming/Heavy%20Equipment%20and%20Farming%20Vidoes/th_pipelinepics039.jpg (http://s288.photobucket.com/albums/ll165/dirtdigger2/Heavy%20Equipment%20and%20Farming/Heavy%20Equipment%20and%20Farming%20Vidoes/?action=view&current=pipelinepics039.flv)

bobcat_ron
09-28-2008, 04:49 PM
What's the chunk of plating for on the blade of the D7? I'm thinking a laser mount, or an anchor point at best?

That "mesh" bucket on the 330DL is for digging in trenches that are full of water (to keep them from collapsing), the mud stays in the bucket and the water passes out, I've seen that used before, it also makes a good ditch cleaning bucket.

Dirt Digger2
09-28-2008, 04:55 PM
What's the chunk of plating for on the blade of the D7? I'm thinking a laser mount, or an anchor point at best?

That "mesh" bucket on the 330DL is for digging in trenches that are full of water (to keep them from collapsing), the mud stays in the bucket and the water passes out, I've seen that used before, it also makes a good ditch cleaning bucket.

the plate i don't know....anchor point probably, both dozers had one

the mesh bucket is for backfilling...i went out there friday when they were working (when i discovered the job) and the 330 was up on the hill and he would pick up a bucket then shake it to put fine dirt around the pipe...once the pipe was covered he would scoop whatever he could and cover the rest, as you can tell the pipeline here is going through a mountain so it is rock and more rock...they don't want to larger rocks next to the pipe....i wouldnt want to be the operator on the machine, it looked like he was really getting jared around by shaking fines out of his bucket

Gravel Rat
09-28-2008, 05:01 PM
What a muddy site to work on and that looks like the kind of mud once it dries in the undercarriage its there for life :laugh:

I guess when your at work you wear hip waders regular gum boots are not tall enough :cry:

Dirt Digger2
09-28-2008, 05:20 PM
this particular area was in a valley between peaks where a stream flows....the site on friday was bone dry, thats why i was hoping i would be able to drive it in my truck, but it rained the last 2 days here so when i got out there i didn't want to risk getting stuck with nobody around to pull me out (i didn't even have cell phone service)...so i just got out and walked on top of the pipe line out of the mud

the crew must have worked in the rain saturday because i don't know why else their machines would be so muddy...regardless they will have their fun tomorrow when they get out there and can't drive their trucks to get to the machines

DBL
09-28-2008, 06:53 PM
damn you go up to school and you still cant stay out of the mud

AintNoFun
09-28-2008, 07:04 PM
whose doing all the work? is it a big national company or a local guy?

Dirt Digger2
09-28-2008, 07:14 PM
damn you go up to school and you still cant stay out of the mud

Tom you should have seen me...my friggin pants were covered in mud...truck is filthy, but it was a great way to spend a Sunday morning


whose doing all the work? is it a big national company or a local guy?

I have no idea...i have been trying to research that..Pipeline Machinery is a dealership with 3 locations in the country...none are near here...when i went to the job Friday there were 5 trucks parked along the road...1 from West Virginia, 1 from Montana, 1 from PA, 1 from Wyoming, and 1 from somewhere else...the superindents all drive brand new Dodge trucks but the names are not on the side....Dominion Transmissions is the owner of the pipeline and the project is called the Cove Point Expansion if you go to their website, nowhere could i find a list of contractors though

best guess is a national pipelining contractor...i would just really like to find out their name to see if they are hiring engineers in the spring when i graduate...this is the exact type of work i would like to get involved with

Dirtman2007
09-28-2008, 08:10 PM
Great pictures you took. I did the same thing today but I took out the 4 wheeler instead as it was muddy a hell here too. Found some sweet machines along the way.

Here's a couple. Don't want to rob ur thread.

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/Random%20Construction/013-6.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee145/Letsdig18/Random%20Construction/012-7.jpg

Dirt Digger2
09-28-2008, 08:32 PM
hmmmm i dont know dirtman...those pictures look awful familiar...maybe from another site? haha


i wish i would have had a quad with a winch cause i woulda gone balls to the wall through there...or atleast if i would have had a buddy with me i could have pulled myself out with the machines, the area was pretty secluded and the keys were still in most of the equipment...plus i have my equipment keys in my truck too

Dirt Digger2
09-28-2008, 08:37 PM
all the machines had around 2100 hours on them so i am guessing they were all bought new for the start of the project...

also anyone notice those single grousers on that first 330 i have pictured?...awesome

Dirtman2007
09-28-2008, 09:05 PM
Hell yeah on going ball out down those right of ways. Until you go flying through what appeared to be only 4" deep water hole and bury that bad boy over the front bumper in the middle of BF Egypt with not equipment for a mile... not fun!

But yeah you sure can cover some ground quick with one plus it's fun as all get out flying around and having rooster tails of mud fling up behind you.

I saw those tracks on the 330, good for traction on those steep, wet slopes.

Scag48
09-28-2008, 09:20 PM
also anyone notice those single grousers on that first 330 i have pictured?...awesome

I did, doesn't surprise me. You'd think doubles would be fine, but the singles would definately be the ultimate setup.

Dirt Digger2
09-28-2008, 10:35 PM
what was interesting...i should have got a picture but didn't...the other two 330s and one of the 345's had triple grousers but looked like they welded extensions on one grouser per pad so essentially they too had single grousers

jcbgm
09-28-2008, 10:42 PM
Who was the WV company? ST Pipeline? CJ Hughes? Pipelining is going strong right now. If you notice, most operators on these jobs are seasoned vets. These are some of the most dangerous jobs out there.

Right now we have 1 customer who is doing 9 miles of 18 inch through southern WV (steep mountains). He's renting 5 220s from us and 1 290. Job started up fast. We welded grousers on one of the 220s for them. Didn't have time to do the others.

You wouldn't believe the slopes that they take these machines on. The all run D6s with angle blades for right of way work. 6 ways are not cared for. Winching the excavators down slopes that the grousers won't hold is common.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v677/hysterwv/elkriver.jpg?t=1222652368

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v677/hysterwv/elkriver2.jpg?t=1222652402

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v677/hysterwv/elkriver3.jpg?t=1222652439

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v677/hysterwv/elkriver4.jpg?t=1222652470

Dirtman2007
09-28-2008, 10:43 PM
what was interesting...i should have got a picture but didn't...the other two 330s and one of the 345's had triple grousers but looked like they welded extensions on one grouser per pad so essentially they too had single grousers

Yeah I see what your talking about. Never seen that done before.


You can see it in this picture of yours
http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll165/dirtdigger2/Heavy%20Equipment%20and%20Farming/pipelinepics029.jpg

jcbgm
09-28-2008, 10:59 PM
The plate on the front is for an anchor point. BIG slopes would require 2 dozoers winched together to hold onto those 330s. If you would have looked closely, the x-frames on the excavators probably had HUGE (2" solid square steel) welded (triple pass) recovery points. No one trusts the holes that are cut into the frame from the factory.

The single grousers are just dozer grousers. Bolt 'em on and go.

Junior M
09-28-2008, 10:59 PM
Can you really tell a difference between regular tracks and tracks with, um grousers I think is what you called them? They dont look tall enough to make that much of a difference on that 330 in the above post

jcbgm
09-28-2008, 11:06 PM
YES!! It's hard to tell from my pictures, but these are seriously steep slopes. First thing these guys do is "grubbing". Knock down trees and set them to the low side. This will stop you from sliding over a mountain if you break free.

If there are rock outcroppings on the hill, you go back with your hammer to make it a constant slope. The dozers then come in to widen things out and clean things up.

On the hill where I took these pics, the 220 just slid down to the bottom of the hill. He knocked his trees down and had to crawl back up to let the D6 go down. Typically, they like to climb up with the bucket facing uphill. You just grab a bite, pull yourself up, and the grousers hold you in place until you get another bite with the bucket. If you try to push yourself up without grousers, you just slide back down everytime you try to get another bite.

No one like running the winchline. Major PITA. Everything is winched here. Road tractors have solid bumpers with shackles and are winched around the site with loads of pipe.

Dirtman2007
09-28-2008, 11:07 PM
Can you really tell a difference between regular tracks and tracks with, um grousers I think is what you called them? They dont look tall enough to make that much of a difference on that 330 in the above post

big time difference.

Example: A dozer with good tracks will climb up a wet steep hill without spinning. Then try to climb the same hill in a excavator with triple grousers and the excavator will just get to a point and just start spinning once the tracks get full of mud. single grousers will just dig in and keep going... to a point that is.

Junior M
09-28-2008, 11:12 PM
Ok, so why wouldnt three be better? Just because there is less to fill up so they fill up with mud alot faster?

jcbgm
09-28-2008, 11:13 PM
You got it!!

MRBsx2
09-28-2008, 11:33 PM
First off, Cool pics that looks like a hell of a project goin on i know the terain around there and it must be crazy running that equipment around there.
Where abouts is that job? i went to college at penn state williamsport and two of my buddys went to main campus where you are at, so i was there all the tiime. we use to ride snowmobile all over around there and that is why i was wondering where this line is goin in at b/c i might have rode through there. Matter of face we were just up there last february riding in the last snow.

Dirt Digger2
09-28-2008, 11:53 PM
JLM the more grousers you have the more mud gets in there and essentially turns them into flat tracks that get no traction...triple grousers are usually standard on hoes because they typically don't need the extra traction on a regular job and triple grousers or "street pads" wont tear up blacktop if you run them on the road....single grousers don't clog with mud and get a lot more traction at the expense you're going to tear up the ground below you more


JCGBM....the west virgina truck was just a private truck..no name, most likely the job is union and they are just bringing in operators from all over the country

Hollowellreid
09-28-2008, 11:56 PM
I like how the key is just in the Cat Dozer.

I assume the door was just open as well?

We at least try to hide the key.....kinda....most of the time....

Dirt Digger2
09-28-2008, 11:56 PM
First off, Cool pics that looks like a hell of a project goin on i know the terain around there and it must be crazy running that equipment around there.
Where abouts is that job? i went to college at penn state williamsport and two of my buddys went to main campus where you are at, so i was there all the tiime. we use to ride snowmobile all over around there and that is why i was wondering where this line is goin in at b/c i might have rode through there. Matter of face we were just up there last february riding in the last snow.

well i have seen it cross under route 220 on the other side of the state prison...these particular pictures are in Rothrock State forest...behind Tussey Mountain...this is a replacement project..most of the area was already clear cut, they are digging up the old line and replacing it with larger pipe...according to Dominion Transmissions website

MRBsx2
09-29-2008, 08:40 PM
oh ok i know where they are at. We ride over to the ski resort on tussy mountain. Figured i would ask, i knew it had to be some where i would know
any way nice pics..

Dirt Digger2
10-26-2008, 02:38 PM
more gifts!!

http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll165/dirtdigger2/10-26-08014.jpg
http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll165/dirtdigger2/10-26-08015.jpg
http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll165/dirtdigger2/10-26-08016.jpg
http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll165/dirtdigger2/10-26-08017.jpg
http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll165/dirtdigger2/10-26-08018.jpg
http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll165/dirtdigger2/10-26-08019.jpg

Dirt Digger2
10-26-2008, 02:39 PM
http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll165/dirtdigger2/10-26-08020.jpg
http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll165/dirtdigger2/10-26-08021.jpg
http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll165/dirtdigger2/10-26-08022.jpg
http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll165/dirtdigger2/10-26-08024.jpghttp://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll165/dirtdigger2/10-26-08025.jpg


must have had a breakdown
http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll165/dirtdigger2/10-26-08023.jpg

and two others i found

http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll165/dirtdigger2/10-26-08026.jpg
http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll165/dirtdigger2/10-26-08027.jpg

YellowDogSVC
10-26-2008, 04:11 PM
wow that's some serious iron. That D8 and the D7H both look TOUGH! I bet the PC400 could pull a few trees out of the ground in my line of work.

Gravel Rat
10-26-2008, 11:30 PM
The old line skidder needs some new tires not much traction there :laugh:

There is more dozers there than there is in all of B.C. :hammerhead:

bobcat_ron
10-26-2008, 11:32 PM
There is more dozers there than there is in all of B.C. :hammerhead:

And better operators too I bet.

Gravel Rat
10-26-2008, 11:38 PM
A good Cat skinner is hard to find because the use of bulldozers is almost non existant in construction.

Dirt Digger2
11-09-2008, 03:00 PM
alright boys we have some updates...they are finishing the job in this area so heres some raking and seeding pictures

http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll165/dirtdigger2/11-9-08004.jpg
http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll165/dirtdigger2/11-9-08005.jpg
http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll165/dirtdigger2/11-9-08006.jpg
http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll165/dirtdigger2/11-9-08007.jpg
http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll165/dirtdigger2/11-9-08008.jpg
http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll165/dirtdigger2/11-9-08010.jpg
http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll165/dirtdigger2/11-9-08011.jpg
http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll165/dirtdigger2/11-9-08012.jpg

Dirt Digger2
11-09-2008, 03:03 PM
and we have some random pictures of the job

http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll165/dirtdigger2/11-9-08001.jpg
http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll165/dirtdigger2/11-9-08002.jpg
http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll165/dirtdigger2/11-9-08003.jpg
http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll165/dirtdigger2/11-9-08013.jpg

i lucked out...it was mostly dry today so i drove a few miles of the pipeline...

4Lo is the only way to go

http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll165/dirtdigger2/11-9-08014.jpg

http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll165/dirtdigger2/11-9-08015.jpg

these pictures do no justice to how steep this one hill was....and i was going to try and climb a steeper one...haha yea right

http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll165/dirtdigger2/11-9-08016.jpg


i said "mostly dry"

http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll165/dirtdigger2/11-9-08017.jpg
http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll165/dirtdigger2/11-9-08018.jpg

bobcat_ron
11-09-2008, 03:23 PM
I am surprised you were allowed to drive on their ROW, most companies piss and moan, one company here (which due to some lawsuits I can't name, but their name rhymes with "pinder forgan") claims they don't wan't any excessive "weight" on their lines when you drive on their ROW's.

Dirt Digger2
11-09-2008, 03:38 PM
i wont be able to drive on the ROW's when they finish up...they put big boulders and gates across the lines where it intersects the gravel roads...so i am guessing this will be the last weekend i will be able to drive the line...i imagine by next weekend they will be completely done here in the State Forest, and all the other areas where this line runs around here is on private farms and i wont drive on a farmers field because they will see me and come after me knowing the guys up here

bobcatuser
11-09-2008, 03:41 PM
I am surprised you were allowed to drive on their ROW, most companies piss and moan, one company here (which due to some lawsuits I can't name, but their name rhymes with "pinder forgan") claims they don't wan't any excessive "weight" on their lines when you drive on their ROW's.

I can remember working on a job in Port Kells near a natural gas ROW, a helicopter would come and buzz us daily.

Dirt Digger2
11-09-2008, 03:44 PM
I can remember working on a job in Port Kells near a natural gas ROW, a helicopter would come and buzz us daily.

oh yea, they do that everywhere around here

there is a pipeline running from the south up to somewhere in the north...every 2 weeks they send a small plane or helicopter to fly the line and look for turned up dirt around it to make sure nobody is tapping into the line

GradeMan
11-09-2008, 04:05 PM
the gear doesn't look to be in to bad of shape for a union job
That stuff will be at RB next year I bet

Dirt Digger2
11-09-2008, 04:15 PM
its all brand new...everything there had around 2200 hours on it so i am guessing they bought it all at the start of the job...that crawler dump only has 190 hours on it!

CarterKraft
11-09-2008, 04:20 PM
I am gonna have to post some pictures of our Barnett Shale pipelines.

The oldest tractor I have seen is probablly a series 2 D6R, not very old.

Most lines have 3 or 4 D8T's, 4 to 5 330D's and misc 572R's.

I got some pictures last week on my camera phone of a 20T snatch block in the cab with the operator, not pretty to say the least.

Gravel Rat
11-09-2008, 07:44 PM
They did a nice job. Get some grass planted it will look better.

The machines are probably Cat lease or long term rentals. Doubt you will see any at Ritchie Bros they may end up going to mining operations.