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145-tonne transformer completes difficult journey to the Highlands


 United Kingdom, Scotland: A slow-moving trailer carrying a giant transformer for a substation in Sutherland has completed the last leg of its journey two days ago.

The 145-tonne transformer was delivered by sea to Invergordon, Scotland and then set off for Loch Buidhe substation, five miles north of Bonar Bridge, reports The Press and Journal.

The multi-axle trailer carrying the machinery had to negotiate a 20-mile drive along the A9 before turning off onto the windy A949 road and travelling another 11 miles to Bonar Bridge via Spinningdale.

The truck then turned right onto the narrow Migdale road, where a series of improvements have been made over the past 18 months to strengthen and widen the existing road surface in preparation.

Another slow-moving convoy with a police escort, carrying a second transformer of the same weight, is due to leave Invergordon for Loch Buidhe today.

The transformers are being transported for Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) and their lead contractor at Loch Buidhe, BAM Siemens.

Source: The Press and Journal