Thursday, August 19, 2021

PPL transformer passes through Columbia


A trailer carrying a large transformer traveled through Columbia this morning on its 2-1/2-mile journey to a PPL substation on Stone House Lane in West Hempfield. The 210,000-pound transformer was offloaded from a railcar just north of the Veterans Memorial Bridge and onto a 36-wheel trailer that was operated remotely by a worker with a controller. A crew of about a half a dozen men with Edwards Moving from Kentucky lifted utility wires along the route to allow the 18-foot high load to pass. 

The step-down transformer was built by Delta Star, Inc. and reportedly will replace another transformer that was installed in the 1970s. Another transformer was transported through Columbia along a similar route that included Walnut Street, on Friday, February 26 of this year. 

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