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These giant machines cover the world of mining, transport, space and shipping. Do you know any that are bigger?


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1) Dual Cat Hauler

2) Bagger 288: World's Largest Digging Machine

The bucket-wheeler excavator, built by the German company Krupp, is a mobile strip mining machine. It is the largest tracked vehicle in the world at 13,500 tons. However, Bagger is powered from an external source and is more correctly described as a mining machine which can be moved. Height: 95m, Length: 215m.


3) Largest Earth-hauling Truck in the World

The Liebherr T 282B is used in surface mines around the world. Driven by a 90 liter diesel engine producing 3650 horsepower. Weight: empty 203 tons; maximum capacity 365 tons; maximum operating weight 592 tons. Length: 14.5m, Height: 7.4m, Wheelbase: 6.6m, Top Speed: 40 mph, Cost: US$3.5M


4) New 800-ton Mining Excavator

At the MINExpo 2008 in Las Vegas, Liebherr announced the R 9800 Mining Excava-tor. Rated at 800 tons of service weight the R 9800 provides a nominal bucket capacity of 38 to 42 m³. This new flagship of Liebherr mining excavators’ range is targeting bucket loads of 75 tons in both versions, as a backhoe and a shovel execution.


5) Knock Nevis

Is a floating storage and offloading unit owned by the Fred Olsen Production of Norway. It was previously a supertanker and held the record for the world's largest ship.Length: 458m, Width: 69m, Height: 30m, Weight: 564,763 tons. When fully laden a draft of 24.6m rendered it unable to navigate the English Channel, Suez Canal or Panama Canal.


6) NASA Crawler Transporter

Space shuttle Discovery makes its way up the 5 percent grade to the hard stand of Launch Pad 39B. 131 feet long and 113 feet wide, with a flat upper deck measuring 90 feet square. Powered by two 2,750-horsepower diesel engines. The hydraulic system includes 16 jacking, equalizing and levelling cylinders, which keep the crawler's surface level at all times.


7) Largest and Heaviest Land Vehicle.

The TAKRAF RB293 is a giant bucket-wheel excavator used in Australia for removing over-burden from a brown coal mine in Victoria. Height:94.5m, Length:220m, Weight:14,196 tons, Operation: requires five people to operate, Bucket Wheel: 21m, It can move 240,000 cubic meters of earth per day.


8) TGV Record 574.8 km

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9) Mine Truck

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10) Typhoon Class Submarine

A nuclear powered ballistic missile submarine deployed by the Soviet Navy in the 1980s. With a maximum displacement of 33,800 tons, the Typhoons are the largest class of submarine ever built. In its day it was one of the most feared weapons of mass destruction ever made.


11) Airbus A380

The largest passenger airliner in the world, the A380 made its maiden flight on 27 April 2005. With 50% more floor space than the next largest airliner, the Boeing 747-400, and providing seating for up to 853 people in all economy class configuration.


12) Australian Road Train

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