The 100 million Bagger 288 (Excavator 288), built by the German company Krupp (now ThyssenKrupp) for the energy and mining firm Rheinbraun, is a bucket-wheel excavator or mobile strip mining machine. When its construction was completed in 1978, Bagger 288 superseded NASA’s Crawler-Transporter, used to carry the Space Shuttle and Apollo Saturn V launch vehicle, as the largest land vehicle in the world.
Bagger 288 Bucket-Wheel Excavator, built by Krupp of Germany. Over 700 feet long and 300 feet high, it was built in 1978 to work Germanys coal mines, and is actually part of a family of similar colossi. For the most part, the Bagger stays where it is: it moves at a literal crawl at 30 feet a minute at most, and requires an external generator cranking out nearly 17 megawatts just to operate. Worlds largest tracked vehicle