Bagger 1473

Bagger 1473 is a bucket-wheel excavator left abandoned in a field in the municipality of Schipkau in Germany.

The excavator was used at the Tagebau Meuro mine from 1965 to 2002.

After it was withdrawn from service, the municipalities Senftenberg, Großräschen, and Schipkau decided on a joint action to preserve the opencast mining machine. Between 29 August to 15 September 2003, Bagger 1473 was moved approximately 8.5 kilometres (5.3 mi) from the Meuro mine to near the EuroSpeedway Lausitz, where it would serve as a monument to the area's former lignite mining. The machine was moved across industrial roads and railways owned by the LMBV but public traffic was not affected.[1]

When Bagger 1473 became popular with the urban explorers, it was misidentified as Bagger 258 because of markings found on its information plate.[2]

 Bagger 258 at Tagebau Garzweiler  Bagger 1473
^ "LMBV-Schaufelradbagger auf letzter Fahrt" [Final journey for LMBV bucket-wheel excavator] (in German). Lausitzer und Mitteldeutsche Bergbau-Verwaltungsgesellschaft (LMBV). 28 August 2003. Retrieved 28 May 2019. ^ "Bagger 258: The "Blue Wonder"". Atlas Obscura. 16 May 2016. Retrieved 28 May 2019.
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