Tunnel Trucks A Hit At Atlantic Antic
If smiles are the measurement, one thing is very clear: kids of all ages LOVE trucks.
People lined up and took turns taking pictures and climbing into the cabs of Bridges and Tunnels ‘specialty trucks, which were part of the Transit Museum’s display at the Sept. 29 Atlantic Antic street festival.
Bridges and Tunnels Maintainers, Freddie Rivera, Anthony Napoli, Scott Fantini and Barry Heller were on hand to answer questions about the 1974 Tunnel Wrecker truck, nicknamed “the Monster of the Tunnels,” and the Tunnel Wash Truck.
“We’ve been participating in the event since 2005 when the Transit Museum first came to us,” said Victor Cardella, Acting Chief Maintenance Officer for Bridges and Tunnels. “It’s definitely one of the more enjoyable assignments our employees get to do because kids love getting up close and touching the trucks.” (That goes for some adults as well.)
The compact, square H&H Tunnel Wrecker truck was built to be able to operate in tight places like tunnels and is equipped to tow everything from a compact car to a tractor-trailer. The Tunnel Wash truck, circa 2000 and the oldest in the Bridges and Tunnels fleet, is used to wash the walls of the Queens Midtown and Hugh L. Carey Tunnels two or three times a month.
“This is something we look forward to each year,” Cardella said. “We get to talk with people and let them know a little more about our agency, and in return we get a year’s worth of smiles.”