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Kenworth T680 to Haul the Capitol Christmas Tree

October 12, 2015

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A specially decaled Kenworth T680 undertakes an important mission this fall – transporting this year’s U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree some 3,000 miles to 10 community celebrations en route to the tree-lighting event in Washington, D.C. Image: Kenworth
A specially decaled Kenworth T680 undertakes an important mission this fall – transporting this year’s U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree some 3,000 miles to 10 community celebrations en route to the tree-lighting event in Washington, D.C. Image: Kenworth

A Kenworth T680 will be transporting the 51st U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree this year, stopping at 10 community celebrations en route to the tree-lighting event in Washington D.C.

In advance of the tree-cutting ceremony on Oct. 27, Kenworth released a distinctive decal for the T680 showcasing several design details referencing the journey of the tree. The decal features the Chugach Mountains and the U.S. Capitol with the words “From the Northern Lights to the Capitol Lights.”

The decal also includes the official seal of the 2015 capitol Christmas tree with a map of the tour route it will take from on the way to Washington D.C. This year’s Capitol Christmas Tree is a 74-foot Lutz spruce that will be shipped from Anchorage, Alaska to the Port of Tacoma in Washington.

Lynden Transport driver, John Schank, will take the tree from Seattle on a 3,000 mile journey to the Capitol pulling a specially designed trailer. The T680 is a 76-inch mid-roof sleeper equipped with a  485 horsepower Paccar MX-13 engine.

“The tour of ‘The People’s Tree’ offers millions of Americans an opportunity to see our nation’s symbol of celebration,” said Kurt Swihart, Kenworth marketing director. “The Kenworth T680 mid-roof 76-inch sleeper offers the perfect spec’d truck to complete this important tour.”

The tour will include a stop at Kenworth’s Chillicothe, Ohio plant where the truck was built and will include community event in Chillicothe on Nov. 17.

For more information on the Capitol Christmas Tree, click here. The tree’s progress can also be tracked along its journey, here.

Comments

  1. 1. Paul G. [ October 13, 2015 @ 05:39AM ]

    So....... At least Ya'll have the decency to keep the title, "Christmas Tree". I do appreciate that, at least.

    Although, what happened to the title, "White House"????? Dang, my Baddd. That's a little too racists I suppose. Sorry.

    "________ & Change". We asked for it..... Well, not me.

  2. 2. Jimi [ October 15, 2015 @ 03:55PM ]

    Very proud of Paccar with their new Kenworth truck - love the decals and the look of the truck, very impressive! My wife worked at Paccar for 37 years and now my daughter works there, it's in our family's blood.

    PS for those confused over White House vs Capitol Hill where the legislature meets, therefor "Capitol Lights" the tree is not going to the White House.

 

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