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.

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