Big VAX shipping in Europe

Sean Caron scaron at
Tue Nov 18 10:31:54 CST 2014

I'm not sure how shipping works over in Europe and how the cost structure
is organized, but I just had two BA23s loaded with cards and drives shipped
to me from California to Michigan (around 2,600 miles) via palletized
freight and it wasn't bad at all (thanks Bob!)... the bottom line shipping
cost was around $190... around a dollar a pound. Of course, a VAX 6000
weighs significantly more than a few BA23s, LOL, but it might not be as bad
as people think... certainly "freight" shipping wasn't as bad cost-wise as
I had ever thought... there's a full ground route with the Chunnel, right?



On Tue, Nov 18, 2014 at 11:16 AM, William Donzelli <wdonzelli at>

> > I would *love* to get my hands on the larger VAXen. It would be such
> > a pity if they'd to to the scrapper... I do even have space and
> > three-phase power for thembut I see no straight-forward way to ship
> > them over here...
> OK, I am curious. No, I am not interested in the machines (unless it
> was a VAX 9000).
> How much could one reasonable expect to pay for getting a big VAX,
> lets say a 350 kg in the typical DEC cabinet, from mainland Europe to
> Britain? Or from Britain to mainland Europe? Or even to and from
> Scandinavia?
> Sure, one could hire movers and riggers - pay them enough and they
> will deliver a locomotive - but what about typical on-the-cheap
> hobbyist methods?
> --
> Will

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