A specially-wrapped Kenworth W990 began its journey Wednesday transporting the 55th U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree from the tree-cutting ceremony in Carson National Forest in New Mexico to the tree-lighting ceremony in early December on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.
The theme of this year’s one-of-a-kind Kenworth is “Delivering Enchantment.” On the side of the hood, the graphics wrap showcases the New Mexico state flag, along with Shiprock, a mountain in the New Mexico desert. On the door and sleeper is the U.S. Capitol Building with a Christmas tree with the wording, “From the Land of Enchantment to Enchanting the Nation.”
The truck will be driven by drivers of Wilbanks Trucking Services out of Artesia, New Mexico, and will stop in 30 communities along its 2,000-mile trip. Wilbanks, a 100-truck fleet, specializes in hauling oversized, overweight loads, which made them a candidate to haul the tree on the 2,000-mile journey that will include stops in more than 30 communities.
The rig is equipped with a 76-inch mid-roof sleeper, a Paccar MX13 with a Paccar 12-speed automated manual transmission and Paccar 40K tandem rear axles.