If you didn't have a flatbed trailer truck to transport a much-needed utility pole over a moderate distance, and you couldn't just get a group together to carry it, how would you get it from one place to another? Especially considering the availability of such a truck is a luxury often taken for granted in more modern times.
Workers in Wenzhou in the Zhejiang province of China were able to figure out a solution when they didn't have such a truck. According to Jalopnik, the crew repurposed the front wheels of a tractor to carry and propel one end of the pole while a wagon to held up the other.
Watch the scene:
You may be wondering why this contraption is being reported on at all. Jason Torchinsky for Jalopnik thought this as well, making this observation:
It wasn't long ago that these improvised transportation solutions were used with incredible degrees of resourcefulness and, to Western eyes, danger. The fact that this is making news in China shows how uncommon this sort of thing has now become.
As wealth and safety standards improve globally, more and more of these locally engineered transportation solutions will be discarded in favor of more modern, safe, and, frankly, boring solutions.
You might also be surprised that such a simple news report showing the odd contraption headed down the road has a decent number of hits -- more than 11,000 -- since being posted on YouTube at the beginning of the week.