​U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Completes 2,000 Mile Journey to Washington, D.C.

January 2020

A Kenworth W990, hauling the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree – a 60-foot Blue Spruce cut from the Carson National Forest in New Mexico has completed the 2,000-mile delivery to Washington D.C. The Capitol Christmas Tree, transported by Wilbanks Trucking Services, stopped at more than 25 community events during its journey across America.

A special tree lighting ceremony on Dec. 4 was hosted by the Architect of the Capitol, in conjunction with the U.S. Speaker of the House.

The Kenworth W990 that delivered the tree features a distinctive graphics package that showcases the New Mexico state flag, along with Ship Rock, a 7,177 foot-high mountain rock that resembles a 19th century clipper ship. On the door and sleeper, the U.S. Capitol Building is shown with a Christmas tree, with the wording: “From the Land of Enchantment to Enchanting the Nation” written above the graphics.

Featuring a 76-inch mid-rood sleeper, the W990 is spec’d with the PACCAR Powertrain – a PACCAR MX-13 engine rated at 455-hp and 1,650 lb-ft of torque, 12-speed automated transmission, and 40K tandem rear axle. The truck was also specified with the Limited Edition interior, premium GT703 seats and audio system, Kenworth Nav+HD, predictive cruise control, 1800W inverter, 180-degree swivel passenger seat, and Kenworth TruckTech+® remote diagnostics.


Shown are representatives of Wilbanks Trucking Services, which used a Kenworth W990 to

From left are: Josh Garcia, Field Superintendent, and second W990 driver; Nathan Cornil, IT Manager; Shane Phipps, Safety Director; Lance Wilbanks, CEO; Jeremy Rice, Field Superintendent; Brumbach Stephens, Salesman and third W990 driver; and Josh Rice, Terminal Manager & Crane Manager, and first W990 driver.

- Photo courtesy of Paul Feenstra