Iron Knob mining set to resume

 

News article: Iron Knob mining set to resume

The board of Arrium Mining has approved the resumption of mining at Iron Knob near Whyalla.

  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
The board of Arrium Mining has approved the resumption of mining at Iron Knob near Whyalla.



Preparations are underway to build offices and roads to the area, which has not operated as a full-scale mine since the late 1990s.
Iron Knob mining set to resume


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10 years of rail use.  That is great news!

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  railblogger Chief Commissioner

Location: At the back of the train, quitely doing exactly what you'd expect.
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10 years of rail use.  That is great news!
bevans
At least they have some common sense.
  thebushpig Beginner

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10 years of rail use.  That is great news!
bevans

There has been a few test trains out to Iron Knob this year.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
So from that post we can assume the line is up and ready to go?
  thebushpig Beginner

So from that post we can assume the line is up and ready to go?
bevans

Yes, the section of the track that got washed away near Middleback Junction has been repaired and I have been told there has been at least one test train, I believe GWN has ventured out there.

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  torana Station Master

Location: Menangle.N.S.W.
That is Great News.Last year whilst driving back to Sydney from Perth, i spent 2 hours sitting beside the Tracks at Iron Knob -waiting for the Diesel Locomotive and its load of Wagons to pass me by.And take a swag of Photographs. As nothing came by i drove up into the Property,only to notice that they had blocked the Tracks with truck loads of Spoil.It was only on my return home that i read in the RAILWAY DIGEST, that they had closed the tracks and were trucking the Ore from Iron Knob to Whyalla.

Now that they are going to Open up the tracks and transport it by rail again, is a good thing.As we will be able to return to get some Photographs of the Narrow Gauge Locomotives.

torana.
  bingley hall Minister for Railways

Location: Last train to Skaville
That is Great News.Last year whilst driving back to Sydney from Perth, i spent 2 hours sitting beside the Tracks at Iron Knob -waiting for the Diesel Locomotive and its load of Wagons to pass me by.And take a swag of Photographs. As nothing came by i drove up into the Property,only to notice that they had blocked the Tracks with truck loads of Spoil.It was only on my return home that i read in the RAILWAY DIGEST, that they had closed the tracks and were trucking the Ore from Iron Knob to Whyalla.

Now that they are going to Open up the tracks and transport it by rail again, is a good thing.As we will be able to return to get some Photographs of the Narrow Gauge Locomotives.

torana.
torana
Just to clarify.......

The mine and the line to Iron Knob had been closed for almost 20 years - not sure where you got the idea they'rd be any trains out there. If you had moved a few kms down the line closer to Whyalla you would have had plenty of ore trains to photograph running to the mines at Iron Duke and Iron Baron.

The line has been repaired and reopened over the last 12 months - as thebushpig suggests, several light engine test runs with the GWN class were carried out earlier this year.

There was never any serious intention of the ore going by road.

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