Arrium SG derailment

 
  mrjones Station Master

Happened around midnight Sunday night, door on a wagon mid consist came open on the way into the tip pocket, all wagons bar the last one in front of the trailing locos made it through the product. The bogies eventually dislodged from the frame and ended up under GWA002 causing extensive damage to the front of the loco, approx 1200m of track has been damaged.

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  NOELWB Locomotive Driver

Happened around midnight Sunday night, door on a wagon mid consist came open on the way into the tip pocket, all wagons bar the last one in front of the trailing locos made it through the product. The bogies eventually dislodged from the frame and ended up under GWA002 causing extensive damage to the front of the loco, approx 1200m of track has been damaged.
mrjones
I take it that this occurred at Whyalla and that the damaged track is within the balloon loop.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Is this the train from Prominent Hill??

Regards
Brian
  justapassenger Chief Commissioner

The Arrium train carries hematite (iron) ore originally from Arrium's Peculiar Knob mine, loading onto the trains at the new balloon loop at Wirrida. The end point is unloading (through doors on the bottom of the hopper wagons) into a complicated trans-shipment operation at Whyalla.

Prominent Hill is
  • Operated by Oz Minerals, not Arrium.
  • Copper (transported by train) and gold, not iron.
  • Loaded at the Wirrida siding (a couple of kilometres south of the junction to the new balloon loop) for transport to Port Adelaide, not Whyalla.
  • Transported in sealed half-height 20ft containers rather than hoppers.
  • Not very prominent, it stands a lofty 21 metres above sea level Wink


You've previously asked that question on just about every thread we've had on here related to the Peculiar Knob iron exports Brian, maybe you should bookmark it this time.
  Aaron Minister for Railways

Location: University of Adelaide SA
Pictures I have make it look as though GWA 002 is riding on transfer bogies... It's not, she's just stolen some shoes from the car in front.
  mrjones Station Master

I take it that this occurred at Whyalla and that the damaged track is within the balloon loop.
NOELWB


Yes, sorry I should have stated that.
  62440 Chief Commissioner

There is some confusion above.
There are two facilities at Wirrida which have no relationship with each other.
One is the OZ minerals siding parallel to the loop, this is the mineral concentrate referred to which goes in container type kibbles to Port Adelaide where I understand they are unloaded by Rotainer.
Just north of the crossing loop there is a balloon loop which was developed by WPG for iron ore which was to have been unloaded at Port Pirie from the reinstated radium siding and barged out. This was the operation which was bought by OneSteel/ Arrium and the ore is taken to the new unloading loop at Whyalla. This is the service affected by the derailment.

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In this view you can see the small balloon loop on the right. The haul road on the left os OZ, the one on the right is Arrium
  62440 Chief Commissioner

I have heard it was not the new SG line unloader but the old Hummock Hill dump pit
  RonH Locomotive Fireman

Location: Whyalla, South Australia
I have heard it was not the new SG line unloader but the old Hummock Hill dump pit
62440

The Hummock Hill tip pocket is only NG.
  Top Cat Assistant Commissioner

Location: Under Hilton Bridge
Can people have a good read and understand the current rail infrastructure status - before jumping to any conclusions about "where it hapened"...it was where it is.....Whyalla balloon loop. Shocked
  NG Sulzers Deputy Commissioner

Location: Quorn
Perhaps Topcat, you might need to aquaint yourself with Whyalla SG geography. The derailment was NOT,  repeat NOT on the baloon loop.
Or not where it is.
  vinelander Junior Train Controller

Oh for Jimmy H Kriste's sake! Stop talking in riddles and tell us all where it actually was!!!!!
  Top Cat Assistant Commissioner

Location: Under Hilton Bridge
I absolutely love being wrong...so if it wasn't at the unloading bins on the balloon loop....where pray tell was it it.....I have no idea, I wasn't there but I would love to knwo.......all the info thus far talks of the unloading pocket and the resultant GWA engine being caught up in the "derailed last wagon on the ore train being unloaded"...so yes me too please (if someone can)...where oh where.Shocked
  NG Sulzers Deputy Commissioner

Location: Quorn
The closest point of the derailment is still more than a trains length clear of the entrance to the balloon loop. Those that need to know the exact location do know. Otherwise it was in Whyalla.
  Typhon Assistant Commissioner

Location: I'm that freight train tearing through the sky in the clouds.
Exactly. Who cares.

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