Pilbara Activity

 
  M636C Minister for Railways


I was thinking it might have been a 1000 myself. But the specs for this unit as printed on the side sill say it's 22.87m long overall with a height of 4.115m and a tare of 65 tonnes.
Wheel diameter of 920/840mm.

It must have been on order for a while, the Mermec RCDU has a date stamp with BHP of 2014, while the ELH bogies are stamped 2015.
Toad Montgomery
The length sounds right for the Roger 800s in Sydney.

They tend to look small next to 8 car A sets...

The Sydney cars have a dark blue stripe down the window band which makes the number of windows less obvious.

Does that mean the EM80 will be retired? It was the only one with laser rail head measurement...

M636C

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  Toad Montgomery Chief Commissioner

Location: Port Hedland: Team EMU want's YOU!
Yes the EM80 is being retired, unsure when, the Roger is still being 'commissioned'.
I last saw the EM80 at Mooka Yard, it's based there these days along with the Hedland Track Gang.
  Toad Montgomery Chief Commissioner

Location: Port Hedland: Team EMU want's YOU!
The Dash 8 fleet is still being removed from Nelson Point to Wedgefield, Sims Metal for scrapping.
It looks like they are going to two locations, one is where the last batch of Dash 8 units was scrapped, the other looks to be behind the Sell and Parker yard where the AC6000 and SD40 units went, unsure if it's a Sims yard or not.

Currently noticed the blue units at one site and the bubble liveried units at the other.
Doolan's Heavy Haulage have been running two 120 wheel floats.

5630 has been left near the overhaul shop. It is to be preserved on site.
4300 cab and frame has been moved from the overhaul shop, unsure if this is going with the Dash 8 units or not.

Hope to have some images soon.........
  Hendo Deputy Commissioner

Toad,


Thanks for the update. Would also love to see some posts from others in the region working the Rio, Roy Hill, FMG systems.




Cheers,


Hendo
  Toad Montgomery Chief Commissioner

Location: Port Hedland: Team EMU want's YOU!
Well the end of the Dash 8 / CM40-8M Alco rebuilds has come to an end.
The final unit to head for scrapping left Nelson Point on Sunday 24th January 2016 for the scrap metal yard of Sell & Parker. Unit was 5634 Boodarie the first CM40-8M rebuilt by Goninan serial no. 8151-07/91-120 in 1991 from AE Goodwin C636 Alco 5457 serial no. G-6027-1 from 1969.

Unit 5630 Zeus is to be preserved onsite by BHP Billiton and we end up back in Mount Newman Mining livery.

5634 heads past Nelson Point yard for the last time:



The word on the tank says it all:



Also the remains of SD70ACe/LC spare parts unit 4300, serial no. 20038540-001 from 08-2005 London, Ontario, left site on the morning of Monday 25th January for its’ date with the hydraulic shears also, thus ending any presence of the original 13+1 order of SD70ACe/LC class.

The husk SD70ACe/LC leaves Nelson Point through Gate 9.



Happy tracks.
  Toad Montgomery Chief Commissioner

Location: Port Hedland: Team EMU want's YOU!
Well managed a trip to Rio the other week, minus the maracas and bright shirts.

Rio's ES44ACi units are now leading train on the Deepdale line.

The old Dash 7 units are still 'out the back' at Seven Mile, where I saw them in 2013.

Even though it was mighty hot, +45 each day some good images were taken following the usual rule of thumb, the higher the sun, the higher the photographer! Also the Rio livery helps being basically silver.

Also Roy Hill continue to ramp up and are currently running trains as one ES44ACi, 116 cars, ES44ACi and 116 cars. These trains are banked out of the mine.

Images here: http://www.pilbararailways.com.au/roy/roy.php
  Toad Montgomery Chief Commissioner

Location: Port Hedland: Team EMU want's YOU!
Have also added some detail side views of the ES44ACi Rio units here:

http://www.pilbararailways.com.au/rt/rio.php





Cheers.
  ebr1 Junior Train Controller

The CFCLA dash 8's are on the move...
The RIO contract has finished so two will be gone today or tomorrow and the next two on the weekend depending on the turnaround of the low loaders.
with the auto haul installs being complete there's no need for these locos anymore.
There apparently heading to sims at wedgefield for long term storage.about the only jobs they might get in the future i would think would be the new mine rail link into Bella Bella(and who knows when that might be) so they could be there for a while.
rumour is 2 x CF locos to follow out of 7mile some time next week or the week after.

cheers ebr1
  Bulbous Assistant Commissioner

A question for those in the know - how long does it take to drive the Karratha - Tom Price Road? I will be up that way next week, and have done the permit process for the Rio section of the road, but Google states to give it 10 hours plus. Could someone familiar with that area advise on the actual time taken, as I have about seven hours total between my Karratha meetings and my Tom Price one!

Cheers, Matt.
  ebr1 Junior Train Controller

A question for those in the know - how long does it take to drive the Karratha - Tom Price Road? I will be up that way next week, and have done the permit process for the Rio section of the road, but Google states to give it 10 hours plus. Could someone familiar with that area advise on the actual time taken, as I have about seven hours total between my Karratha meetings and my Tom Price one!

Cheers, Matt.
Bulbous
hi matt
Haven't done it for a long time but friends of mine have just done it in around 4 hrs using the access rd and it was pretty rough,no issues for a company or rental Smile
The rain we are having at the moment might be a issue as I've heard that the access rd is closed so i hope it will be right by next week.
there will be plenty of signs at tom price with rd conditions and or phone numbers so you can check the conditions ahead.with the amount of grey nomads you get up here the councils try and keep the roads in a half decent condition.

cheers ebr1
  Bulbous Assistant Commissioner

hi matt
Haven't done it for a long time but friends of mine have just done it in around 4 hrs using the access rd and it was pretty rough,no issues for a company or rental Smile
The rain we are having at the moment might be a issue as I've heard that the access rd is closed so i hope it will be right by next week.
there will be plenty of signs at tom price with rd conditions and or phone numbers so you can check the conditions ahead.with the amount of grey nomads you get up here the councils try and keep the roads in a half decent condition.

cheers ebr1
ebr1


Hi ebr1,

Thanks for the response, I guess I will just check the board when I get to Karratha tomorrow night, but I also have a number to phone on the permit done through the online portal the other day. I will update you to let you know how it goes. It is ready to bucket down in Coral Bay right now, all set for the Exmouth meetings tomorrow morning!

Cheers, Matt
  Bulbous Assistant Commissioner

Just an update on today - all gravel roads closed between Karratha and Tom Price, so I had to go via Great Northern Highway and Karijini. I did pass CF4401 and CF4409 heading south around halfway between Port Hedland and Auski roadhouse, and I saw two Roy Hill locos sitting next to GNH.

So far, only trains I have seen was one unloading at Dampier last night, and one heading through Tom Price to the minesite just out of town. There seemed to be two units waiting with the rail grinding train in Tom Price, are they there as pushers on the loaded trains out of town?
  M636C Minister for Railways

Just an update on today - all gravel roads closed between Karratha and Tom Price, so I had to go via Great Northern Highway and Karijini. I did pass CF4401 and CF4409 heading south around halfway between Port Hedland and Auski roadhouse, and I saw two Roy Hill locos sitting next to GNH.

So far, only trains I have seen was one unloading at Dampier last night, and one heading through Tom Price to the minesite just out of town. There seemed to be two units waiting with the rail grinding train in Tom Price, are they there as pushers on the loaded trains out of town?
Bulbous
Pusher locomotives are only used on the Paraburdoo line (and possibly on the Yandcoogina line). The locomotives might have hauled the rail grinder up the main line if the grinder isn't equipped with in-cab signalling.

I assume the Roy Hill locomotives were on their main line near Boodarie? I didn't think the Roy Hill line was visible fro the highway south of there. Of course, although the line was in place it wasn't operating when I was last there.

I wonder if the CFs will go back to Hunter Valley traffic?

M636C
  Bulbous Assistant Commissioner

Pusher locomotives are only used on the Paraburdoo line (and possibly on the Yandcoogina line). The locomotives might have hauled the rail grinder up the main line if the grinder isn't equipped with in-cab signalling.

I assume the Roy Hill locomotives were on their main line near Boodarie? I didn't think the Roy Hill line was visible fro the highway south of there. Of course, although the line was in place it wasn't operating when I was last there.

I wonder if the CFs will go back to Hunter Valley traffic?

M636C
M636C


Thanks for the notes on the locos, they were on the western track through town in front of the grinder setup, but seemed ready to head north with the front lights already lit. They just seemed to be waiting on something, but your explanation makes sense.

The Roy Hill locos looked like they were just sitting on the main next to the highway just north of where the Roy Hill line veers east to cross both the BHP and the FMG lines (north of the Hillside - Woodstock Road crossing).
  8888 Chief Commissioner

Location: Shire of Mundaring
CF4401 and 4409 came south through Bullsbrook today around 1215, and have since entered UGL Rail's yard at Bassendean.

Simon
  Toad Montgomery Chief Commissioner

Location: Port Hedland: Team EMU want's YOU!
Pusher locomotives are only used on the Paraburdoo line (and possibly on the Yandcoogina line). The locomotives might have hauled the rail grinder up the main line if the grinder isn't equipped with in-cab signalling.

I assume the Roy Hill locomotives were on their main line near Boodarie? I didn't think the Roy Hill line was visible fro the highway south of there. Of course, although the line was in place it wasn't operating when I was last there.

I wonder if the CFs will go back to Hunter Valley traffic?

M636C


Thanks for the notes on the locos, they were on the western track through town in front of the grinder setup, but seemed ready to head north with the front lights already lit. They just seemed to be waiting on something, but your explanation makes sense.

The Roy Hill locos looked like they were just sitting on the main next to the highway just north of where the Roy Hill line veers east to cross both the BHP and the FMG lines (north of the Hillside - Woodstock Road crossing).
Bulbous

They have a crossing loop located at the Yule River, loop is named Marubeni and is located at their 150 km.
This is just south of the Woodstock Rd.
  Toad Montgomery Chief Commissioner

Location: Port Hedland: Team EMU want's YOU!
Yes the thread is a couple of years old...

The most exciting thing to happen in the Pilbara this year??

Roy Hill's 130 pink waggons have arrived at Port Hedland over the last couple of days.
Five pink ES44ACi units are also due later this year.

CRRC faceache video of waggons here: https://www.facebook.com/CRRCGC/videos/2111745088852889/

CRRC tweet here:


Unsure how the peppa reference will go down...
  lkernan Deputy Commissioner

Location: Melbourne
Unsure how the peppa reference will go down...
Toad Montgomery

Shouldn't be a problem, everyone knows Peppa and George.
  GT46C-ACe Assistant Commissioner

Location: Sydney, NSW
Peppa does remind a bit of Gina....oh did I say that....
  nscaler69 Deputy Commissioner

Location: There are no stupid questions, but there are a lot of inquisitive idiots.
One of the Pink locos to haul the wagon: http://www.railpictures.net/photo/659653/

Thanks to Rail Pictures and Flickr more pictures of these locos are available.

  LancedDendrite Chief Commissioner

Location: Gheringhap Loop Autonomous Zone
I don't think the Peppa Pig reference would go down too well in the mother country either...
  michaelgm Chief Commissioner

Great info and pics. Sure there is not alternative but lugging those things around by road, looks frightfully expensive.
  Toad Montgomery Chief Commissioner

Location: Port Hedland: Team EMU want's YOU!
Current activity up here sees Sell and Parker currently scrapping damaged and unrepairable ore waggons for FMG.
Monadelphous have also been doing a large number of repairs to FMG ore waggons.

And Sims have been clearing up the damaged BHP waggons from a number of old derailment sites mainly between Hesta to Yandi Junc, they are also going to cut up 5662 that has been at Gidgi for some years.


There is also a rumor that 5630, the first Dash 8 built in Australia, will also now be scrapped. This unit was originally held to be preserved as a static exhibit at Nelson Point. Time will tell.
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
Interested to hear that FMG is scrapping damaged/irrepairable ore wagons.
Are these accident damaged or just worn out?
Any idea how many, please?

Trivia: The class leaders of the initial order for ore wagons (1001 and 2002) were the last of the first 820 wagons placed on rail at FMG. These  were placed on rail at the car dumper rather than at what was then the Marshalling Yard.
  M636C Minister for Railways

Interested to hear that FMG is scrapping damaged/irrepairable ore wagons.
Are these accident damaged or just worn out?
Any idea how many, please?

Trivia: The class leaders of the initial order for ore wagons (1001 and 2002) were the last of the first 820 wagons placed on rail at FMG. These  were placed on rail at the car dumper rather than at what was then the Marshalling Yard.
YM-Mundrabilla
The reason these two were the last was because they were built last. They were in fact the second 1001+2002. The original 1001+2002 became compressor cars 9001+9002. These two cars lack the "offset top" where the side plating is angled inwards to sit inside the top frame rail. Examination of early publicity photographs shows two cars lacking the offset top numbered 1001+2002 at the factory. All the other compressor cars have the offset top.

Peter

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