BHP derails runaway iron ore train

 
  F4PhantomRAAF Locomotive Driver

M sometimes issues on trains like this can get really bad really quickly so at times they need to be investigated ASAP .

Why do you think its an issue to stand these trains on a 1:66 grade ?
ECP trains do this better than conventional ones because under normal circumstances they don't run out of air . Its a huge advantage with brakes applied to have a fully charged "brake pipe" and auxiliary reservoirs , the electronics regulate the Car Control devices .
BDA


ECP/EP brakes are great. I agree.

If there are shortcomings with the system we shall soon find out.

I wonder what 'extra measures' BHP has taken. Media reports they have a network enforced speed restriction. I hope they are not operating Driver Only Operations, because that is a no brainer.

Daniel

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  DBclass Chief Commissioner

Location: Western Australia
I estimate the trains required anchoring needs would be around 600 ton. Which is 150 ton per loco, at 200 ton per loco which I think there less then that anyway, it would mean a minimum of 75% traction, and their maximum is 50% on starting, with sand I would think.

I think KRviators response is the most likely, it’s the only one I’ve read or heard that actually sounds plausible. Its possible their SOPs etc don’t cover this event. They won’t know they need it in till they need it.
  F4PhantomRAAF Locomotive Driver

New opinion article at The west Australian Why BHP needs to come clean over runaway Pilbara train fiasco
  DBclass Chief Commissioner

Location: Western Australia
If only the author of that article had enough resources to research that locomotives have onboard ‘ablution’ facilities. I guess it’s supposed to be a joke. If the driver was pissing he wouldn’t need to leave the loco for that anyway.
  james.au Minister for Railways

Location: Sydney, NSW
Thats a pretty patronising article (and self aggrandising) and I recommend that no-one reads it.
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
New opinion article at The west Australian Why BHP needs to come clean over runaway Pilbara train fiasco
F4PhantomRAAF
Article is just plain childish.
  witzendoz Junior Train Controller

Location: Fremantle
The article was a sarcastic article fired at the BHP silence over the crash. It was written with humour, something that was wasted here it seems.
  james.au Minister for Railways

Location: Sydney, NSW
The article was a sarcastic article fired at the BHP silence over the crash. It was written with humour, something that was wasted here it seems.
No it was written by two 'journos' (perhaps better described as jocks) who are being smart asses about the thing.  BHB isn't going to comment whilst its still investigating and the way they have a go at BHP is just like kids in a school yard being sarcastic about