What is the longest load to run on rails?

 
  rogerfarnworth Junior Train Controller

Any idea? Think you know? Make sure you have a length in mind then follow the link below!

We crossed back from Orkney today and drove via John O'Groats and Wick before heading south through Inverness. About 6 miles north of Wick on the A99 we drove over a narrow gauge (metre-gauge) line. This was a surprise and it needed to be investigated. .... This post is the result.

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  woodford Chief Commissioner

BHP Run on 21 June 2001, comprising 682 wagons and hauled by eight 6000 hp General Electric GE AC6000CW diesel-electric locomotives controlled by a single driver with a total length of 7.352 km on the 275 km iron ore railway to Port Hedland in Western Australia – total weight 99,734 tons on a 1,435mm gauge line.

woodford
  KRviator Moderator

Location: Up the front
They don't say how many times they snapped it though - rumour has it more than once...
  RTT_Rules Dr Beeching

Location: Dubai UAE
BHP Run on 21 June 2001, comprising 682 wagons and hauled by eight 6000 hp General Electric GE AC6000CW diesel-electric locomotives controlled by a single driver with a total length of 7.352 km on the 275 km iron ore railway to Port Hedland in Western Australia – total weight 99,734 tons on a 1,435mm gauge line.

woodford
woodford
Couldn't find another 266t?
  sydneyshortnorth Junior Train Controller

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A nice 'outside the box' story, thanks for sharing it.

In terms of the longest unit-loads to run on rails (rather than the biggest trains) I'd suggest that, perhaps ironically, some of the longest loads carried nowadays on 'conventional' railways are probably the rails themselves, carted in long welded lengths from fabrication sites for dropping wherever they're needed and relying on 'analogue articulation ' (i.e. bending) through curves on the way!
  woodford Chief Commissioner

BHP Run on 21 June 2001, comprising 682 wagons and hauled by eight 6000 hp General Electric GE AC6000CW diesel-electric locomotives controlled by a single driver with a total length of 7.352 km on the 275 km iron ore railway to Port Hedland in Western Australia – total weight 99,734 tons on a 1,435mm gauge line.

woodford
Couldn't find another 266t?
RTT_Rules
Probably ran out of rolling stock, 270tons is only 2 wagons.

woodford
  woodford Chief Commissioner

They don't say how many times they snapped it though - rumour has it more than once...
KRviator
It parted once only, this was repaired by the tracks maintenance team. As it only pated once it was probably a defective coupler. The run was done at quite slow speed. BHP released a video of the run, thanking all concerned.

woodford
  Valvegear Dr Beeching

Location: Norda Fittazroy
It parted once only, this was repaired by the tracks maintenance team. As it only pated once it was probably a defective coupler. The run was done at quite slow speed. BHP released a video of the run, thanking all concerned.
"woodford"
It was a defective coupler which parted on the Chichester Ranges.

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