Pilbara Activity

 
  michaelgm Chief Commissioner

Okay a quick up date from around the traps when a quick round trip was undertaken within the last week.

BHP CM40-8M locomotive 5662 is still in the back track at Gidgi Siding, 270 km post.

Former Robe River CM40-8M units that were working at Cape Lambert under Rio are currently stored on the Cape Lambert triangle that leads to the old quarry.
All four units are facing west, from the east end is 9422, 9419, 9418 and 9411.

Former Hamersley Iron C44-9W unit 7093 which suffered cab damage from a load out incident (around March 2019) is stored written off with the two C36-7M units 5051 and 5052 on 38 Road at Seven Mile.

And the locomotives at the Pilbara Railway Historical Society museum whilst still intact are showing signs of weathering and ageing with a lot of broken windows on the former NSWGR carriages and some on the locos.

FMG, not to be out done, have track laid through Rio Tinto gorge on their Eliwanna line which branches off just before the Solomon or Firetail balloon loop next to the Wittenoom - Nanutarra Rd.
FMG C44-9W 003 and re-powered SD90MAC 903 were seen top and tail on a loaded rail train tied down on the beginning of the Eliwanna branch. A later sighting of another loaded rail train had two re-powered SD90MAC units.

The Landgate map viewer (much better resolution than goggle) shows all the stored locos quite clearly except 5562.
Toad Montgomery
Thanks for the info, Toad.
Just curious, if you might know, that region would consume a bucket load of fuel, is it road hauled from Perth, or ‘shipped” in?
Thanks, Mick.

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  Toad Montgomery Chief Commissioner

Location: Port Hedland: Team EMU want's YOU!
The fuel for the North West of WA comes in via boat from Singapore to the ports of Broome, Port Hedland and Dampier.

BHP, FMG, Roy Hill and Rio all operate fuels trains in various lengths to the inland mines to some degree. This is also supplemented by road haulage deliveries.


There are also gas pipe lines supplying power stations and then also heavy power transmission lines crisscrossing the Pilbara.
  michaelgm Chief Commissioner

The fuel for the North West of WA comes in via boat from Singapore to the ports of Broome, Port Hedland and Dampier.

BHP, FMG, Roy Hill and Rio all operate fuels trains in various lengths to the inland mines to some degree. This is also supplemented by road haulage deliveries.


There are also gas pipe lines supplying power stations and then also heavy power transmission lines crisscrossing the Pilbara.
Toad Montgomery
Cheers.
  Toad Montgomery Chief Commissioner

Location: Port Hedland: Team EMU want's YOU!
Some of the CFCLA imported former US ballast waggons used on the original BHP duplication project and called the PACE waggons have been scrapped and remains have been sighted at Sell & Parker in Wedgefield.
Toad Montgomery

Further to the above post, a number of the former PACE CHRY and CHQY ballast waggons have been sighted at Cape Lambert.
  KRviator Moderator

Location: Up the front
Folks, If you're wondering where it's gone, I've removed that Youtube video. Turns out the new RP account owner was also the Youtube account holder and only using the forum to promote his - inaccurate - video, so he's got a 100% warning and a TTFN*.

*TTFN = Ta Taa For Now, YM Wink
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
*TTFN = Ta Taa For Now, YM https://www.railpage.com.au/images/smiles/icon_wink.gif
Thanks KR. Laughing
Like so many things in rail, the 'innocent' get the message and follow the rules whilst the message goes right over the heads of the big wheel guilty.
I fear that my campaign is a lost cause with the guilty few.
Stay safe.
  Toad Montgomery Chief Commissioner

Location: Port Hedland: Team EMU want's YOU!
Word on the rails is the four Robe CM40-8M units that are to be reactivated for Watco to operate for the Rio Tinto Koodaideri line construction are still in the Cape Lambert shops, having been moved to the shops from the quarry triangle spur about 18 or so days ago.
  aem7ac Beginner

Hello,
I am an American looking to plan a trip to the Pilbara once all these travel restrictions are dropped.
I was wondering if there are any roads that are easily accessible to non-employees along any of the iron ore railways out of Port Hedland?
Thanks in advance.

aem7ac
  M636C Minister for Railways

Hello,
I am an American looking to plan a trip to the Pilbara once all these travel restrictions are dropped.
I was wondering if there are any roads that are easily accessible to non-employees along any of the iron ore railways out of Port Hedland?
Thanks in advance.

aem7ac
aem7ac

The last time I was in Port Hedland (2017), the BHP access road was able to be used by the general public.

I have never tried to use the FMG or Roy Hill access roads.

There are locations where the FMG and Roy Hill lines are close to the Great Northern Highway and some public roads cross those two lines where they are close together.

It is worth pointing out that there are locations around Port Hedland where good photos can be taken.
The Redbank Bridge on Wilson Street provides good views of BHP trains entering and leaving Nelson Point at most times of day.

The Great Northern Highway bridge in Boodarie provides a good view of BHP Boodarie yard and a view of the FMG dumper tracks beyond the BHP yard. There is a public road to Finucane Island that allows photography of BHP trains (and a limited view of FMG trains entering their No 1 dumper at Boodarie.) The Finucane Island road continues as a public road to a beach on the north side of the Island where trains can be seen exiting the two car dumpers.

The FMG and Roy Hill lines are crossed by the Great Northern Highway on bridges which provide a good view of arriving and departing trains. The Roy Hill Locomotive service area can be viewed from a public road, best light in the afternoon.

A BHP locomotive service area can be viewed from Wilson Street on entering Port Hedland.

I assume you will also look at the Rio Tinto lines into Cape Lambert and Dampier.

There is a public road crossing the main Rio Tinto yard in Cape Lambert that provides a good view of operations there.

Permits to travel on the Rio Tinto access roads can be obtained.. The public road from Dampier to Tom Price follows the former Hamersley line to Western Creek Junction and some way beyond.

Good views of trains heading to the car dumpers can be obtained as they cross the causeway between the Seven Mile yard and Dampier.

Peter

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