New Genset Locomotives for Port Kembla Steelworks

 
  Raichase Captain Rant!

Location: Sydney, NSW
I'm not sure if this has been covered in it's own thread (if it has, my apologies), but Pacific National will accept delivery of a number of genset shunting locomotives later this year to replace the EE fleet in Port Kembla. A friend of mine forwarded on a link of the first (?) of these locomotives under construction:

(Edit: Removed links as they are broken).

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  GT46C-ACe Deputy Commissioner

Location: Gold Coast QLD
First thought was built on a MP15 frame, anyone know any specifics?
  nic Chief Train Controller

Location: Brisbane, QLD
As far as i'm aware, '2GS16B-AU' can be interpreted as: 2 (twin engine) GS (GENSET) 16 (1600hp) B (bo-bo) -AU (Australian)  
  nswtrains Chief Commissioner

As far as i'm aware, '2GS16B-AU' can be interpreted as: 2 (twin engine) GS (GENSET) 16 (1600hp) B (bo-bo) -AU (Australian)
nic

First use of Blomberg trucks on a new locomotive in Australia.
  DBclass Chief Commissioner

Location: Western Australia
First use of Blomberg trucks on a new locomotive in Australia.
nswtrains

I was trying to think of a locomotive that had them previousley, but could only think maybe a Pilbara import had them like the F7 (which I see does). Were there any other locos that used them ? Import 2nd hand or otherwise? It may be the first to have them overall (excluding the pilbara area which is isolated of course)
  M636C Minister for Railways

I was trying to think of a locomotive that had them previousley, but could only think maybe a Pilbara import had them like the F7 (which I see does). Were there any other locos that used them ? Import 2nd hand or otherwise? It may be the first to have them overall (excluding the pilbara area which is isolated of course)
DBclass

As well as the two F7s (which are both preserved) there are a number of USA built rail grinders that use Blomberg trucks, including Aurizon RG331 which was in Spencer Junction two weeks ago.

But this class should be the first new locomotives built for Australia with Blomberg trucks.

I would think that it has a new frame, since it is shorter than an MP15 (or even SW1504) but mainly because those frames would be too heavy (those locos are all about 120 tonnes complete).

Having been shown the photos earlier, note the deeper than normal windows on the non-driver side to improve visibility. The right side front window (as viewed) is also deeper. Some VR Y class have additional low windows on that side of the cab front.

M636C
  DBclass Chief Commissioner

Location: Western Australia
Good point I hadn't considered MOW equipment.
  jmt Deputy Commissioner

PB1 has shipped from Paducah, wrapped but on own wheels

carrying markings NREX 2289
  drover Chief Train Controller

Location: where caseyjones isn't
PB1 will be off loaded on Monday 14th at Port Kembla,
  jmt Deputy Commissioner

PB2 Thomasville, GA 12/06/2013, NREX 2290

http://sbdfan.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=3883595

  BDA Chief Commissioner

Location: Sydney
Don't suppose these have landed yet and are running around doing trials ?
  Raichase Captain Rant!

Location: Sydney, NSW
Don't suppose these have landed yet and are running around doing trials ?
BDA

I understand PB1 was unloaded yesterday (16.07.14) at Pt Kembla.
  C3827 Junior Train Controller

I understand PB1 was unloaded yesterday (16.07.14) at Pt Kembla.
Raichase

It was in the refuelling bay at Chullora on Friday (17/7) afternoon.
  Poath Junction Chief Commissioner

Location: In front of a computer most of the time.
PB1 has been seen roaming the rails late at night, here's an example found on flikr. https://www.flickr.com/photos/nr1984/14511313717/sizes/l
  royscreen Locomotive Fireman

PB1 has just arrived at Cringila on train 1921 with 8121, it has now gone into the Bluescope steel works.

Cheers Roy
  drover Chief Train Controller

Location: where caseyjones isn't
Roy,did you bring it down,
  Wallip Chief Commissioner

Location: Perth
Any meaning / reference for the PB classification?
  DounutCereal Chief Train Controller

Location: Who knows.
Any meaning / reference for the PB classification?
Wallip

'Peanut Butter'
  royscreen Locomotive Fireman

No I didn't drover
  K-Class Chief Train Controller

Location: Melbourne
Any meaning / reference for the PB classification?
Wallip

My guess would be P for Pacific National and B for Bluescope Steel.

Matt
  griz Station Master

And you would be right, PB = Pacific Bluescope..
  Wallip Chief Commissioner

Location: Perth
Cheers. I didn't realise Port Kembla was Bluescope
  M636C Minister for Railways

NRE Press Release:

Rocky Condello, Director, Australian Operations for the US based locomotive manufacturer and supplier, National Railway Equipment Company (NRE), is pleased to announce that he has commenced delivery of seven N-ViroMotive locomotives to Australian rail operator Pacific National, an operating division of Asciano Limited, for operation in the BlueScope Port Kembla Steelworks.



The first and second locomotives in this tranche, PB1 and PB2 have been delivered on time into Australia, following an order placed in July 2013, with the remaining five units to be delivered over coming months.



The units, based on the proven NRE Gen Set Technology and powered by the Cummins QSK19 Engine, have been specifically designed and optimized for the Port Kembla operation, with a strong focus on increased safety, visibility, comfort and efficiency while substantially reducing the carbon footprint, noise and emissions in rail operations.



The team based approach undertaken by the PN and NRE teams during the design and manufacturing phases of the project have produced a locomotive with excellent visibility and ergonomic qualities - the result of a strong focus on meeting the challenges of operations in an industrial steel making environment.



In keeping with NRE’s strategic direction for a world based, flexible, environmentally friendly design, NRE has delivered to Pacific National a locomotive that meets stringent local conditions and specific operational requirements for the Port Kembla Steelworks. These locomotives share the same gen sets, control system and other critical key components with the NRE Australian “Regional Rail Strategy” based 1200 Class locomotives supplied into Australia in May 2013.



This delivery expands NRE’s introduction of new technology N-ViroMotive locomotives to the Australian Rail industry and, in addition to the 1200 Class Multi Engine Locomotives introduced into Australia in 2013, provides operationally efficient, reduced fuel use, flexible, quiet technology to traditional locomotive operations.



This tranche of locomotives will bring the number of NRE Locomotives in Australia to 17, with additional units nearing completion for expected delivery into Australia during the remainder of 2014.



NRE provides Locomotives and a full range of parts and maintenance services to the Australian Rail industry.
  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
Have any of the new units entered service at Port  Kembla ?

If so some video would be fantastic.
  M636C Minister for Railways

Have any of the new units entered service at Port Kembla ?

If so some video would be fantastic.
freightgate

NREC forwarded some (very) low res photos of them at Port Kembla but it isn't clear if they were in regular operation or just testing.

One shot shows PB1 alone hauling four Treadwell hot metal wagons (they may be empty, of course).

M636C

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