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
  Toad Montgomery Chief Commissioner

Location: Port Hedland: Team EMU want's YOU!
FMG started loading the first train 'from Eliwana' around 1800 hrs on the 29th of December.
Train was top and tailed by two pairs of locomotives one pair each end and loaded by excavator near the 100 km post (from Firetail Loop - Solomon mine junction) as the track doesn't reach the mine loadout yet with approximately 20 km still to be completed.
  Toad Montgomery Chief Commissioner

Location: Port Hedland: Team EMU want's YOU!
FMG have been receiving more new waggons the last few days.
Numbers have been seen beyond 10300.
This also looks to be the second part of a delivery as some lower numbered waggons 10108-9107 were sighted already in operation.
Build is CRRC Qiqihar.
  Toad Montgomery Chief Commissioner

Location: Port Hedland: Team EMU want's YOU!
I also meant to add that the SD70ACe-P6 units that were delivered last year have had marker lights fitted to the No. 1 end and the roof mounted headlight repositioned into the nose like the other SD70ACe units within the FMG fleet. The number boards have stayed on the cab roof.

And the Dash 9-44CW units have had handrail modifications to front, rear and midway, rear roof access rungs removed and marker lights installed at the No. 1 end only and the sand filler hatches on the nose moved to the very edge, all units look to be now completed.
  M636C Minister for Railways

FMG have been receiving more new waggons the last few days.
Numbers have been seen beyond 10300.
This also looks to be the second part of a delivery as some lower numbered waggons 10108-9107 were sighted already in operation.
Build is CRRC Qiqihar.
Toad Montgomery
Toad,

Thanks (as usual) for posting this.
My notes suggest the last order ended at 9103/10104 (two orders of 124 wagons)

To get to 10300 there would need to be about 200 wagons in this order
If there were another 248 the highest numbers would be 9351/10352...

(assuming I can still count...)

That would allow a complete additional train...

It is interesting that FMG are modifying the SD70ACe units.
BHP didn't move the headlights or numbers on the former BNSF units, but they did fit marker lights, I think.

Peter
  GT46C-ACe Assistant Commissioner

Location: Gold Coast QLD
Headlights didn't need to be moved and the numberboards have been left where they are.
  Toad Montgomery Chief Commissioner

Location: Port Hedland: Team EMU want's YOU!
And spent a day running around the Rio system on Monday looking at parked up trains as they had some major train control system upgrade so a lot of stopped trains in various sections.

But we spotted the RM900 ballast undercutting machine in action.

The contraption consists of the RM900, four sets of Plasser & Theurer MSF-3/150 material conveyor and hopper units and three CFCLA flat waggons CQCY 11 - Rio ID is FC 14, CQCY 12 - FC 15 and CQHY 056 - FC 16. With a loco each end.

The MSF units looked to be quite new, each set is 54.14 metres long and 127 tonnes, serials are M595-98.


And the Robe Valley workings are now three ACi units, my last visit had these with only two, unsure if the rake has been increased.
Ore waggon 040 was noticed as having been resheeted.

Rio Tinto Tamper 2 an 09-3X serial M600 was also noted as named 'John Gurney'.
  Toad Montgomery Chief Commissioner

Location: Port Hedland: Team EMU want's YOU!
While snapping FMG waggons I noticed the other CSR Yangtze Rolling Stock Co of China built pair of waggons with the pressed lower sides 5745 and 6746. This was the first time I've ever sighted this pair which are the same as 3005 and 4006.

Images can be seen here:

https://pilbararailways.com.au/gallery//displayimage.php?pid=15605

https://pilbararailways.com.au/gallery//displayimage.php?pid=15606

https://pilbararailways.com.au/gallery//displayimage.php?pid=15607

Also ore waggon 9225 was noted on a truck being delivered yesterday.
  M636C Minister for Railways

While snapping FMG waggons I noticed the other CSR Yangtze Rolling Stock Co of China built pair of waggons with the pressed lower sides 5745 and 6746. This was the first time I've ever sighted this pair which are the same as 3005 and 4006.

Images can be seen here:

https://pilbararailways.com.au/gallery//displayimage.php?pid=15605

https://pilbararailways.com.au/gallery//displayimage.php?pid=15606

https://pilbararailways.com.au/gallery//displayimage.php?pid=15607

Also ore waggon 9225 was noted on a truck being delivered yesterday.
Toad Montgomery
Toad,

Thanks.
CRRC used a photo of 5745 in a brochure, so I knew there was at least a pair...
But not hundreds, obviously.
I haven't seen either pair, of course.

Peter
  Toad Montgomery Chief Commissioner

Location: Port Hedland: Team EMU want's YOU!
Roy Hill's latest ES44ACi unit RHA 1027 serial 66295 build date Oct-2020 has finally arrived in Port Hedland and is due to be unloaded off the BBC Olympus tomorrow the 29th March. The ship berthed at PH2 early Saturday evening.


The vessel departed Fort Worth on the 13th November 2020.

It was loaded at the Port of Houston on the 29th November 2020.


Other ports of call enroute include;

A number of neighbouring US ports;

Chaguaramas;

Port Said;

The Suez Canal;

Singapore;

North Fremantle;

Geraldton;

Batu Ampar;

And finally Port Hedland.
  M636C Minister for Railways

Roy Hill's latest ES44ACi unit RHA 1027 serial 66295 build date Oct-2020 has finally arrived in Port Hedland and is due to be unloaded off the BBC Olympus tomorrow the 29th March. The ship berthed at PH2 early Saturday evening.


The vessel departed Fort Worth on the 13th November 2020.

It was loaded at the Port of Houston on the 29th November 2020.


Other ports of call enroute include;

A number of neighbouring US ports;

Chaguaramas;

Port Said;

The Suez Canal;

Singapore;

North Fremantle;

Geraldton;

Batu Ampar;

And finally Port Hedland.
Toad Montgomery
At least it made it through the Suez canal...
Not that easy today...
I assume that this one is just black and white, with no special colouring.

To return to FMG wagons, 9225 would be coupled to 10226, so that would suggest around 120 cars already delivered...

Peter
  Toad Montgomery Chief Commissioner

Location: Port Hedland: Team EMU want's YOU!
Yes, RHA 1027 is standard Roy Hill black and white.
  Toad Montgomery Chief Commissioner

Location: Port Hedland: Team EMU want's YOU!
While on a kerosene chicken flying into Perth airport yesterday arvo and landing on #24 runway an FMG locomotive was noticed out of the window.
The first identifiable building was a large warehouse shed for Centurion Transport.
Using this as a target and consulting goggle maps it looks like the locomotive is located towards the rear of A+P Transport on Stirling Crescent.
The flight out took a different path...
The unit was of the SD90/SD70 shape.
  8888 Chief Commissioner

Location: Shire of Mundaring
While on a kerosene chicken flying into Perth airport yesterday arvo and landing on #24 runway an FMG locomotive was noticed out of the window.
The first identifiable building was a large warehouse shed for Centurion Transport.
Using this as a target and consulting goggle maps it looks like the locomotive is located towards the rear of A+P Transport on Stirling Crescent.
The flight out took a different path...
The unit was of the SD90/SD70 shape.
Toad Montgomery
Yes, the eyesight is good Toad!

SD90 sitting in FMG's yard in Lakes Rd, Hazelmere.  The top of the loco is also visible from Roe Hwy near the GEH bypass intersection.  The number has been patched over.
  Toad Montgomery Chief Commissioner

Location: Port Hedland: Team EMU want's YOU!
While on a kerosene chicken flying into Perth airport yesterday arvo and landing on #24 runway an FMG locomotive was noticed out of the window.
The first identifiable building was a large warehouse shed for Centurion Transport.
Using this as a target and consulting goggle maps it looks like the locomotive is located towards the rear of A+P Transport on Stirling Crescent.
The flight out took a different path...
The unit was of the SD90/SD70 shape.
Yes, the eyesight is good Toad!

SD90 sitting in FMG's yard in Lakes Rd, Hazelmere.  The top of the loco is also visible from Roe Hwy near the GEH bypass intersection.  The number has been patched over.
8888

Okay, from photos I've seen I can confirm the loco is actually FMG unit 904 serial 976833-28 one of the units shipped out as an SD90MAC-H2 and then fitted with a 710 engine locally in 08/2013.

There is a job ad on Seek for loco fitter for FFI or Fortescue Future Industries based in Hazelmere Perth were the locomotive is situated. Seek ad is #52057006.

Word is this unit and another are being prepped to run on 'green energy' with a tender waggon.

904 also has FMG flat waggon FC06 sitting behind it on some track that is laid in the yard.
  KRviator Moderator

Location: Up the front
Word is this unit and another are being prepped to run on 'green energy' with a tender waggon.

904 also has FMG flat waggon FC06 sitting behind it on some track that is laid in the yard.
Toad Montgomery
Think they'll need more than one flat car. IT's 'only' 11,000 solar panels they'll need to carry to get rid of the diesel engine!

On a serious note, are they planning on towing a hydrogen tanktainer or something on a ballasted flat car? I think it was Dodgy Bros that converted a 44 class (4498??) with supplementary LPG injection to improve emissions and/or reduce fuel burn but that's going back a well voer a decade and no one else seems to have followed suit so it can't have been a roaring success.
  Toad Montgomery Chief Commissioner

Location: Port Hedland: Team EMU want's YOU!
Word is this unit and another are being prepped to run on 'green energy' with a tender waggon.

904 also has FMG flat waggon FC06 sitting behind it on some track that is laid in the yard.
Think they'll need more than one flat car. IT's 'only' 11,000 solar panels they'll need to carry to get rid of the diesel engine!

On a serious note, are they planning on towing a hydrogen tanktainer or something on a ballasted flat car? I think it was Dodgy Bros that converted a 44 class (4498??) with supplementary LPG injection to improve emissions and/or reduce fuel burn but that's going back a well voer a decade and no one else seems to have followed suit so it can't have been a roaring success.
KRviator

While FFI is investing in 'green hydrogen' plants I think the talk for the locomotives some time ago was the use of 'green ammonia'.

Or maybe fitting the ore waggons with solar panel top hatches!

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