Pilbara Activity

 
  Hendo Deputy Commissioner

Now that Toad has returned home to the home of the cane toads, is there anyone still in the Pilbara? Or are there no FIFO Railpage Australia guys?

Would really enjoy reading, and hopefully seeing some pictures, of activities up in the North West.



Cheers,
Hendo

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  crisfitz Chief Commissioner

Location: Enroute somewhere
Now that Toad has returned home to the home of the cane toads, is there anyone still in the Pilbara? Or are there no FIFO Railpage Australia™ guys?

Would really enjoy reading, and hopefully seeing some pictures, of activities up in the North West.



Cheers,
Hendo
"Hendo"


Hi Hendo,

I get up to Tom Price / Rosella at least once a month - I'm heading to Hope Downs 1 on Tuesday for a site inspection so I may get a shot or two.

Next month, and early April, I have many trips to the area which includes the commissioning of the new Bellbird siding extension. Should get a few shots then eh!!

Cheers

 
  Hendo Deputy Commissioner

I get up to Tom Price / Rosella at least once a month - I'm heading to Hope Downs 1 on Tuesday for a site inspection so I may get a shot or two.

Next month, and early April, I have many trips to the area which includes the commissioning of the new Bellbird siding extension. Should get a few shots then eh!!

Cheers

 
"crisfitz"


Crisfiz,

Thank you very much look forward to seeing and hearing what is going on up there. I reckon Westernrails.com would be interested as well, it has been a bit sad not seeing much in the way of Pilbara happenings in his newsletter!


Cheers,
Hendo
  crisfitz Chief Commissioner

Location: Enroute somewhere

Hi all,

 

My short visit up north unfortunately didn't net any trains, but I can update you on some Rio Tinto projects.

The new Lang Hancock Railway extension to the Hope Downs 4 mine is well underway, with preliminary earthworks 30 days in. This 50km extension will include 2 bridges of around 60m in length, the first over the Weeli Wolli Creek - accessible via the West Angles Shire Road, so a new photo spot for those interested. There will be some great cuttings and embankments on the line, so I look forward to getting some snaps over the next 9 months.

The extension to Bellbird siding near Rosella Junction is nearing completion, and the expansion of Rosella is also charging ahead.

Check out Western Rails next issue for a few snaps I took this week. 

Cheers

 

Cris

  Hendo Deputy Commissioner

Thanks Cris,

Cheers,
Hendo
  Bulbous Assistant Commissioner


Hi Cris,

I was involved with the construction of the first section of the Hope Downs railway (with Leightons, from West Angeles junction to just past Great Northern Highway), so know that section well. Where does the extension for the Hope Downs 4 mine come off this line? I still remember the soil conditions down near the West Angeles line jundtion - you could lose light vehicles in there right up to the doors easily enough! (no - it wasn't me this time....)

Cheers, Matt

  crisfitz Chief Commissioner

Location: Enroute somewhere

Hi Cris,

I was involved with the construction of the first section of the Hope Downs railway (with Leightons, from West Angeles junction to just past Great Northern Highway), so know that section well. Where does the extension for the Hope Downs 4 mine come off this line? I still remember the soil conditions down near the West Angeles line jundtion - you could lose light vehicles in there right up to the doors easily enough! (no - it wasn't me this time....)

Cheers, Matt

"Bulbous"


Hi Matt  / All,

The junction is right on the home signal for Hope Downs yard. The new line will run straight south from there.

And for those interested, the Bellbird extension was commissioned today. The existing passing track was extended by 2.5km to allow 2 trains to be held in the passing track to clear the main line. The next big (and I mean big) commissioning is the new track at Cape Lambert next week. Then the Rosella expansion will be done. The Rio system is expanding rapidly!!!

I'll try to post a couple of photos over the next day or so.





Last train through the East Main Line

This is how to slew a track - Pilbara style!!
  Hendo Deputy Commissioner

cris,

Excellent pics, thank you.

Hendo
  crisfitz Chief Commissioner

Location: Enroute somewhere
cris,

Excellent pics, thank you.

Hendo
"Hendo"


Cheers Hendo. I have taken 150+ photos so far, and at some stage I'll get a few more up. Glad to see the Pilbara holds some interest to the rail fanning crew Very Happy
  JasonScott Locomotive Fireman

Location: Karratha, W.A
14 day shut coming up on the Deepdale line from Western Creek to Mesa (not sure which Mesa), infrastructure upgrades, culvit repairs etc. etc.

Loco unload coming up in the next couple of days, don't have any info on what's coming in as yet, might be able to find out tonight.

"J Series" wagon unload on the 16th June.
  juniordriver Station Staff

Both mesa mines are closed to rail operations!
  JasonScott Locomotive Fireman

Location: Karratha, W.A
Both mesa mines are closed to rail operations!
"juniordriver"


As of now? Or some time in the, very very near, future?

14 days is a pretty major shut!
  juniordriver Station Staff

Well you cant access mesa mines without a bridge and that is being repaired and cd1 isdown for 14 days so they cant tip ore
  JasonScott Locomotive Fireman

Location: Karratha, W.A
Well you cant access mesa mines without a bridge and that is being repaired and cd1 isdown for 14 days so they cant tip ore
"juniordriver"


I thought the CD1 dumper shut got held up due tot he recent CD4 derail...?
I guess now is as good a time as any with the infrastructure/rail shut in progress.
  juniordriver Station Staff

cd2 went down for 10 days and i think cd1 was put on hold for a wk,but as of the 14th it will be down for around 2 wks.
Still bring pooled fleet trains into the cape to dump cd2,will be hectic with all the track slewing going on as well! Very Happy
  jd4980 Chief Commissioner

Location: Grafton
So just to try and catch up here, the dumpers at both ports share common numbers ?

I was of the belief CD1 was decommissioned a few years ago making recent posts in this thread a little confusing and misleading. Is there a CD1 and 2 at the Cape same as there was/is a CD1 and 2 at Dampier ?
  juniordriver Station Staff

Cd1 is at the cape,its the only dumper set up for the mesa fleet,will still be running for a bit longer yet.
  juniordriver Station Staff

Cd2 is also at the cape with cd3/4 etc over at dampier.
  JasonScott Locomotive Fireman

Location: Karratha, W.A
So just to try and catch up here, the dumpers at both ports share common numbers ?

I was of the belief CD1 was decommissioned a few years ago making recent posts in this thread a little confusing and misleading. Is there a CD1 and 2 at the Cape same as there was/is a CD1 and 2 at Dampier ?
"jd4980"


Nothing misleading whatsoever.

Cape Lambert
CD 1 "J" Series - Robe Fleet.
CD 2 "S & C" Series - Pooled Fleet.

EII
CD 2 "S & C" Series - Pooled Fleet.

Parker Point
CD 3 "S & C" Series - Pooled Fleet.
CD 4 "S & C" Series - Pooled Fleet.

"J" Series are single car wagons whereas the "S & C" or "Bradken & Chinese (QRRS)" wagons are married pairs (2 cars joined by a drawbar)
Soon to add either the "Q" or "B" series wagons. Both being tested at the moment.

*EDIT*
To add to that, you need to remember that even as "Pilbara Iron" HI & Robe ran independantly, it's only since they have come under the RTIO banner that they are considered "one". This should answer the "common numbers" question you had.

Also, yes, CD1 (@ Parker Point) was decommissioned, along with the original screen house and ship loader, in 2007 (I think)
  BossHogg Station Master



The last four editions West Australian Railscene e-Mags have had Pilbara photos including shots of SD90MAC-H and SD9043MAC in action on FMG.
 

In issues 188; 189; 190 and 191 they are at the top of the index list.


These are all available at:    http://www.westernrails.com  

  Hendo Deputy Commissioner


The last four editions West Australian Railscene e-Mags have had Pilbara photos including shots of SD90MAC-H and SD9043MAC in action on FMG ............ These are all available at:    http://www.westernrails.com  
"BossHogg"


Boss,

Thank you. Yes WesternRails has always been a great resource. I was hoping to see or hear more from the FIFO and others who work or visit there to post now that Toad Montgomery of http://www.pilbararailways.com.au/ has retired to the East Coast.


Cheers,
Hendo
  jd4980 Chief Commissioner

Location: Grafton
So just to try and catch up here, the dumpers at both ports share common numbers ?

I was of the belief CD1 was decommissioned a few years ago making recent posts in this thread a little confusing and misleading. Is there a CD1 and 2 at the Cape same as there was/is a CD1 and 2 at Dampier ?
"jd4980"


Nothing misleading whatsoever.

Cape Lambert
CD 1 "J" Series - Robe Fleet.
CD 2 "S & C" Series - Pooled Fleet.

EII
CD 2 "S & C" Series - Pooled Fleet.

Parker Point
CD 3 "S & C" Series - Pooled Fleet.
CD 4 "S & C" Series - Pooled Fleet.

"J" Series are single car wagons whereas the "S & C" or "Bradken & Chinese (QRRS)" wagons are married pairs (2 cars joined by a drawbar)
Soon to add either the "Q" or "B" series wagons. Both being tested at the moment.

*EDIT*
To add to that, you need to remember that even as "Pilbara Iron" HI & Robe ran independantly, it's only since they have come under the RTIO banner that they are considered "one". This should answer the "common numbers" question you had.

Also, yes, CD1 (@ Parker Point) was decommissioned, along with the original screen house and ship loader, in 2007 (I think)
"JasonScott"


It does indeed thanks.
  JasonScott Locomotive Fireman

Location: Karratha, W.A
Had a car come around a corner on the access road and roll over, onto the West Mainline.

Luckily we had guys out there that saw it before a train came through.
Normally have movements on the mainline every 20-40 minutes, very lucky it wasn't a LOT worse.
  juniordriver Station Staff

Really??Where abouts on the network did this happen and was it recent? Yes you are right they were very lucky!
  JasonScott Locomotive Fireman

Location: Karratha, W.A
Really??Where abouts on the network did this happen and was it recent? Yes you are right they were very lucky!
"juniordriver"


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