We have pulled our finger out and collated all of our digital images taken at the Pilbara Railways Historical Society Museum and put them into one album within our gallery.
Sunday 27 September 2020
Friday 25 September 2020
Went down and checked on the status of the museum as it has been a while. The museum is unable to be accessed by the general public now as it has a locked Rio Tinto access gate at the Dampier Salt end of the road. However, being a member access was arranged to do a quick inspection of the place.
Wednesday 23 September 2020
Sunday 20 September 2020
Friday 18 September 2020
BHP has two Dash 8 locomotives that didn't end up getting scrapped when they were retired. One of them is the first unit built new September 1988 in Western Australia as a CM39-8 with serial number 5831-09 / 88-079 and numbered 5630 and names Zeus, this is stored at Nelson Point Port Hedland after having travelled some 4.5 million kilometres.
Monday 24 August 2020
Another two new SD70ACe/Lci units were delivered to Nelson Point on Sunday 23rd of August. 4496 and 4494 were walked the 3.5 km distance from the Pilbara Ports Authority complex to the hard stand at BHP Nelson Point yard on Mammoet self-propelled modular transporter (SPMT) with 20 lines of 4 wheels for a total of 80 wheel. Once locos are unloaded then the platforms are again walked back to the PPA for another load.
The image shows 4496 under the loco lift gantry while 4494 waits for its turn to unload on its SPMT.
This left units 4495 and 4497 to be delivered on Monday.
Sunday 23 August 2020
BHP's new SD70ACe/Lci units are being delivered to Nelson Point by Mammoet on their self-propelled modular transporter or SPMT, then unloaded at the BHP Nelson Point Hard Stand by a 'Loco Lift' or modular gantry system. The locos tip the scales at 180 tonnes devoid of fuel and, water and lube oil.
Friday 21 August 2020
BHP has had a further six Electro Motive SD70ACe/Lci units delivered via the port of Norfolk, Virginia (USA) on the vessel BBC Sapphire. The six units, 4492 to 4497 were unloaded at the PPA Port Hedland wharf during Tuesday the 18th of August 2020.
Built by Progress Rail at Muncie Indiana in May of 2020 with serial numbers 20198860-001 to 20198860-006.
The units are seen here at the PPA hard stand area awaiting delivery to BHP's Nelson Point yard by heavy lift road floats by Mammoet.
Monday 22 June 2020
Sunday 21 June 2020
The only way to tell an SD70ACe-P6 model unit from a standard unit is the difference in height of the inverter cabinet located on the observers or left-hand side immediately behind the cab. The -P6 is slightly higher and is noticeable on Aussie units as we have a kickplate on our handrail assemblies.
Saturday 20 June 2020
Back in February 2020 two deliveries of five locos each were unloaded at Port Hedland then delivered via road to FMG. The ten units were built by Progress Rail at their Electro-Motive factory in Muncie. The units were built the same time as an order was being built for Norfolk Southern and the FMG units were delivered pretty much identical to the NS order. With the Australian standard handrails being installed locally.
The units are the SD70ACe-P6 and they have an inverter per axle rather than the standard inverter per bogie (or truck) giving better traction control and also have a higher rated T3 compliant prime mover the 16-710G3C-T3 for 4500 horsepower.
Some videos of the units running trains can be found here: Shift Pig Youtube videos.
Thursday 7 May 2020
Between Bing Siding and the Flashbutt Yard, Speno Rail Maintenance Australia appear to be testing / commissioning their new RG5 rail grinder, which is an RR36, meaning 36 grinding wheels with serial M36A. It is between RG3 and RR48 and RG4 another RR36.
BHP Iron Ore use Speno and Loram for rail grinding activities to enhance operational performance of their rail line and wheel wear.
Wednesday 6 May 2020
Saturday 11 April 2020
FMG has been taking delivery of more ore waggons over the last few days. This is believed to be the second part of an order for 248 new cars as part of expansion and removing bottlenecks in the supply chain.
The first 124 waggons arrived in February.
Numbers in this second batch look to be filling in some gaps in the numbering sequence. Numbers seen have been 10018, 9017, 9033 and 7997.
By the style they are from China Southern CSR Yangtze.