Saturday 6 November 2021

Two more of FMG's ex-BNSF 9-44CW units cleaned before service.

FMG has leased eight Watco / GE lease units which are former BNSF units from an order of 217 General Electric 9-44CW locomotives under order number 1893 and the eight units that came to Australia are:

  • 4783 serial number 50637 build Jun-1998
  • 4787 serial number 50641 build Jun-1998
  • 4807 serial number 50661 build Jul-1998
  • 4833 serial number 50687 build Aug-1998
  • 4836 serial number 50690 build Aug-1998
  • 4847 serial number 50701 build Aug-1998
  • 4854 serial number 50708 build Aug-1998
  • 4871 serial number 50725 build Sep-1998

4847 and 4807 sit on stands and have had their hood doors removed for intensive cleaning.

FMG has more waggons arrive.

The Pilbara Port Authority has unloaded another batch of waggons for FMG from the Chinese manufacturer. There are currently sitting on the wharf hard stand area within the port and the other half at the Gobi Yard where a lot of the giant modules have been parked in the past.

The highest numbers reported seen so far are 9537 and 10538. These are 130 higher than the last highest numbers seen 9407 and 10408 back in late September. This current batch also look to be CRRC Qiqihar built with the CNR style body as the last batch.

It is thought the vessel was the Greenery Sea as its last port prior to Port Hedland was Dalian in China which is a known loading point for CRRC waggons.