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Dash 7 SIDING
Page updated 17/04/2010.
BHP Iron Ore used to run a fleet of eight CM36-7 or Dash 7 locomotives rebuilt from Alco 636 units that ended up being confined to the former Goldsworthy line running from the Finucane Island unloader to the mines at both Yarrie and Nimingarra.
Of note are locos 5510, having had Dash 8 radiators fitted following collision damage in 1993 and 5511, being the first unit withdrawn following an engine failure in 1998.
The reminder of units were withdrawn from service altogether in 1999 once eight new AC6000 units had entered service.
The names off the Dash 7 locos were then fitted to the AC6000 locos.
Locomotives 5507 and 5508 where rebuilt in 2003 by United Goninan at Bassendean (Perth WA) for use by Pilbara Rail at their Dampier Seven Mile operations as shunt engines and received the road numbers 5051 and 5052 along with the striking Pilbara Rail paint scheme.
To see the Dash 7 loco details on Locopage click
Dash 7 Scrapping
Images of 5509 and 5508 being stripped to allow road haulage to Perth. The fuel tanks, ploughs and engine hoods are removed outside. They are then towed into the Overhaul Shop where the engine and bogies are removed and the lifeless shell placed on a heavy haul trailer. The bogies and prime mover are placed on a road train trailer each and follow their body to Perth. When the photos where taken 5507 was being lifted onto a trailer. Now 5509 has followed. The units appear to be leaving at about one per week.
Photos of Dash 7 locos working their last few months and then stored at the Flashbutt yard.
The line up of the units from the southern end was 5508, 5509, 5507, 5513, 5511, 5512, 5510, 5506 and orange Alco 636 5499.
Photos of Dash 8's taking over from the Dash 7's.
Set Back to Pilbara Yard / Departure Yard
/ BHP Road / Pilbara Rail Road
/ Fortescue Metals Road / ROBE Road
/ Hamersley Iron Road / Comalco Siding
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