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040817 011436r127 viewsNelson Point, Wheel Lathe, BHP GE AC6000 unit 6073 'Fortescue' serial 51065 wait collection following a wheel turn. 17th August 2004.
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040817 010702r126 viewsNelson Point, Wheel Lathe, BHP GE AC6000 unit 6073 'Fortescue' serial 51065 wait collection following a wheel turn. 17th August 2004.
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040809 162852r126 viewsNelson Point, BHP GE AC6000 6075 'Newman' serial 51067 and EMD SD40R 3090 serial 33680 originally Southern Pacific SD40 SP 8488 depart the yard with the 1630hr departure on 9th August 2004. The mid-train units 5660 and 5656 can be just seen in picture.
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050625 3834126 viewsPippingarra near the 31km on the GML sees BHP Goninan GE rebuilt model CM40-8M unit 5648 'Kwangyang Bay' serial 8412-06 / 93-139 long end leading the Sundowner along the main on its return to Hedland 25th June 2005.
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051023 6248r126 viewsNelson Point hard stand, rear view of BHP Billiton Electro-Motive built SD70ACe/LC unit 4305 serial 20038540-006 showing radiator wing, dual rear marker lights and dynamic brake detail. 23rd October 2005.
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051022 5797r125 viewsPort Hedland port, BHP Billiton's first Electro-Motive SD70ACe to be off loaded in Australia 4311 serial 20038540-012 under tarp seen leaving the port en route to Nelson Point for unloading onto the rails 22nd October 2005.
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080612 2546125 viewsNelson Point, the first BHP Billiton Electro-Motive built SD70ACe 'Pumpkin' unloaded off the heavy lift ship DA QIANG on Thursday 12th June 2008. The crane behind the loco is for removing the tarp the other two are a 300 tonne on the left an a massive 500 tonne on the right.
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060714 6737r125 viewsHesta, a brace of BHP Billiton Electro-Motive built SD70ACe/LC mid-train units 4302 'Mooka' serial 20038540-003 and 4311 'Poonda' serial 20038540-012 are in full power as they assist a loaded train climbing the grade at the 226km. 14th July 2006.
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080116 1375r125 viewsChapman Siding, view of FMG's Zhuzhou Rolling Stock Works built waggons showing the 'F' type fixed and rotary couplers between 'control' waggon 2396 and 'slave' waggon 1187. Note the difference in the tare weights, 2396 with the fixed coupler is the 'control' waggon, while 1187 is the 'slave' waggon with the rotary coupler. The yellow circle also denotes the rotary coupler end. 16th January 2008.
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051023 6215r124 viewsNelson Point, BHP Billiton EMD built SD40 unit 3078 built February 1966 serial 31503 / 7861-13 still in previous owner IC & E blue and yellow runs out of the fuel gantry with loaded tank waggons as Electro-Motive (EMD successor) built SD70ACe/LC unit 4305 is lowered onto the rails. 23rd October 2005.
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080120 1593r124 viewsIndee Road grade crossing, the afternoon ballast train makes its' way south to the drop site having just crossed Indee Rd, 48.3 km. Comeng WA ALCo rebuild C636R loco DR 8404 'Vera' serial WA135-C-6040-01 id on the rear, with DR 8403 on the lead. 20th January 2008.
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040817 011002r123 viewsNelson Point, Wheel Lathe, BHP GE AC6000 unit 6073 'Fortescue' serial 51065 wait collection following a wheel turn. 17th August 2004.
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050625 3840123 viewsGoldsworthy Junction, BHP Goninan GE rebuilt model CM40-8M unit 5648 'Kwangyang Bay' serial 8412-06 / 93-139 long end leading runs off the Goldsworthy or GML line past signal GJ 2 onto the Newman mainline with the Sundowner on its return to Hedland 25th June 2005.
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060714 6721r122 viewsHesta, 226km sees BHP Goninan GE rebuild CM40-8M 5657 'Fukuyama' serial 8412-02 / 94-148 with EMD SD40-2 3081 and SD40R 3089 as they struggle upgrade with a loaded Yandi train, mid-train remote units visible are a pair of EMD SD70ACe/LC locos 4302 and 4311 14th July 2006.
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060710 6277r122 viewsBoodarie Yard, BHP Billiton Electro-Motive built SD70ACe/LC unit 4309 serial 20038540-010 and CM40-8M 5638 shunt through the yard during commissioning trials of Car Dumper 4 at Finucane Island. Boodarie Yard has just been expanded and the fence has since been put back up. 10th July 2006. Several years later both these locos and the HBI Plant in the background would all be gone!
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080202 1918r122 viewsIndee, at the 44 km post on the FMG railway a loaded ballast train heads south round the curve and into a summer rain squall. 2nd February 2008.
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040810 101005r121 viewsAbydos Siding, BHP GE AC6000 6075 'Newman' serial 51067 leads EMD SD40R unit 3090 serial 33680 originally Southern Pacific SD40 SP 8488 on the mainline having passed Tamper 2. The 330 board is the 330 waggon train clearance point from the north end switch. 10th August 2004.
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060416 3478r121 viewsNelson Point Locomotive Service Shop, BHP Billiton's class leader of the Electro-Motive built SD70ACe/LC locomotive 4300 serial 20038540-001 which was actually purchased as a spare parts source, sits in the shed during commissioning, of note is that it has no windscreen protectors fitted. 16th April 2006. This unit was subsequently stripped and then the frame and cab eventually scrapped in January 2016 without ever hauling a train.
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040816 190153r120 viewsNelson Point, BHP EMD SD40 units 3080 serial 33674 originally Southern Pacific SD40 SP 8482 and still in former owner IC&E blue and yellow livery awaits a return to service after a day at the wheel lathe 16th August 2004.
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080202 1810r120 viewsPort Hedland wharf, CFCLA ballast waggon CHQY 708B is unloaded off the vessel Kimberley Rose for road transporting to Cloud Break mine for use with TL 154 and a small ballast rake. 2nd February 2008.
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