a remote control locomotive also called an rcl is a railway locomotive that can be operated with a remote control. it differs from a conventional locomotive in that a remote control system has been installed in one or more locomotives within the train, which uses either a mechanical or radio transmitter and receiver system.
on 21 june 2001, eight bhp billiton ge ac6000cws combined to set the world record for the longest and heaviest train; hauling a 682-car, 99,734 gross-tonne 82,000 tonnes of ore , 7.3 kilometre-long train. in april 2008, fortescue metals group opened a line from cloud break mine to port hedland.
westrail, western australia's government-owned railway introduced locotrol working in 1996, also with retrofitted equipment. in june 2001 bhp iron ore in the australian pilbara set a record for the longest train with 682 ore cars and eight distributed ge ac6000cw locomotives in a 2-168-2-168-2-168-1-178-1 configuration.
25 august 2008: paul sparkes 29 , was fatally injured while assembling and inflating a heavy earth mover tyre at bhp's yandi iron ore mine. multiple fatalities. multiple fatalities in the western australian mining industry are very rare nowadays and none have occurred since june 2000.
on the iron ore line which goes between luleå, sweden and narvik, norway, iron ore trains are hauled by 360 t 350 long tons; 400 short tons iore locomotives. these 8,660 t 8,520 long tons; 9,550 short tons trains incl locomotive are the heaviest in europe.
iron ore train leaving the brockman 4 mine in april 2011 hamersley railway edit the first part of the pilbara iron rail network to be constructed was a line known as the hamersley railway, between a newly opened mine at tom price and a newly constructed port now the port of dampier at king bay.
the goldsworthy railway, owned and operated by bhp billiton, is a private rail network in the pilbara region of western australia built to carry iron ore. it is one of two railway lines the group operates in the pilbara, the other being the mount newman railway.. in addition to the bhp billiton network, there are two more independent iron ore rail lines in the pilbara.
iron knob is a town in the australian state of south australia on the eyre peninsula immediately south of the eyre highway.at the 2006 census, iron knob and the surrounding area had a population of 199. the town obtained its name from its proximity to large deposits of iron ore, most notably iron monarch which outcropped prominently from the relatively flat, surrounding landscape.
in 2004, bhp billiton ordered a first batch of 14 sd70ace/lci locomotives for use on iron ore trains in the pilbara region of western australia. page needed it operated in 2015 a fleet of 23 sd70ace/lci locomotives beside of 142 standard sd70ace, from which the newest locomotives are built in 2014.
bhp billiton iron ore ge cm40-8m no. 5650 yawata left and emd sd70ace no. 4352 lightning right at boodarie, near port hedland, 2012. bhp billiton iron ore edit in order of introduction on the goldsworthy and mount newman railways .
the iron ore line is single track, electrified at 15 kv 16.7 hz ac and has a permitted axle load of 30 tonnes 30 long tons; 33 short tons . the swedish part of the line is the northernmost railway in sweden and the norwegian part outside narvik is the northernmost railway in the whole of western europe at 68.452 n.
the mount newman railway, owned and operated by bhp billiton, is a private rail network in the pilbara region of western australia built to carry iron ore. it is one of two railway lines the group operates in the pilbara, the other being the goldsworthy railway. in addition to the bhp billiton network, there are three more independent iron ore rail lines in the pilbara: the rio tinto operated hamersley & robe river railway, the fortescue railway and the roy hill railway.
the jimblebar mine is an iron ore mine located in the pilbara region of western australia, 41 kilometres east of newman.. the mine is fully owned and operated by bhp billiton, and is one of seven iron ore mines the company operates in the pilbara. the company also operates two port facilities at port hedland, nelson point and finucane island, and over 1,000 kilometres of rail in the pilbara.
rio tinto opens its first iron ore mine in the pilbara: mount tom price mine: july 1966: tom price to dampier - first fully loaded ore train: august 1966: dampier - first shipment of ore loaded: 1967: iron ore discovered at mount whaleback: newman: may 1967: hamersley holdings limited shares on the asx: 1968: bhp billiton establishs an iron ore .
bhp billiton iron ore train has typically 268 cars and a train weight of 43,000 tonnes carrying 24,200 tonnes of iron ore, 2.8 km long, two sd70ace locomotives at the head of the train and two remote controlled sd70ace locomotives as mid-train helpers
the pilbara also has one of the world's major manganese mines, woodie woodie, situated 400 kilometres 250 mi southeast of port hedland. iron ore deposits were first discovered by prospector stan hilditch, who in 1957 found a large iron ore deposit in the southern ophthalmia range, at what was to become the mount whaleback mine.