Has there been any rail activity in the Plbara region since SM65, JasonScott, Torquelimited and Crisfitz last made posts? Or has the Chinese downturn stopped traffic?
I for one, and I know many others, would enjoy seeing the pictures and reading more about rail activity at BHPBiliiton, FMG and Riot Tinto operations in the region.
Out of interest, I note that the 7HDL-16's in the C6000's are to be replaced by GEVO-16s.
I'm a bit vague on the HDL engine. It seemed, like the EMD 265H to have had a short life in the product catalogue. Was there something fundamentally wrong with it?
DW in Devonport
Note the post-Granville (1976) encasement of spindly bridge piers with concrete deflection walls.
Another level crossing to go on Highway 1Which reminds me to check if the design includes walkways for us mortal photographers? Might need to have a chat with the Project Manager if not !!
As far as I know all the HDL engines in BHP Billiton units had all been replaced by mid 2008. You could tell by the new silver coloured exhaust stacks projecting up through the hood openings, until they got burned black after some time in service. The V250 engines sounded different to the HDL, so it was fairly obvious.Thanks M636C.
The HDL was the GE designation for the German Deutz model 632 engine which is still in production. Deutz concentrated on the inline version of the engine, and GE concentrated on the vee type engine which they called the HDL. GE decided that the crankcase of the HDL wasn't strong enough and after making several US law firms much wealthier and probably some German lawyers, designed the GEVO or V250 as a stronger version of the HDL. The bore, stroke and the speed of both engines were the same.
The SD40R units out at the Flashbutt Yard are:Hi Toad,
3091 idling away on a CFCLA ballast car.
3090, 3095, 3086 shut down out the back.
3096 with two loaded Chinese built ballast cars, 3092 and 3093, behind this, with 3078 behind the two loaded hoppers.
3094 adjacent to the service shelter with 3097 in the service shelter.
A few images to follow.
Hey Toad,Two years out of the Pilbara was two years too long!
Couldn't you keep away? Though as a interested observer, glad to see you back there and looking forward to pics!
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