Comalco Collision - Weipa

 
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

A serious collision occurred on Rio Tinto's isolated standard gauge line near Weipa in Far North Queensland on September 22nd. An empty 34 wagon train hauled by ten year old JT42C R1006 collided with the rear of the second 34 wagon set at the Andoom bauxite loadout, derailing R1006 and four wagons. Rollingstock and some surrounding infrastructure was severly damaged. It is reported the train driver was extracted from the locomotive cab by Fire and Rescue and was transferred to the Weipa Hospital for observation.

Located 820km north of Cairns, the 19km standard gauge line was opened by Comalco in 1972 and hauls up to 35-million tonnes of bauxite each year from the world's largest bauxite mine - most going to Gladstone. By tonnage this rail haul makes Rio Tinto the third largest rail operator in Queensland.

https://www.atsb.gov.au/publications/investigation_reports/2019/rair/ro-2019-017/

Sponsored advertisement

  lkernan Deputy Commissioner

Location: Melbourne
Initial details from ATSB:
https://www.atsb.gov.au/publications/investigation_reports/2019/rair/ro-2019-017/

Ouch, those photos!
Hard to believe the driver was in there, let alone got out with minor injuries!
  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
Whatever happened to the ex comalco loco which found itself in Melbourne and was running around for El Zorko ?

I believe it was also a JT42C ?
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

Whatever happened to the ex comalco loco which found itself in Melbourne and was running around for El Zorko ?

I believe it was also a JT42C ?
freightgate
Yep, R1004 was built in 1990 as Australia's first JT42C, it came south in 2009 after the arrival of R1005 and R1006 and now operates as GML10 in Qube's fleet.

It's interesting that at this stage no replacement locomotive appears to have been hired and sent north, or that the badly damaged R1006 has come south. With the northern wet season about to start, Rio Tinto's window for trucking in and trucking out the various locomotives and wagons is closing rapidly.
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
R 1004 (and R 1001) were both on the wharf at Carrington on 29 November 2010.
  lkernan Deputy Commissioner

Location: Melbourne
R 1004 (and R 1001) were both on the wharf at Carrington on 29 November 2010.
YM-Mundrabilla

If we're going for irrelevant facts, then R 1004 was at Clyde Kelso in 1990.
  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
Was there also the L277 that came south ?
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
R 1004 (and R 1001) were both on the wharf at Carrington on 29 November 2010.

If we're going for irrelevant facts, then R 1004 was at Clyde Kelso in 1990.
lkernan
No level of reliable detail is irrelevant including your Kelso contribution.

Sorry, an ill-fated attempt on my part to provide a level of 'irrelevant' detail beyond '2010' re the return of R 1004 from Weipa.

For good measure, on the other hand, the information has not been understood re R 1001 which turned into L 277.

Looks like I wasted everyone's time (including my own). Smile
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Was there also the L277 that came south ?
freightgate

Purchased by Ian Moore I do believe.

Sponsored advertisement

Subscribers: bevans, Trans-Siberian

Display from:   

Quick Reply

We've disabled Quick Reply for this thread as it was last updated more than six months ago.