CE636R

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Description

Hamersley Iron had their C636 class and some M363 class locos rebuilt by Comeng Bassendean between 1981 and 1985 into the CE636R model. They kept their original road numbers: 3006 - 3017, and 4031-4037, 4039-4041, 4043 and 4047. All these units bar 3017 were scrapped in 1998.

Unit 3017 survives today at the PRHS museum at Two Mile, Dampier, and has seen work on construction trains for Hamersley Iron, the last time in 2005.

Robe River bought two second hand former Penn Central Alco C636 locomotives, and these were remanufactured by Comeng (WA) in 1986. they feature the vertical radiators, and the 'Pilbara' cab and were classed CE636R.

Both units were sold to Coote Industrial and rebuilt by GTSA Engineering at Maddington, WA and painted in FMG colours for use on the construction of FMG's railway from Port Hedland to Cloud Break mine. The have since been stored out of service at Wedgefield, Port Hedland, WA.

Road numbers and names:

RRIA no. 9426  Coote Industrial no. DR8401 Jean.

RRIA no. 9427  Coote Industrial no. DR8403 Rachel.

Datasheet

Introduced 1981
Wheel arrangement Co-Co
Manufactured by Commonwealth Engineering, Bassendean, Western Australia
Traction type Diesel-Electric
Number in database 5
Length 21.18
Weight 188 tonnes
Tractive effort 403 kN
Axle load 32 tonnes
Production model CE636R
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Fleet status

Road number Gauge Status Last owner Last operator / caretaker
3017 Standard1435mm Preserved - Operational Pilbara Rail Heritage Society, Seven Mile (WA) Pilbara Rail Heritage Society, Seven Mile (WA)
9426 Standard1435mm Stored Robe River Iron Associates Robe River Iron Associates
9427 Standard1435mm Stored Robe River Iron Associates Robe River Iron Associates
DR8401 Standard1435mm Stored Coote Industrial South Spur Rail Services
DR8403 Standard1435mm Stored Coote Industrial South Spur Rail Services

Please note - in the case of scrapped, renumbered or rebuilt locomotives, the last operator or owner is listed.

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