Dash 9-44CW

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Description

Rio Tinto subsidiary Hamersley Iron bought 29 General Electric Dash 9-44CW locomotives in 1994 rather than continue with similar Alco rebuilding programs that BHP and Rober River were undertaking at the time. The units would radically change to look of Hamersley Iron's locomotive roster. With a new silver colour scheme with red and blue stripes, yellow along the frame and a big red HI logo on the cab nose, they contrasted with the existing fleet livery of brunswick green and yellow.

They allowed Hamersley Iron to retire the existing fleet of Alco, GE and EMD units.

Subsequent orders saw the class swell to 72 units, with the last 10 being delivered in 2006. Three units were ordered in 2001 following the formation of 'Pilbara Rail' the merger of HI and Robe assets. These wore a distinctive 'Pilbara Rail' livery with ROBE reporting marks and numbered in the Robe fleet at 9470 - 9472, these were later renumbered to fit into the Dash 9 fleet being 9401 - 9403. The following orders, 4, 5 and 6 had this livery. A similar livery was applied to new units from orders 7, 8, 9 and 10, but named as 'Pilbara Iron'. The difference between owners was either the HI red dot or ROBE logos.

One loco is named, 7097 'Ken Onley'.

Loco 9406 wears an all over silver livery with Rio Tinto lettering following collision repairs.

Road no: 7043-7050, 7053-7098, 9401-9409, 9428-9436.

In 2006 Fortescue Metals Group ordered 15 units for it's new Pilbara mining venture. Delivered in late 2007 to Port Hedland and wearing FMG's blue and white livery, they were also fitted with ECP (electric) brakes from New York Air Brake.

One unit has been named, 012 - 'Peter Tapine'

Road no: 001 - 015.

Datasheet

Introduced 1994
Wheel arrangement Co-Co
Manufactured by General Electric Company, USA
Traction type Diesel-Electric
Number in database 88
Length 22.3 m
Weight 197 tonnes
Tractive effort 631 kN
Axle load 33 tonnes
Production model 9-44CW
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Fleet status

Road number Gauge Status Last owner Last operator / caretaker
001 Standard1435mm Operational FMG Fortescue Metals Group FMG Fortescue Metals Group
002 Standard1435mm Operational FMG Fortescue Metals Group FMG Fortescue Metals Group
003 Standard1435mm Operational FMG Fortescue Metals Group FMG Fortescue Metals Group
004 Standard1435mm Operational FMG Fortescue Metals Group FMG Fortescue Metals Group
005 Standard1435mm Operational FMG Fortescue Metals Group FMG Fortescue Metals Group
006 Standard1435mm Operational FMG Fortescue Metals Group FMG Fortescue Metals Group
007 Standard1435mm Operational FMG Fortescue Metals Group FMG Fortescue Metals Group
008 Standard1435mm Operational FMG Fortescue Metals Group FMG Fortescue Metals Group
009 Standard1435mm Operational FMG Fortescue Metals Group FMG Fortescue Metals Group
010 Standard1435mm Operational FMG Fortescue Metals Group FMG Fortescue Metals Group
011 Standard1435mm Operational FMG Fortescue Metals Group FMG Fortescue Metals Group
012 Standard1435mm Operational FMG Fortescue Metals Group FMG Fortescue Metals Group
013 Standard1435mm Operational FMG Fortescue Metals Group FMG Fortescue Metals Group
014 Standard1435mm Operational FMG Fortescue Metals Group FMG Fortescue Metals Group
015 Standard1435mm Operational FMG Fortescue Metals Group FMG Fortescue Metals Group
7043 Standard1435mm Operational Rio Tinto Rio Tinto
7044 Standard1435mm Operational Rio Tinto Rio Tinto
7045 Standard1435mm Operational Rio Tinto Rio Tinto
7046 Standard1435mm Operational Rio Tinto Rio Tinto
7047 Standard1435mm Operational Rio Tinto Rio Tinto
7048 Standard1435mm Operational Rio Tinto Rio Tinto
7049 Standard1435mm Operational Rio Tinto Rio Tinto
7050 Standard1435mm Operational Rio Tinto Rio Tinto
7053 Standard1435mm Operational Rio Tinto Rio Tinto
7054 Standard1435mm Operational Rio Tinto Rio Tinto
7055 Standard1435mm Operational Rio Tinto Rio Tinto
7056 Standard1435mm Operational Rio Tinto Rio Tinto
7057 Standard1435mm Operational Rio Tinto Rio Tinto
7058 Standard1435mm Operational Rio Tinto Rio Tinto
7059 Standard1435mm Operational Rio Tinto Rio Tinto
7060 Standard1435mm Operational Rio Tinto Rio Tinto
7061 Standard1435mm Operational Rio Tinto Rio Tinto
7062 Standard1435mm Operational Rio Tinto Rio Tinto
7063 Standard1435mm Operational Rio Tinto Rio Tinto
7064 Standard1435mm Operational Rio Tinto Rio Tinto
7065 Standard1435mm Operational Rio Tinto Rio Tinto
7066 Standard1435mm Operational Rio Tinto Rio Tinto
7067 Standard1435mm Operational Rio Tinto Rio Tinto
7068 Standard1435mm Operational Rio Tinto Rio Tinto
7069 Standard1435mm Operational Rio Tinto Rio Tinto
7070 Standard1435mm Operational Rio Tinto Rio Tinto
7071 Standard1435mm Operational
7071 Standard1435mm Operational Rio Tinto Rio Tinto
7072 Standard1435mm Operational Rio Tinto Rio Tinto
7073 Standard1435mm Operational Rio Tinto Rio Tinto
7074 Standard1435mm Operational Rio Tinto Rio Tinto
7075 Standard1435mm Operational Rio Tinto Rio Tinto
7076 Standard1435mm Operational Rio Tinto Rio Tinto
7077 Standard1435mm Operational Rio Tinto Rio Tinto
7078 Standard1435mm Operational Rio Tinto Rio Tinto
7079 Standard1435mm Operational Rio Tinto Rio Tinto
7080 Standard1435mm Operational Rio Tinto Rio Tinto
7081 Standard1435mm Operational Rio Tinto Rio Tinto
7082 Standard1435mm Operational Rio Tinto Rio Tinto
7083 Standard1435mm Operational Rio Tinto Rio Tinto
7084 Standard1435mm Operational Rio Tinto Rio Tinto
7085 Standard1435mm Operational Rio Tinto Rio Tinto
7086 Standard1435mm Operational Rio Tinto Rio Tinto
7087 Standard1435mm Operational Rio Tinto Rio Tinto
7088 Standard1435mm Operational Rio Tinto Rio Tinto
7089 Standard1435mm Operational Rio Tinto Rio Tinto
7090 Standard1435mm Operational Rio Tinto Rio Tinto
7091 Standard1435mm Operational Rio Tinto Rio Tinto
7092 Standard1435mm Operational Rio Tinto Rio Tinto
7093 Standard1435mm Operational Rio Tinto Rio Tinto
7094 Standard1435mm Operational Rio Tinto Rio Tinto
7095 Standard1435mm Operational Rio Tinto Rio Tinto
7096 Standard1435mm Operational Rio Tinto Rio Tinto
7097 Standard1435mm Operational Rio Tinto Rio Tinto
7098 Standard1435mm Operational Rio Tinto Rio Tinto
9401 Standard1435mm Operational Robe River Iron Associates Rio Tinto
9402 Standard1435mm Operational Robe River Iron Associates Rio Tinto
9403 Standard1435mm Operational Robe River Iron Associates Rio Tinto
9404 Standard1435mm Operational Robe River Iron Associates Rio Tinto
9405 Standard1435mm Operational Robe River Iron Associates Rio Tinto
9406 Standard1435mm Operational Robe River Iron Associates Rio Tinto
9407 Standard1435mm Operational Robe River Iron Associates Rio Tinto
9408 Standard1435mm Operational Robe River Iron Associates Rio Tinto
9409 Standard1435mm Operational Robe River Iron Associates Rio Tinto
9428 Standard1435mm Operational Robe River Iron Associates Rio Tinto
9429 Standard1435mm Operational Robe River Iron Associates Rio Tinto
9430 Standard1435mm Operational Robe River Iron Associates Rio Tinto
9431 Standard1435mm Operational Robe River Iron Associates Rio Tinto
9432 Standard1435mm Operational Robe River Iron Associates Rio Tinto
9433 Standard1435mm Operational Robe River Iron Associates Rio Tinto
9434 Standard1435mm Operational Robe River Iron Associates Rio Tinto
9435 Standard1435mm Operational Robe River Iron Associates Rio Tinto
9436 Standard1435mm Operational Robe River Iron Associates Rio Tinto

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