Had to go to Wittenoom over the last couple of days so took the scenic route via Cape Lambert, Dampier and then the Tom Price road past the duplication works at Western Creek and then the Roebourne - Wittenoom Rd to see some FMG rail crossings on the new Solomon line.
The duplication is going well on the Cape Lambert to Western Creek section.
The bridge over the NWC Hwy has the deck in place and looks close to getting the bitumen seal.
The track is close to each end and must be awaiting the opening of the overbridge before it's completed.
Cape Lambert, for those who don't know now looks nothing like it did a few years ago.
Gone is the one track dirt road crossing at the 6.1km and in its place are two huge bridges with no less than 9 tracks running under them.
The once nice spot at the 7km post to see loaded trains arriving at the Cape has been replaced by huge yards and service shops, though the triangle looks to be still intact.
Out at Western Creek, the line is getting an interconnecting line with the TP line by taking an easterly route off the line to Deepdale and Mesa A at the 71km area. A new bridge has been built over the Western Creek, so there is now three lines one three bridges in this area of 150 or 200 metres.
At the south end of Emu, the TP line duplication starts at the north end of Emu, it is now a 4 track junction, with the two lines mentioned for the TP line and the two lines for the Cape Lambert line. And will be a good location of the Tom Price sealed road looking down upon the junction.
Over near Solomon with FMG's line running through a very remote part of the country, they have re-aligned part of the Wittenoom - Nanutarra Rd to save on one level crossing. An unprotected crossing with stop signs is at the 278.291km, with another on the Wittenoom - Roebourne Rd at the 255.184km. Avon Siding is located further east at the Great Northern Hwy and that crossing is just before the 198km.
And then the earth works have started for Gina's Roy Hill project with the line close and visible from the Great Northern Hwy in a number of locations, and with it crossing the Marble Bar Rd, only a few hundred metres off the Hwy.
Only train spied due to other commitments was FMG SD70ACe 702 and 9-44CW 011 with an empty at the 278.291km crossing.
Rio's duo of Dash 7's Bill and Ben (5051 and 5052) are stored on the dead end loco test track at Seven Mile. At Parker Point, most of the old HI fuel tanks are stored there along with the 3 Robe ballast cars the HI VA class box vans, and the HI experimental curved floor ore car pair.
A viewing platform is also being built at Parker Point, at the bus stop.
Meanwhile back in Hedland, the new bridge on Wallwork Rd has had the spans installed, this is the bridge over the duplicated Finucane Island line to and from South Hedland.
I'll try and get up some photos.