In other news, managed to find T387 the other day, involved a 3km round walk, but saw it nonetheless.
Also managed to see Ginny and Ginbata up close.
Images at the usual haunt.
Thanks for the update Toad, have you any idea of our many Dash 8's are still in service? I take it all the SD40's and AC 6000's are all in pieces?
Good news about 5630 as well.
What's the plan with 5630 plinthed in a park? business train? Anything happening with PRHS these days? crying shame all those Alco's rusting away. I believe all the SD40r's and AC's were scrapped late last year, sad would of been nice to see a sd40 preserved in espee colors.
I will be in Newman on July 7th for work purposes. I hope to sneak out before dinner and watch an ore train or two roll by from one of the overpasses, before leaving Newman early on the 8th.
Not having been to the Pilbara before, I would appreciate any suggestions for timings or alternative viewing locations? I won't be able to go far out of town.
Earlier today I checked out the Toads excellent website and noted what information I could. I was led to believe that the trains don't follow a timetable per se, but run on an as need basis. Is this still the case? Also, are BHP still running 14 trains a day from Newman?
Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.
Sorry to intrude,
Roy Hill has off hired the 4 CFCLA CD class units 4301, 4302, 4303 and 4305 and the T class T387.
The T class was on a float at Doolan's Yard, also in Wedgefield and disappeared yesterday. Possibly heading south??
Of interest or note is the fact CD4301 doesn't have any of the ECPB connections, while the other three units do, with some loco pilots having two connectors.
The CF's do not, nor have they ever, run on a revenue train for Rio Tinto. They are strictly for use as yard shunters.A bad choice of words by me there...
I thought that they do haul trains between 9 Mile & Dampier Port though ?I have to admit that I haven't seen them doing that, but checking on 4Trak last week showed 4405 and 4406 stopped at the ballast siding at the two mile, where I've seen empty rakes waiting on return from the dumper. Right now (as I post this) they are up at the highway end of the Seven Mile yard, coupled together, possibly on an empty rake returned from the dumper. It was good that their ARTC radios are still powered up, unlike the other four CFs .
The first place that comes to mind is the Great Northern Highway bridge just north of town.
It makes a good photo in the morning, in the afternoon the train would be a bit back lit.
It is a while since I've been there but I recall there was a lookout on the north east side of town where you could see the Mt Whaleback mine and the loadout (from some distance), and it might be worth checking from there whether there is a train ready to leave before heading to the bridge.
If you head out on the Marble Bar road, that runs parallel to the line to Hedland for some distance and Jimblebar Junction with its triangle crossing the road is a place where trains can be combined for the trip north. Photos are better in the morning from the Marble Bar road but you might get to the Western side by driving across the crossing on the access road where it separates from the Marble Bar road.
Only trains from Mt Whaleback pass the GN Highway bridge, so it is worth checking Jimblebar Junction, where trains from both mines pass.
I have to admit that I haven't seen them doing that, but checking on 4Trak last week showed 4405 and 4406 stopped at the ballast siding at the two mile, where I've seen empty rakes waiting on return from the dumper. Right now (as I post this) they are up at the highway end of the Seven Mile yard, coupled together, possibly on an empty rake returned from the dumper. It was good that their ARTC radios are still powered up, unlike the other four CFs .I can confirm that at 7 Mile, the CF locos are used regularly to collect the empty train from the EII dumper. They can also be used to collect empty trains from Parker Point dumpers too. The only thing they are not allowed to do is haul loaded trains to the dumpers.
Roy Hill has taken delivery of it's track geometry car, coded ZM.
BHP has also taken delivery of a new Mermec track recorder car in a bright yellow livery, possibly a Roger 800 model.
It looks even bigger than the Roger 800s in Sydney, although the different colour scheme might cause that...