It's envisaged that this page will show case information and images of the rollingstock and maintenance machines used by BHP Billiton Iron Ore, which has approximately 4000 ore cars, their own as well as leased ballast hoppers, a 'steel' or rail train, several tank cars, weighbridge test cars, flat cars and others. Along with various tampers and regulators.
The original 144 ore cars that came with the purchase of the original Car Dumper were called 'Oro's' as they had come from the Oroville Dam construction which was located in the United States of America state of California. These cars were numbered from 521 up to 664. They were built by Magor in the USA with a 91 ton capacity.
If you're wondering why the word 'waggons', it was on a sign on the original Car Dumper 1, which was bought 2nd hand from the USA with the original ore cars from the Oroville Dam. The sign read 'KEEP CLEAR OF WAGGONS LIMITED CLEARANCE'.
Here's a website with some images from the Oroville Dam tunnel accident.
And another here with some pics of the trains and ore cars.
Cars numbered 501 to 520 were of a bottom discharge style ballast hopper, again with a 91 ton capacity.
Several of them survive in service as ballast cars to the present day, while others have been converted to weighbridge test cars or cut-down to form compressor sets, or modified to become index or spotting cars which are painted white. One compressor set received the corporate BHP blue livery.
The ore car fleet was increased with an order for Comeng WA to build a fleet of ore cars with a 110 ton capacity, these were built in several batches starting with ore car 2001 in 1969.
By 1971 they had reached ore car number 2999 so numbering continued on from 1001.
By 1976 subsequent batches of ore cars from Comeng WA had grown the fleet to ore car number 1999, including several replacement car numbers to fill gaps caused by written off stock, so numbering started at 4001 and by 1982 the wagons from Comeng WA had reached number 4137. For a total of approximately 2170 ore cars.
Transfield built a 18 cars along similar designs to the Comeng style but with a tapered floor in 1976 numbered 4501 to 4518.
In 1988 350 ore cars arrived from Arad Romania, due to some external issues, 284 of them were stored , approximately 75 of the Romanian built ore cars made it into service numbered between 3294 to 3368. Of which I’ve managed to capture 51 of them.
Goninan WA then completed an order for 126 wagons which were basically a copy of the Transfield design with the tapered floor in 1997 to 1998 numbered 4138 to 4385.
This was followed by an order for around 120 cars build by Goninan WA as 'replacement' cars re-using existing numbers, but this time with a flat floor in 1999 to 2000.
Further wagon orders were placed with Goninan WA from 2001 onwards, this time the wagon style was designed by Lynx Engineering WA and built by Goninan WA and are known as the Golynx ore cars.
Several batches of these wagons went into replacement car numbers. With the first new number being 4600 in 2003.
Goninan started building a modified version with bottom discharge ‘bomb bay’ doors for use on the GML line in October 2001, with 8401 serial no. 950088-331 built date 10/01 being the first such waggon constructed following the conversion of a standard Golynx ore car by the BHP Ore Car Repair Shop into ore car 8400 stencilled GML ONLY. This car is serial no. 950088-176 build date 03/2001.
The 8400 series GML cars differ also from the standard Golynx design by having scalloped ends and angle section welded to the top long edge of each car, along with tell-tale welding lines where the internal plates for the hopper are visible on the 5Cr12Ti steel.
Some 30 such ore cars were done to this style for the GML line. They have all since been converted back to conventional rotary style gondola ore cars but still carry the weld markings and are numbered from 8400 to 8430.
BHP Billiton has a fleet of tank cars to convey fuel oil from their Nelson Point yard and rail operations facility to their Mt. Whaleback mining operation at Newman.
The tank car fleet also has a water tank numbered 0001, one of two such tanks built by Comeng NSW in 1970 with 82,000 litre capacity, the other tank 0002 was converted to a weed spray tank, then later to fuel tank 0002.
Comeng NSW also built six 82,000 litre fuel tank waggon between 1970 and 1971 and numbered 0003 to 0008.
A further order with Comeng NSW in 1972 resulted in a further three tanks with a larger capacity of 113,000 litres and numbered 0010 to 0012.
More tanks were ordered from Comeng WA between 1974 and 1975 with six delivered and numbered 0013 to 0018 with a 114,000 litre capacity.
Two further fuel tank waggons 0019 and 0020 both with a 82,000 litre capacity were originally operated by BP Australia and built by Comeng NSW in 1972, before being absorbed in the BHP fleet.
A further twenty five tank waggons numbered 0021 to 0045 with a 116,000 litre capacity were built in China by QRRS in two batches in 2014 and 2015.
Since delivery and final commissioning of the new QRRS tank fleet, in August 2015 the 17 original fuel tanks were scrapped.
The BHP Billiton ballast car fleet has consisted of about twenty two second hand Oroville ballast cars numbered in the low 500 number series and a ballast plough converted from another.
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