It's envisaged that this page will show case information and images of the rolling stock and maintenance machines used by BHP Iron Ore and predecessors Mt Newman and Goldsworthy Mining.
BHP currently has approximately 10000 ore waggons, cars or hoppers as well as their own ballast, fuel, flat and 'steel' or rail transport waggons. Several special waggons like the weighbridge test and jumbo flats are now stored out of service. The original 'steel' or rail train consist is stabled on the Goldsworthy line at Allen Siding. BHP also operates, along with their contracting partners, various ballast tampers, regulators, Hi-Rail machines and rail grinders.
The original 144 ore waggons that came with the purchase of the original rotary waggon unloader or 'Car Dumper' were called 'Oros' as they had come from the Oroville Dam construction which was located within the state of Californiain in the United States of America. These waggons were numbered upwards from #521 up to #664. They were all built in 1963 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 waggons 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 pictures of the trains and ore waggons.
Waggons 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 waggons to the present day, while others have been converted to weighbridge test waggons or cut-down to form compressor sets, or modified to become index or spotting waggons which are painted white. One compressor set received the corporate BHP blue livery.
The ore waggon fleet was increased with an order for Comeng WA to build a fleet of ore waggons with a 110 ton capacity, these were built in several batches starting with ore waggon 2001 in 1969.
By 1971 they had reached ore waggon number 2999 so numbering continued on from 1001.
By 1976 subsequent batches of ore waggons from Comeng WA had grown the fleet to ore waggon number 1999, including several replacement waggon 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 waggons.
Transfield built a 18 waggons along similar designs to the Comeng style but with a tapered floor in 1976 numbered 4501 to 4518.
In 1988 350 ore waggons arrived from Arad Romania, due to some external issues, 284 of them were stored, approximately 75 of the Romanian built ore waggons 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 waggons build by Goninan WA as 'replacement' waggons 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 waggons. Several batches of these wagons went into replacement waggon 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 950088-331 build date 10/2001 being the first such waggon constructed following the conversion of a standard GoLynx ore waggon by the BHP Ore Car Repair Shop into ore waggon 8400 and
stenciled GML ONLY. This waggon is serial 950088-176 build date 03/2001.
The 8400 series GML waggons differ also from the standard GoLynx design by having scalloped ends and angle section welded to the top long edge of each waggon, along with tell-tale welding lines where the internal plates for the hopper are visible on the 5Cr12Ti steel.
Some 30 such ore waggons were done to this style for the GML line. They have all since been converted back to conventional rotary style gondola ore waggons but still carry the weld markings and are numbered from 8400 to 8430.
BHP has a fleet of tank waggons to convey diesel fuel oil from their Nelson Point facility to the Mount Whaleback mining operation at Newman.
The tank waggon 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 waggons between 1970 and 1971 numbered 0003 to 0008. Tank waggon 0006 ended up being cut up and used as a water tank for the ballast stand pipe located at the Flash Butt yard immediately north of Bing Siding.
A further order with Comeng NSW in 1972 resulted in a further three tank waggons being built but with a larger capacity of 113,000 litres and numbered 0010 to 0012.
More tanks were later ordered from Comeng and built in WA between 1974 and 1975 with six being delivered and numbered 0013 to 0018 with a 114,000 litre capacity.
Two further fuel tank waggons, numbered 0019 and 0020 both with an 82,000 litre capacity were originally operated by BP Australia and built by Comeng NSW in 1972, before being absorbed in the BHP fleet.
Only two tank waggons, #0015 and #0018 where repainted from the BHP blue livery into the Earth livery.
Then a major upgrade of the fuel fleet happened. Some twenty five tank waggons numbered 0021 to 0045 with a 116,000 litre capacity were built in China by QRRS in two batches between 2014 and 2015. Several of the waggons carry safety slogans and wear a grey livery.
Since delivery and final commissioning of the new QRRS tank fleet, in August 2015 the 17 original fuel tanks were scrapped.
The ballast waggon fleet originally consisted of about twenty second hand 'Oro' or Oroville ballast waggons originally built by Magor in 1963 in the USA and numbered between of #501 to #520. Other Oro waggons were later converted by the Mount Newman Mining workshops into ballast waggons along with one becoming a ballast plough converted from waggon #519.
During the expasnion phase of the iron ore industry from 2004 onwards a fleet of hire ballast waggons were leased from CFCLA and these consisted of imported former USA railroad hopper waggons which were coded by CFCLA as CHRY and CHQY types.
In 2010-11 a fleet of Chinese built ballast hopper waggons were delivered which spelt the end of the original 'Oro' and the leased CFLCA waggons in active mainline ballast service. These new hopper style ballast waggons were built by CNR-QRRS of China with a 99 tonne and 60m³ capacity they wear a yellow livery.
BHP / Mt Newman Ore Waggons
BHP / Mt Newman Tank Waggons
BHP / Mt Newman Per Way Waggons
Goldsworthy Ore Waggons