Comalco runs a railway between Lorim Point and Andoom on the West Coast of Cape York, in the Far North of Queensland.
The town is Weipa, and the product is Bauxite, the base of Aluminium.
The length of line is 20 kilometres. Lorim Point is the car dumper (unloader) and stockpile / port end, while Andoom is the remote mine located to the north of Lorim Point.
Train length is usually 30 plus waggons, running 24 hours a day, 5 days a week.
The following photos were taken in 1995, and show:
R 1001 has been sold and moved to Victoria and in operation there as L 277 hauling grain trains after having some work done at CFCLAs Goulburn facility.
Locomotives now in use hauling bauxite from Andoom to Lorim Point are numbered R 1005 and R 1006 and are model JT42C, along the same lines as R 1004 or NSW 82 class.
For a look at Comalco operations back in the early '80s, check out David Head's Weipa Gallery.
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Weipa bauxite mining railway on Cape York in Far North Queensland. Lorim Point dump station and railway workshops, locos R 1001 and 1003, waggons track machines and rail grinder.
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Weipa bauxite mining town on Cape York in Far North Queensland. Lorim Point port loading facilities, ship loaders, East Weipa Mine Centre trucks.
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Weipa bauxite mining railway on Cape York in Far North Queensland. Train operations with locos R 1001 and 1004.
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Weipa bauxite mining railway on Cape York in Far North Queensland. Lorim Point dump station and railway workshops, locos R 1001, 1003 and 1004, waggons track machine and rail grinder.
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