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080614 2605120 viewsNelson Point hard stand sees BHP Billiton's latest Electro-Motive SD70ACe unit 4331 serial 20066862-060 originally built for BNSF as BNSF 9189 in all over BNSF orange referred to as 'pumpkins'. A 300 tonne crane on the left and an even bigger 500 tonne crane combine to lift the 200 tonne mass of the 4300 hp SD70ACe locomotive, 14th June 2008.
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080614 2611111 viewsPort Hedland, Gilbert Strett, brand new BHP Billiton Electro-Motive built SD70ACe 'Pumpkin' 4333 serial 20066862-062 is turning into Gate 9 and is the final unit in a ten unit order that was built originally for BNSF prior to BHP purchasing them. Thus proving an off the self US unit is suitable for Australia. Saturday 14th June 2008.
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080614 2629162 viewsPort Hedland, Gilbert Street, the last BHP Billiton Electro-Motive built SD70ACe 'Pumpkin' 4328 serial 20066862-057 and originally destined to be BNSF 9186 is turning into Gate 9 after being unloaded off the heavy lift ship DA QIANG Saturday 14th June 2008.
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080621 2703r156 viewsTabba Siding, BHP Billiton Goninan GE rebuild CM40-8M unit 5637 'De Grey' serial 8181-01/92-123 leads EMD SD70ACe/LC unit 4312 'Mindy' serial 20038540-013 with a loaded train from Mount Whaleback with the FMG line visible on the right 21st June 2008.
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080621 2783r94 viewsTabba Siding at the 83.4km crossing, the final member of the original BHP Billiton order for thirteen Electro-Motive built SD70ACe/LC units 4313 serial 20038540-014 leads CM80-8M 5653 with a loaded 330 waggon train from Yandi 2 mine. Other locos in the consist are two set of mid train units consisting of CM40-8M-SD40R-SD40R and CM40-8-SD40R-SD40R. 21st June 2008.
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081010 0017r67 viewsThe closest Toy Titan has got to being indoors, car ported next to a Rangie at Cullen Bay, NT 10th Oct 2008.
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081217 0448r130 viewsWoodstock Siding BHP Goninan GE rebuild and former cab-less CM60-8ML unit 5665 'Rotterdam' serial 8412-10/94-156 runs along the mainline with the rail or steel train under the FMG flyover. It is not uncommon to see long hood leading units on BHP work trains. 17th December 2008.
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081225 0501r109 viewsWalla Siding on Christmas Day 2008 see an empty 224 waggon train powered by BHP Billiton Electro-Motive built SD70ACe/LC unit 4318 serial 20058712-005 leading CM40-8M unit 5654 running along the passing track to allow a meet with a loaded train, the back track is on the right.
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081225 0510r159 viewsWalla Siding, BHP Billiton Goninan GE rebuild CM40-8M unit 5638 'Mallina' serial 8151-11/91-122 powers through on the mainline with EMD SD70ACe 4325 serial 20066862-038 with a similar mid-train DPU consist on this Yandi 220 waggon loaded train bound for Port Hedland on a hazy Christmas Day 2008.
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081225 0533r145 viewsWalla Siding on Christmas Day 2008, BHP Billiton Electro-Motive built SD70ACe mid train unit 4324 serial 20066862-037, this is the 'class leader' of a batch of ten SD70ACe units built for BNSF but sold to BHP Billiton following construction. Note the difference of this cab shot to the one of lead unit capable 4332.
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081225 0555r162 viewsBarker Siding, one of FMG's thirty five ballast waggons, BH 16, 100 tonne capacity, built in China by CSR at the Yangtze Rolling Stock Company in 2008. 25th December 2008.
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081225 0587r171 viewsBuilders decal for FMG's General Electric built C44-9W unit 004 serial 58181. 25th December 2008.
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081225 0652r133 viewsChapman Siding, even on Christmas Day the trains keep rolling, here FMG General Electric built C44-9W units 010 serial 58187 and 014 serial 58191 power a loaded 'Rocket Fines' train through the cutting at Fan Belt Hill. 25th December 2008.
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081225 0713r162 viewsTurner North, at the 111km of the first bit of duplicated mainline and the first BHP Billiton Electro-Motive built SD70ACe 'Pumpkin' 4332 serial 20066862-061 that has been modified to lead unit status shows some of the external modifications undertaken, step in-fill covers, second handrail, air dryer, remote uncoupling, bifurcation of main air line and second painted snow plough. 25th December 2008.
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081225 0720r165 viewsTurner North on Christmas Day 2008 sees the first BHP Billiton Electro-Motive built SD70ACe 'Pumpkin' unit 4332 serial 20066862-061, originally built for BNSF, to be fitted out as a lead unit. This cab shot shows some of the external modifications to allow it to lead. In-fill step covers, second handrail, second (tropical) roof, bifurcation of main air line, AM/FM CD player-radio and removal of sun shades.
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090112 0725r142 viewsGoldsworthy Junction, 19.3km grade crossing on the GML sees BHP Goninan GE rebuild CM40-8M locomotive 5653 'Chiba' serial 8412-10/93-144 with an empty Yarrie train 12th January 2009.
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090113 0757119 viewsPort Hedland, brand new Electro-Motive built SD70ACe/LC unit 4345 serial 20078915-012 leaves the port of Port Hedland and heads for Nelson Point to put placed on rails. Kingston Transport provide the 128 wheel floats and prime movers. 13th January 2009.
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090113 0796117 viewsPort Hedland, brand new Electro-Motive built SD70ACe/LC unit 4339 serial 20078915-006 waits to enter Nelson Point at Gate 9 on the 13th January 2009.
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090114 0879145 viewsPort Hedland, Electro-Motive built SD70ACe/LC loco 4342 serial 20078915-009 turns off Gilbert Street and into Nelson Point via Gate 9 14th January 2009.
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090114 0904116 viewsPort Hedland, the last of the current order at the time and last off the ship, Electro-Motive built SD70ACe/LC loco 4346 serial 20078915-013 swings off Gilbert Street and into Nelson Point via Gate 9 on the 14th January 2009.
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