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051023 6215r285 viewsNelson Point, BHP Billiton EMD built SD40 unit 3078 built February 1966 serial 31503 / 7861-13 still in previous owner IC & E blue and yellow runs out of the fuel gantry with loaded tank waggons as Electro-Motive (EMD successor) built SD70ACe/LC unit 4305 is lowered onto the rails. 23rd October 2005.Mar 23, 2018
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051023 6134r250 viewsNelson Point, BHP Billiton's Electro-Motive built SD70ACe/LC builders 'plate' for 4301 serial 20038540-002, it is actually a decal. On delivery day 23rd October 2005.Mar 23, 2018
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051023 6119r233 viewsNelson Point hard stand, BHP Billiton's brand new Electro-Motive built SD70ACe/LC unit 4301 serial 20038540-002 is lowered onto the rails by three Boom Logistics cranes, a 200, 160 and 120 tonne units. Sunday 23rd October 2005.Mar 23, 2018
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051022 6093r267 viewsNelson Point hard stand area, BHP Billiton's brand new Electro-Motive built SD70ACe/LC unit 4301 serial 20038540-002 sits on the heavy haul float under its' tarp late in the afternoon light on the 22nd October 2005. It was unloaded the next morning.Mar 23, 2018
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051022 6068r407 viewsNelson Point hard stand area, the second BHP Billiton Electro-Motive built SD70ACe/LC unit to be unloaded off the Jumbo Vision was 4302 serial 20038540-003, seen being towed by 5667 to the service shop for fitting out by EDI, Electro-Motive's Australian agents. 22nd October 2005.Mar 23, 2018
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060416 3512r276 viewsNelson Point south yard, BHP Billiton Electro-Motive built SD70ACe/LC class leader 4301 'Bing' serial 20038540-002 16th April 2006. Although there is a unit 4300 it is a spare parts source and as such is not on the roster and the official order placed with EDI was for thirteen units being 4301 to 4313.Mar 21, 2018
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060416 3508r254 viewsNelson Point south yard, BHP Billiton Electro-Motive built SD70ACe/LC operational class leader 4301 'Bing' serial 20038540-002. Actual class leader 4300 was purchased wholly as a spare parts source. 16th April 2006.Mar 21, 2018
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060416 3488r300 viewsNelson Point, south yard, BHP Billiton Electro-Motive built SD70ACe/LC units 4312 'Mindy' serial 20038540-013 and 4310 'Weeli' serial 20038540-011 await their next turn of duty. 16th April 2006.Mar 21, 2018
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060416 3478r311 viewsNelson Point Locomotive Service Shop, BHP Billiton's class leader of the Electro-Motive built SD70ACe/LC locomotive 4300 serial 20038540-001 which was actually purchased as a spare parts source, sits in the shed during commissioning, of note is that it has no windscreen protectors fitted. 16th April 2006. This unit was subsequently stripped and then the frame and cab eventually scrapped in January 2016 without ever hauling a train.Mar 21, 2018
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060719 7279r339 viewsNelson Point, BHP Billiton examples of Electro-Motive built old and new motive power in the form of SD70ACe/LC unit 4307 'Shaw' serial 20038540-008 and SD40R unit 3095 serial 33677 / 7083-7. 19th July 2006.Mar 21, 2018
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060714 6737r332 viewsHesta, a brace of BHP Billiton Electro-Motive built SD70ACe/LC mid-train units 4302 'Mooka' serial 20038540-003 and 4311 'Poonda' serial 20038540-012 are in full power as they assist a loaded train climbing the grade at the 226 km. 14th July 2006.Mar 21, 2018
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060710 6265r263 viewsBoodarie, BHP Billiton's Electro-Motive built SD70ACe/LC locomotive 4304 'Gillam' serial 20038540-005, these original fourteen units, 4301-4313 had the non-isolated cab and were later traded back to Progress Rail for new units. 10th July 2006.Mar 21, 2018
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060710 6277r289 viewsBoodarie Yard, BHP Billiton Electro-Motive built SD70ACe/LC unit 4309 serial 20038540-010 and CM40-8M 5638 shunt through the yard during commissioning trials of Car Dumper 4 at Finucane Island. Boodarie Yard has just been expanded and the fence has since been put back up. 10th July 2006. Several years later both these locos and the HBI Plant in the background would all be gone!Mar 21, 2018
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081225 0720r433 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.Mar 21, 2018
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081225 0713r444 viewsTurner North, at the 111 km 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.Mar 21, 2018
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081225 0533r427 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.Mar 21, 2018
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081225 0501r311 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.Mar 21, 2018
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080621 2783r298 viewsTabba Siding at the 83.4 km crossing, the final member of the original BHP Billiton order for thirteen Electro-Motive built SD70ACe/LC units 4313 serial 20038540-014 leads CM40-8M 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.Mar 21, 2018
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080614 2605336 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.Mar 20, 2018
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080612 2546309 viewsNelson Point, the first BHP Billiton Electro-Motive built SD70ACe 'Pumpkin' unloaded off the heavy lift ship DA QIANG on Thursday 12th June 2008. The crane behind the loco is for removing the tarp the other two are a 300 tonne on the left an a massive 500 tonne on the right.Mar 20, 2018
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