One of the more unusual operations in the Pilbara is BHP's "satellite trains" which load at two mines close to Newman - "Ore Body 24" and "Ore Body 18". Trains are 1... (more)
2 SD70ACe locomotives arrive at Mt Newman with a loaded diesel fuel train. All minesites in the Pilbara have fuels delievered via rail from the port cities. But these can be problematic to photo... (more)
2 SD70ACe mid train DPUs shove a loaded train north through Yandi Junction in glint light.
In final light, a loaded iron ore train comes off the Yandi line. In a few kilometres, it will pass through Yandi Junction and head north to Port Hedland for unloading.
The BHP Billiton paint scheme certainly blends in with the countryside. This paint scheme is about to be replaced by a very bland "orange all over" paint job, so photograph this while y... (more)
An empty BHP iron ore train has just left Garden, next location south is Shaw. Trains on the BHP operate as; 2 x SD70ACe 135 wagons (single sets, not married pairs like on Rio) 2 x SD70ACe 135 Wag... (more)
BHP iron ore trains cross at Jimblebar Junction, just north of Newman. It is likely these two trains began/destined for Jimblebar minesite, some 6km to the far left of this image.
The parade of empty ore trains continue as a pair of SD70ACes upfront (and two more mid train) whine through with dynamic braking holding this empty train to track speed.
BHP SD70ACe 4314 at Red Bank, near Port Hedland, with a small portion of an iron ore train from mines in the east.
BHP Billiton SD70ACe's 4385 & 4416 lead a loaded iron ore train bound for Port Hedland with DPU units 4306 & 4351 just coming into sight in the distance halfway down the train.
L 3110 leads the salt across the salt flats at Wyola
BHP SD70ACes on the balloon loop discharging ore.
BHP Billiton Iron Ore SD70ACe #4400 has just emerged from the finishing area after having its window protection added. The #4400 is the 101st SD70ACe for BHP and is the largest operator of SD70AC... (more)
New BHPBIO EMD SD70ACe / LCi locomotives undergoing acceptance tests.
SD70ACe-LC 4316, SD40R 3087 and SD40-2 3082 with a BHP-Billiton Iron Ore train at Boodarie.