Massive Iron Ore Train! Watch in HD ! The iron ore trains in the north-west of Australia are the longest and heaviest trains in the world. This one would have around 232 cars, weigh around 35000 tonnes loaded. Locomotives are GE CM44-9CW of 4400 HP. This is on Rio Tinto’s line, formally known as Hammersley Iron, in the north-west of Western Australia, near the rail crossing of the North-West Coastal Highway near the Karratha truck stop. The iron-ore trains up here are are the longest and heaviest in the world. At BHP-Billiton’s operations a couple of hundred kms further north, they run 6 locomotives on a train, some of which are GE AC6000s of 6000 HP each. I’ve been told they’ve tried 45000 tonne trains. These trains are controlled by one driver, no one else in the cab. Mid-train helpers and locos at the rear are all controlled by the one driver up front by radio “Locotrol” (on BHP lines). You won’t find these massive locomotives anywhere else in Australia, they are fully imported from North America with bigger radiators to cope with the 50C or 120F temperatures in the summer. It’s not all flat going either as there are some 3% grades over the Chichester Range. Trust me, the ground shakes when they go past on full noise. For you guys in America watching this we call the Engineer a Train Driver, though personally I reckon Engineer sounds better ! If you want to know more, check out this website : www.pilbararailways.com.au Copy and paste this into Google Earth and you will …
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Promotional documentary released in 1952 by Marathon Newsreel Production in association with the Budd company. Shows the railcars being manufactured and in operation. Also features many steam and diesel trains from the early 1950’s. From en.wikipedia.org The Budd Rail Diesel Car or RDC is a self-propelled diesel-hydraulic multiple unit railcar. In the period 1949–62, 398 RDCs were built by the Budd Company of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. The cars were primarily adopted for passenger service in rural areas with low traffic density or in short-haul commuter service, and were less expensive to operate in this context than a traditional locomotive-drawn train. The cars could be used singly or several coupled together in train sets and controlled from the cab of the front unit. The RDC was one of the few versions of the DMU-type train diesel multiple unit to achieve commercial success in North America. The basic car was adapted from a standard 85 ft (25.91 m) coach. They were powered by two Detroit Diesel (then a division of General Motors) Series 110 diesel engines, each of which drives an axle through a hydraulic torque converter, a technology adapted from military tanks of World War II. RDC trains were an early example of self-contained diesel multiple units, an arrangement now in common use by railways all over the world.
An iron ore freight train from Gällivare to Luleå is seen from a northbound passenger train at Harrträsk a few kilometers south of Gällivare. The wire is frosty as apparent from the arcing above the “Iore” electric locomotive.