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    Quote Originally Posted by cascaderailroad View Post

    I loved the subway trick, where the telephone cord was wrapped around the cab controls, so the engineer could get off, and throw a platform switch, and hop back on in time ... sept' it dint' xzctwy' werk' owt' as planned
    Classic ain't it!

    The guy that did this got fired and was going to appeal his firing to the union, but for some reason that never happened.
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    It' sad to read here, above, that BHP lost a good number of wagons in the derailment, but at least they stopped the train from plowing through any towns on it's deadly journey like this one.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lac-Mé..._rail_disaster

    Read about the events leading up to the disaster. Pretty scary stuff.
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    Maybe they should have a run off track like trucks do, fitted with retarders, once the track reaches flat ground.
    Cost less thanm a new train.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JCitron View Post
    It' sad to read here, above, that BHP lost a good number of wagons in the derailment, but at least they stopped the train from plowing through any towns on it's deadly journey like this one.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lac-Mé..._rail_disaster

    Read about the events leading up to the disaster. Pretty scary stuff.
    Not a lot of 'towns " anywhere in that country, might be a few villages but even they are far and few. of course if it had made it to the coast it would have caused a lot of damage, but even then, its hardly an inhabited area like the town in johns example, which was a horrible accident >
    take a look, its just desert, they did the derailment automatically 1500ks away from the train itself. https://www.google.com/maps/search/b.../data=!3m1!1e3
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    Quote Originally Posted by dangavel View Post
    Not a lot of 'towns " anywhere in that country, might be a few villages but even they are far and few. of course if it had made it to the coast it would have caused a lot of damage, but even then, its hardly an inhabited area like the town in johns example, which was a horrible accident >
    take a look, its just desert, they did the derailment automatically 1500ks away from the train itself. https://www.google.com/maps/search/b.../data=!3m1!1e3
    Thanks that's good to know unlike eastern Canada and my own New England area which are still very populated even in the less populated areas.

    Here's an "on the ground view" along Utah Road in Boodaire. This is a view of the FMG Port Hedland operations. Those look like the ore hoppers here.

    https://goo.gl/maps/6rq9pw7q6m62

    More pics. An Iron ore train from BHP.

    https://goo.gl/maps/LaDm1AHCKVC2

    https://goo.gl/maps/gKToGvVp5vK2

    https://goo.gl/maps/1sDLUJAGJwN2

    The area looks similar to parts of Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico, and Texas in the US.
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    Here is a Pilbara website with heaps of info on all operations and stuff over west.
    https://pilbararailways.com.au/

    Cheers Mick.

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    Thanks for the link. I took a quick look last night and it's interesting to see what locos they run. Those do look awfully familiar to me.
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    That's because they are American locos imported here, along with their systems.
    Some locos are built here using american running gear.
    This has always been the Australian way of doing things. Why reinvent the wheel?
    Today we still run F7 type locos built here under licence.
    They keep getting refurbished and put back to work.
    They do the job because our trains tend to be a lot smaller than in the US.
    Cheers,
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeaust View Post
    That's because they are American locos imported here, along with their systems.
    Some locos are built here using american running gear.
    This has always been the Australian way of doing things. Why reinvent the wheel?
    Today we still run F7 type locos built here under licence.
    They keep getting refurbished and put back to work.
    They do the job because our trains tend to be a lot smaller than in the US.
    Cheers,
    Mike
    Australia has done this for years and its great to see the familiar faces in another country. I enjoy seeing the beautifully maintained, still, F7s. I agree why reinvent the wheel if there's a tool already there to do the job.
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