Some footage from an open cut iron ore mine in the Pilbara region of
Western Australia. Featuring a Caterpillar D10T, Caterpillar D11R, Cat 16H
Grader, Komatsu WA1200 Loader & Komatsu WA900 Loader.
Features dozers clearing bushland for new waste dump limits & some
lightning. All footage was filmed on an iPhone4.
A Day in the Pilbara
Working on a Caterpillar D10T Dozer. Building a ramp in an open cut iron
ore mine in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.
Filmed using a GoPro on the 29th of July 2011.
World's Longest, Heaviest Trains!
The heaviest and longest trains in the world are in Australia's North-West
Pilbara region. I shot these clips on Rio Tinto's rail line near Tom Price,
Marandoo and Yandi iron ore mines while I was waiting to unload my truck.
Locomotives are fully imported GEs made in the U.S., you won't see these
locomotives anywhere else in Australia, or in many places outside of North
America or Canada..
GE power in The Pilbara : Rio iron ore trains : Australian trains and railroads
A collection of clips shot on the Rio Tinto iron ore railway in Australias
north west. The power is all GE. The high shot was taken on Mt Lois which
overlooks the section between Possum and Pelican. The last clip will give
you an idea of the train length. I baked for four hours waiting for loadeds
to come on the east line....they didn't. The first/only one came just as I
set up hence the wind noise as I had no time to run a lead to a microphone
out of the wind.
BLAST INTO MINING!!!!
Sequel to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O7KQ4BoRqoo
Dawson Mine is a Coking Coal mine located near the Town of Moura in Central
Overburden is moved using 3 X Draglines (BE 1370, Marion 8200, 8250), 2 X
P&H 4100 XPB Shovels, 4 X O&K RH 340 Excavators, 2 X Hitachi Ex5500, 2 X
Hitachi Ex2500 and 1 X O&K RH120. Trucks are mostly Cat 797Bs and Komatsu
Coal is removed using the Ex2500's and RH120. Trucks are Cat 785s.
BIG trains : BIG Power : Iron ore trains in Western Australia
A power parade of locomotives on the longest and heaviest trains in
Australia. The locomotives featured here are SD70's as imported from the
US and Canada, GE Dash 8's as built or modified by their Australian
operators, GEVO's with the bigger radiators fitted for the harsh Pilbara
climate, SD90's, Dash 9's and Australian built GE C44aci and EMD GT46C's
built locally to suit the lighter axle load limits on the old state owned
systems in Western Australia. BHP and ARG ( a Queensland Rail subsidiary )
use distributed power whilst FMG and Rio Tinto run all the power up
front........other than a few places where they use pushers. Places which
unfortunately are in restricted areas. Train lengths vary from 159 cars on
the ARG trains to 250 cars on the FMG trains.
Terrain Leveler SEM T1655 - Australian Iron Ore Mine
At 200 tons (181.4 T), the T1655 is significantly larger than its
predecessor — the T1255 Terrain Leveler SEM. It stands 22 feet (6.7 m)
high from ground to the top of the cab at full extension. Its length spans
44 feet (13.4 m) and its width is 21 feet (6.4 m). The T1655 is designed
specifically for precision surface mining, a process that allows mine
operators to selectively extract mineral seams in surface mining
applications. Operators can also influence material sizing — producing
consistent-sized material in a uniform configuration so minerals can be
handled more efficiently than product produced by drilling and blasting.
The uniform product size allows more efficient settings on secondary and
tertiary crushing systems; savings that can continue well past the primary
Port Hedland to Yandi
Mcaleese Transport moving a 160t equipment platform, 80t main frame and 45t
sub structure off stacker from Port Hedland to Yandi mine site
US power down under: The Pilbara : Australian Trains
Best viewed at 720p this clip focuses on the noisy bit at the front or in
the middle. It is a re-edit of my Pilbara clips and has had some of the
exposure tweaked and the sound has been enhanced with better stereo
You will see locomotives identical to or very nearly the same as those in
use in the USA. Some of ours might have bigger radiators to deal with the
heat up north.
The locomotives are ex UP and SP SD40's, SD70ACe's, CM40-8M's, CM44-9CW's,
and AC6000's. The pumpkins were built for BNSF but found their way here.
BHP run 112 car blocks with mid train power at the end of a block. When
this was shot they operated loaded trains with 224 cars and empties can be
336 cars. Rio run all the power at the front end with 230 car trains. They
utilise pushers at at least one of the mines.
BHP now run 2 X 116 car blocks on loadeds and the 336 car empties no longer
Most of this clip was shot on an old standard definition camera. The HD
portion was shot on a near new ( 2009 ) HD unit that as you will see was
useless in less than perfect lighting. It focus hunted badly.
I plan to get back up there ( about a seven day 4300 km drive ) with my new
gear and will chase down the operation at FMG as well next time.
There are currently three major rail systems in the Pilbara :- BHP, Rio and
The area is remote and harsh. There are few towns available to the public,
accommodation is hard to get and expensive. Travel there requires one to be
reasonably self sufficient. You have to carry food, water and have a
vehicle to sleep in, a tent or a camper trailer or van. A tent aint much
fun on the red soil and rocky ground.
Iron Ore Mining in the Pilbara
Just another day in the cycle. Just heading out to the digger to start
moving some dirt.
And a shot of the boys down on the ROM loading up the crusher.
Cold Chisel "Shipping Steel"