Pilbara "road trains" ...

Two trucks with Hamersley Iron ALCo parts are ready to depart from the HI storage yard at Dampier.

GTSA photo, 1999

Dan Colgan from Globe Turbocharger Specialities Australia sent me this interesting material (Jan 28th, 99):

Apart from a couple at Robe River the rest of the West Australian Alcos are out of service. GTSA purchased many of the engines from the former BHP (Mt Newman Mining) fleet several years ago, and more recently and in conjunction with a US company purchased the 38 x Model 636's from Hamersley Iron. On the latter we are half way through the salvage operation where we are removing the locos from Dampier to Perth. Some of the HI units are in the process of being sold and will be powered up again.

We still have about 22 units on site and are moving them down to Perth by road at a rate of about 1 a week.

GTSA is heavily involved in providing parts for Australian Alcos, having a 2 year contract to supply the RSA with components for the FreightCorp 48 Class and also deals with most other Alco operators here.

Look at the pictures he supplied for all to see!

The big engine block is hidden under the green hood it always protected...

GTSA photo, 1999

The storage lines at Dampier.

GTSA photo, 1999

Pilbara cabs 4032 and 4036 await their fate.

GTSA photo, 1999

Removal of HI 4056's guts...

GTSA photo, 1999

HI 4042 and its numerous mates wait for the final departure from the Pilbara region

GTSA photo, 1999

The GTSA boneyard at Perth.

GTSA photo, 1999


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