|The Rio Tinto ES44ACi locomotives
In January 2013, Rio Tinto announced that they would obtain six new AC traction locomotives. These would be generally similar in appearance to the recent ES44DCi locomotives but would have significantly more tractive effort and fewer temperature-related restrictions on heavy grades. Peter Clark takes a look at this interesting development in Rio Tintos Pilbara motive power roster.
The Free Ride
In recent times, there has been considerable debate, particularly in Sydney, over several rail transport proposals, and some questionably shortsighted policy decisions, apparently driven by NSW Treasury and their narrow economic rationalist view of all infrastructure projects. Les Shepherd takes a look at the issues involved.
The new Downer/EDI GWN Class locomotives
For many years now, the narrow-gauge iron ore railways of Whyalla have been operated by a wide variety of rebuilt and/or second or third-hand locomotives. Now, current operator Genessee & Wyoming Australia has invested in five 2260kW locomotives of Downer/EDIs proven GT42CU AC series, the first new units on the railway in decades.