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kjohn
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ALCO fans lookee here
 
« on: May 19th, 2008, 11:57pm »
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http://forums.railfan.net/forums.cgi?board=GenShorts;action=display;num=1211255034
Just posted a few pics.  


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« Reply #1 on: Sep 19th, 2008, 8:40pm »
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Alco fans check out the Mt Newman Mining 3 part series on you tube,awsome films!And plenty of Alco shots!!

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« Reply #2 on: Sep 25th, 2008, 3:34am »
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Any film/video of Mt Newman Mining Alcos at work is high value archival material.
 
All of the C636 units have gone except static pieces in the museum maintained by Hammersley Iron.
 
It is an intriging story of how the 636's were rebuilt to Dash 7 & Dash 8 units and the final use most of the generators were put to.


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« Reply #3 on: Oct 12th, 2008, 4:26pm »
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Well at least give us the outline, Mr. Shepherd.

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« Reply #4 on: Oct 16th, 2008, 1:24am »
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The brief history is this:
In 1965 Hammersly Iron purchased 5 C628 locomotives. These were built in Sydney. The last unit was withdrawn in 1982 and all were scrapped except one which is a static exhibit at Dampier.
 
Between 1968 and 1980 a total of 100 model 636 units were delivered. Up to 1973 they were built in Sydney and after that in Perth.
Deliveries were:
54 to Mt Newman Mining (now BHP Iron)
39 to Hammersly Iron (now Pilbara Rail)
7 to Robe River Mining (now Pilbara Rail)
 
Robe River went on to acquire another 5 units from various sources for rebuilding to Dash 8ís, including:
 
1 from Burlington Northern. Their road number 4369 and previously Spokane Portland & Seattle No 343.
2 from Chrome Crankshat (Chicago) which were originally Spokane Portland & Seattle units.
The useable remains from Conrail units 6781 & 6782.
 
All rebuilding has been done in Perth.
In 1986/87 8 Hammersly units were rebuilt as Dash 7ís. CM36-7.
A further 34 were rebuilt to Dash 8ís.
In 1989 the 12 Robe units were rebuilt to Dash 8ís. CM40-8M.
 
In rebuilding the superstructures were scrapped.
The 251F engines and generators were shipped to various SE Asian countries for use as community electricity generators.
 
The remainder of the Hammersly and Mt Newman units were scrapped. The engines and generators being shipped to SE Asian countries for use as community electricity generators and the traction motors sent to US.
A quantity of components is reported to be scattered around the grounds of United Goninan (the GE & Alco licensee) in Perth.
 
3 units have survived.
1 at the Port Hedland Machine Park.
1 at the ARHS museum at Bassendean in suburban Perth.
1 in operating condition with the Pilbara Railway Museum at Dampier.


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