The rail system is an essential part of Rio Tinto's integrated iron ore production process and directly affects the company's capacity to blend ore to meet customer specifications.
|Location||Depots at Tom Price, Cape Lambert, and Dampier (7 Mile)|
Train Control is located in Perth
|Operation||Services 14 mines via a mainline system of approximately 1,400 kilometres of track|
|Working arrangements||Residential and fly-in/fly-out roster|
|Haul capacity||Approximately 228 million tonnes of ore per annum|
|Train Profile||Each train is operated by a single driver, and comprises up to 234 ore cars, each ore car with a load capacity of approximately 112 tonnes. A fully loaded train weighs approximately 31,000 tonnes and is about 2.4 kilometres in length.|
|Cycle time||Average cycle time is about 35 hours; there is a train movement almost every 25 minutes along the line|
|First year of operation||1966|
|Ownership||Hamersley Iron and Robe River; managed by Pilbara Iron|
Rail access roads
Our rail access roads are privately owned, initially built to provide maintenance access to the Hamersley Iron/Robe River (now Rio Tinto) railway to the coast. It continues to expand today with in excess of 1400 kilometres of gravel road running parallel to our rail network throughout the Pilbara.
In order to drive on the rail access roads you must hold a valid permit.
Rio Tinto employees
If you are a permanent Rio Tinto employee you can access the training through your training profile or by contacting your leader.
Companies working in the Pilbara can travel on the rail access roads if the vehicle driver carries a copy of a company permit, they have a completed the online training, and the vehicle is registered and roadworthy. The permit does not cover sub-contractors unless specific arrangements have been made. Company permits are valid for 12 months.
Infringements will be issued for any persons who breach the safety requirements of the rail access roads. An initial breach will result in a formal notification and any subsequent breach may result in access being denied and your permit withdrawn.
For more information contact (08) 9143 6176 or email@example.com.
For current road conditions contact our recorded information service on (08) 9143 6464.