The Fortescue Railway operates some of the longest and heaviest trains in the world, and in the seven years since it began hauling iron-ore across the deserts of the Pilbara region, it continues to push the technical boundaries of heavy-haul. Keith Barrow reports from Western Australia on the latest developments in Fortescue's unrelenting quest for greater efficiency and higher capacity.
The North American crude by rail (CBR) market is facing the combined challenges of falling demand due to reductions in oil prices and the introduction of new wagon safety standards. William Vantuono, editor-in-chief of IRJ's North American sister publication Railway Age, and Railway Age contributing editors David Thomas and David Nahass, trace CBR's evolution and consider its future prospects.
RIO Tinto has awarded Wabtec, United States, a $US 15m contract to provide electronically-controlled pneumatic (ECP) brakes as well as associated equipment and software for its freight cars and locomotives operated in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.
Despite the economic downturn, international demand for South African coal and iron-ore remains strong and is set to grow rapidly in the coming years. Keith Barrow looks at how Transnet is meeting the need for more capacity on its heavy-haul lines.