THE BROKEN HILL PROPRIETARY COMPANY
EAST COAST OPERATIONS
BHP, the big Australian steel manufacturer, operates the biggest privately
owned loco fleet in Australia. Locos ranging from mainline units, used
on coal and ore haulage, down to small shunting units are in use at four
plants in three states. In this edition we will be looking at the loco
rosters for the BHP operations along the east coast of Australia. It should
be noted that each plant uses its own numbering system to identify their
For many years BHP purchased new locos direct from a small number
of manufacturers but more recently the company has turned to surplus locomotives
from government and mining railways to meet its needs.
The largest part of BHP's fleet can be found around Port Kembla
and Wollongong where a number of shunting units are kept busy around the
steelworks and mainline units are in constant use hauling coal from BHP's
Wongawilli mine to the steelworks.
WOLLONGONG New South Wales
The following locomotives are currently in service around Wollongong:
D16, D17, D19 and D26-33 inclusive - 589kW (790hp) Bo-Bo units
built by English Electric at their Queensland plant.
Alco unit 103 (formerly NSWGR 4537) leads Alco unit 102
and English Electric unit D51 on an up coal train at West Dapto
on 9 August 1997.
D34 - a 1339kW (1800hp) Co-Co unit built by English Electric
at their Queensland plant.
D36, D38-45 inclusive - 692kW (928hp) Bo-Bo units also built
by English Electric at their Queensland plant.
D47, D49 and D51 - 1339kW (1795hp) Co-Co units built by English
Electric and purchased second hand from the West Australian Government
The following locomotives are currently at Wollongong but are out of
BHP No.16 at Port Kembla, October 1995.
NEWCASTLE New South Wales
Units based in Newcastle are confined to shunting duties within the steel
plant and around Morandoo yard.
BHP53 shunts Morandoo yard on 1st November 1997.
The following locomotives are currently in service at Newcastle:
48, 49, 51, 53, 55 and 58 - 403kW (540hp) Bo-Bo units built by
A. Goninan and Co. under licence from General Electric.
LONG ISLAND Victoria
This BHP plant has the smallest loco roster - just one unit leased from
the Victorian Railways.
Y148 - a 447kW (600hp) Bo-Bo unit built by The Clyde Engineering
Y170, stabled at Seymour in 1986. The BHP loco, Y148, is a member
of the same class as this loco and these locos were unusual for their bogies
came from scrapped suburban electric cars.
BHP has a very good record for preserving historically significant locomotives
and a number of their diesels have now passed into the hands of enthusiast
D1, D6, D9, D11, D23, D25 and JL3 have all been preserved from
the Wollongong plant while 32, 34, 42, 47 and 52 have been preserved from
the Newcastle plant.
D6 and preserved NSWGR steam loco 5910 (with ex-BHP preserved 0-6-0ST
sit near Thirlmere with a tour train on 9 August 1997.
Article by Stuart Livesey from notes and research by Brad Peadon
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