BHP-Billiton Locomotives

I have created a separate page for BHP because of the size of the BHP fleet.
Nearly all of BHP's diesel and electric locos have been included; I have only left out a few early ones.
Where there is no official class number, I have substituted the number of the first loco.

BHP is famous as the "Big Australian", and was until recently, Australia's largest company. BHP originated in Broken Hill in 1885, and since then has grown to become an international organisation covering mining, steelmaking, petroleum, and manufacturing. More recently, things have not been so good for BHP, and changes are likely.
BHP has now merged with British resources company Billiton. As well, BHP Steel is now a separate company.

In 1999, BHP closed the aging and less profitable steel making facility in Newcastle, though its downstream manufacturing of steel products in Newcastle continued. In 2000, OneSteel was formed by BHP separating out its Whyalla steel works and some of its downstream manufacturing plants. OneSteel has more recently merged with Smorgan Steel.

In 2001 BHP merged with Billiton, a mining company of Dutch origin with substantial interests in South Africa and elsewhere around the world. Part of the merger was a decision for BHP Billiton to be a mining company and therefore to divest itself of the remainder of its steel business, most notably its steel making facility in Port Kembla and downstream manufacturing in Port Kembla and Hastings. BHP Steel, previously a division of BHP, became an independent company with permission to continue trading under that name for a limited time. BHP Steel was renamed BlueScope Steel in 2003.
Port Hedland
Port Kembla

Newcastle (OneSteel - Rod and Bar Products Division)

The Newcastle steelworks was BHP's first , beginning production in 1915, and from then on was the one of the two main steelmaking centres in Australia. Things changed when BHP gradually closed the steelworks by the end of 1999, and so Newcastle is looking at a different image. This meant that BHP's fleet were withdrawn and sold. Pacific National have taken over the shunting, and use their 81 class locos instead.

Port Hedland (BHP Billiton Iron Ore)

BHP was the third company to begin mining iron ore in the Pilbara; this being via its subsidiary Mt Newman, in 1969. Along with Hamersley Iron, this is one of the world's top "heavy-haul" railway lines, and carries over 65 megatonnes of iron ore per year. BHP also took over Goldsworthy Mining, the first Pilbara operator (from 1965), in 1991. The mines are at Mt Whaleback / Newman, Yandi, and Yarrie (the latter belonging to Goldsworthy). A new mine at Mining Area C (south of Yarrie) has opened.
Several of the Port Hedland locos have been painted in a new corporate livery; these including 3086, 3096; 6070, 6073, 6075-6076; 5630, 5632; 5634-5636, 5639, 5641, 5643-5647 and 5663; and the SD70ACe class.

The demand for iron ore has seen the BHP Billiton Pilbara fleet increase to around 115 locos, with more on order.



Port Kembla (Blue Scope Steel - Integrated Steel and Coated Steel Divisions)

The Port Kembla steelworks is the second largest in Australia; BHP took it over from Australian Iron and Steel (AIS) in 1935. The Hoskins brothers had transferred operations from Lithgow to Port Kembla in 1928. BHP's operations here also include the John Lysaghts plant. As a result of the closure of the Newcastle works, Port Kembla became the major steelmaking centre in Australia. BHP operates 30 locos on 190 km of track both within the steelworks, as well as to coal mines in the surrounding area. However, Pacific National's 81 class have made an appearance here as well, on lease.
PacNat took over operations at Port Kembla in late 2007, with around 16 of the EE locos changing to PN ownership.



Whyalla (OneSteel - Long Products Division)

Whyalla is BHP's third steelworks, opening in the 1960's. Since early in the century, BHP had already been mining iron from nearby Iron Baron, and Iron Knob. This included (for a short time) electric railways at both Whyalla and Rapid Bay (south of Adelaide). Later on, another mine opened at Iron Duke. BHP has also been involved in shipbuilding at Whyalla. Currently, BHP operates 6 locos on 130 km of standard, narrow, and dual gauge track within the steelworks, and to the iron ore mines. They formerly leased one or two MKA class locos from National Railway Equipment (former MKA) at Whyalla - these are ex-TasRail/ATN ZC class locos that were rebuilt by MKA.
Formerly part of this operation was the Coffin Bay Tramway, a line running from Port Lincoln west to limestone deposits at Coffin Bay. This has now been sold and ripped up.
ASR took over operation of the BHP network from December 1999, with the existing BHP locos staying in service, and also with some of ASR's locos (such as the CK class) being brought in to help out.
With the sale and break-up of ARG in 2006, Geneseee & Wyoming Australia (GWA) took over the Whyalla operations.
Other BHP Whyalla preserved locomotives:
DE10 Pichi Richi Railway

DE10 was a early shunter (originally petrol-electric, later diesel-electric), used at the Whyalla steelworks. Click here to see a photo by myself of DE10.

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