C44-9W Class

 

Fortescue Metals Group C44-9W locomotive 012 leading a loaded 220 wagon, 2.6 km long iron ore train, Pilbara region, Western Australia. May 2008. Photo: Geez-oz, Wikimedia Commons.

Road numbers:

001–15

 

Operator:

Fortescue Metals Group

 

Gauge:

1435 mm

 

Year of entry into service:

2007

 

Number built:

15                

 

Model:

Dash 9-44CW

 

Manufacturer:

General Electric

 

Manufacturing location:

Erie, Pennsylvania, USA

 

Engine:

GE 7FDL

 

Traction power:

3266 kW

 

Wheel arrangement:

Co-Co

 

Weight:

197.0 t

 

Length:

21.4 m

Fortescue Metals Group ordered fifteen locomotives to begin operating its iron ore trains in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, with all arriving in late 2007. The Dash 9-44CW model that was already in service with other iron ore companies was selected for these units. All members of the class remain in service.