SD70ACe Class                 

 

SD70ACe unit 4353, Warman (left,) and GE CM40-8M unit 5652, Villaneuva (right), at the Boodarie depot on the Goldsworthy railway, near Port Hedland, Western Australia. Photo: Bahnfrend, Wikimedia Commons.

Road numbers:

4324–33, 4347–55

 

Operator:

BHP

 

Gauge:

1435 mm

 

Year of entry into service:

2008

 

Number built:

19

 

Model:

SD70ACe

 

Manufacturer:

Electro-Motive Diesel

 

Manufacturing location:

London, Ontario, Canada

 

Engine:

EMD 710G3C-T2

 

Traction power:

3207 kW

 

Wheel arrangement:

Co-Co

 

Weight:

185.0 t

 

Length:

21.4 m

BHP Billiton (now BHP) obtained ten surplus SD70ACe units for its Pilbara operations in 2008. They had been intended for service with BNSF Railway in the United States. A further nine locomotives were ordered shortly afterwards to meet growing traffic demands. All members of the class remain in service.