SD70ACe/LCi Class         

 

Road numbers:

4314–23, 4334–46, 4356–39, 4441–71, 4473–91

 

Operator:

BHP

 

Gauge:

1435 mm

 

Year of entry into service:

2005

 

Number built:

172

 

Model:

SD70ACe/LCi

 

Manufacturer:

Electro-Motive Diesel (4314–23, 4334–46, 4356–39, 4441–71, 4473); Progress Rail (4374–491)

 

Manufacturing location:

London, Ontario, Canada (4314–23, 4334–46, 4356–39, 4441–71, 4473); Muncie, Indiana, USA (4374–491)

 

Engine:

EMD 710G3C-T2

 

Traction power:

3207 kW

 

Wheel arrangement:

Co-Co

 

Weight:

195.0 t

 

Length:

21.4 m

The first 13 of these units entered service with BHP Billiton (now BHP) in 2005. Subsequent batches were ordered, with the class forming the bulk of the BHP iron ore fleet in the Pilbara. ‘LC’ in the classification refers to ‘low clearance’. Two were destroyed in an accident in 2018.