Largest Vehicle Ever Built, BHP Iron Ore Train in Australia.
A record was set in Western Australia on June 21, 2010 that pushed the edge of technology in rail travel. The BHP Iron Ore train became the longest train in the world, and also the largest vehicle the world has ever known. The facts behind this massive mode of transportation are amazing.
Facts about the worlds longest train BHP Iron Ore
- BHP Iron Ore set the longest train record between the Yandi mine and Port Hedland in Western Australia in 2011.
- The train was 4.53 miles (7.29 km) long
- The BHP Iron Ore carried 82,000 metric tons or about 181 million pounds of iron ore.
- This is about the same weight as 402 Statues of Liberty (the Statue of Liberty weighs approximately 450,000 pounds).
- The train had 682 cars that were driven by eight General Electric diesel locomotives.
- The total gross weight for the entire train was 99,734 metric tons (219.8 million pounds).
- Of course, this also makes BHP Iron Ore the world’s heaviest train, which was also held by BHP.
- The locomotives were spread out among the cars in three pairs, along with two single locomotives.
- The entire train was driven 170 miles (273.6 km) by a single driver, and the trip took ten hours and four
- It beat the previous record set in 1991 in South Africa when an iron ore train pulled 660 cars that equaled a length of about 4.47 miles (7.19 km).
Random Train Facts
- The record for the longest train in the United States was a 3.5 mile (5.6 km) train operated by Union Pacific from Dallas to Long Beach in 2010.
- The longest passenger train was a more than a one-mile-long train that had 70 coaches operated by the National Belgian Railway Company.
- The longest freight train route in the world travels more than 8,000 miles (12,876 km). The China-Europe Block Train starts in Yiwu, China, and goes through Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Poland, Germany, France, and ends in Madrid, Spain. The route takes about 21 days to complete.
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