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US power down under: The Pilbara : Australian Trains
 
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Best viewed at 720p this clip focuses on the noisy bit at the front or in the middle. It is a re-edit of my Pilbara clips and has had some of the exposure tweaked and the sound has been enhanced with better stereo effects. You will see locomotives identical to or very nearly the same as those in use in the USA. Some of ours might have bigger radiators to deal with the heat up north. The locomotives are ex UP and SP SD40's, SD70ACe's, CM40-8M's, CM44-9CW's, and AC6000's. The pumpkins were built for BNSF but found their way here. BHP run 112 car blocks with mid train power at the end of a block. When this was shot they operated loaded trains with 224 cars and empties can be 336 cars. Rio run all the power at the front end with 230 car trains. They utilise pushers at at least one of the mines. BHP now run 2 X 116 car blocks on loadeds and the 336 car empties no longer run. Most of this clip was shot on an old standard definition camera. The HD portion was shot on a near new ( 2009 ) HD unit that as you will see was useless in less than perfect lighting. It focus hunted badly. I plan to get back up there ( about a seven day 4300 km drive ) with my new gear and will chase down the operation at FMG as well next time. There are currently three major rail systems in the Pilbara :- BHP, Rio and FMG. The area is remote and harsh. There are few towns available to the public, accommodation is hard to get and expensive. Travel there requires one to be reasonably self sufficient. You have to carry food, water and have a vehicle to sleep in, a tent or a camper trailer or van. A tent aint much fun on the red soil and rocky ground.
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Newman, Western Australia (HD)
 
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Newman, Western Australia, Newman, WA Tours & Vacation Travel Videos HD, World Travel Guide http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=World1Tube Newman Information =================== Newman is located about 1186 km north of Perth and is a town in the Pilbara region. and It is the gateway to the beautiful Karijini National Park, Newman Waterholes the area also features truely authentic Aboriginal rock carvings. Hosting a distinctly outback Australian flavour, there are many things to do and see for visitors. Although Newman is predominatley an Australian mining town originally built to house mining staff, there are fascinating explorations and tourist adventures to be had. It is surrounded by the ancient eroded Ophthalmia Ranges and hosts the largest open cut mine in the world. The iron ore operations at Mount Whaleback have tours available, so see the visitor centre for a tour pass. There is an art gallery and an outdoor mining museum complete with an arts and crafts shop which features an extensive range of Western Australian locally made products. Grab yourself the perfect Aussie gift while here. At Karijini national park there are wildflowers are spread throughout the countryside with local flora such as the Mulla Mulla and the Stuart desert pea. The stunning Pilbara Gorge will leave you breathless and amaze your senses. Nearby the Rundel River National park boasts Australia's largest and most remotest park. Get lost and be alone with time to think and clear your mind. Nature lovers are will guaranteed to be thrilled with Newman. Newman also hosts the first ever golf course in the Pilbara. Originally made for the executives of the mines, now a must play course for any golfing nutter or fanatic. Come check it out Newman information & tourist attractions are brought to you by World Holiday Destination. Book your Newman Accommodation Newman is a town in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. It is located about 1,186 kilometres (737 mi) north of Perth, and 9 kilometres (5.6 mi) north of the Tropic of Capricorn. It can be reached by the Great Northern Highway. In the 2006 Australian census, its population was 4,245. Newman is a modern mining town, with suburban-style homes contrasting with the surrounding reddish desert. The Hickman Crater is 35 kilometres (22 mi) north of Newman. Commercial area ============ Typical of company towns, Newman is laid out with a core, where shopping and hotels are located, surrounded by residential areas, with more industrial activities on the outskirts. There is one shopping mall in the town, two shopping plazas, three hotels, and three bars/restaurants outside of those contained in the hotels. One public outdoor pool serves the town's population. Transport ============ A privately owned railway, the Mount Newman railway, was constructed linking it to Port Hedland which itself was upgraded to handle shipment of the ore to the world market. On 21 June 2001 a train 7.353 km (4.569 mi) long, comprising 682 ore cars and eight locomotives made the Newman—Port Hedland trip and is listed as the world's longest ever train. The ore trains are typically over 2 km long. Newman is also a service town to the nearby mining settlements like Tom Price and Paraburdoo. The town is served by Newman Airport. Architecture ========== Being founded in the 1960s, Newman's architecture reflects the modernist styles of that decade and the next, being predominantly functional and devoid of detail or embellishment. As the town was founded and built by a steel company, the majority of buildings use a steel frame construction. This applies to the suburban style homes themselves, most of them being two prefabricated halves inserted together into a steel I-section frame, the columns of which are left exposed on the exterior of the home. This construction method serves not only to showcase the company's product, but also gives strong resistance to cyclone winds which can affect the region from time to time. For this same reason, most houses are elevated from the ground by a few steps. Many houses also have large air-conditioning units situated next to them to provide adequate cooling against the very hot summer temperatures. Climate ========== Newman has an arid climate, with very hot summers and mild winters. The temperature reaches or exceeds over 38°C almost every day in the summer. On 15 January 1998, the temperature reached an all-time recorded high of 47.0°C. Precipitation is sparse, but the influx of monsoonal moisture in the summer, which generally begins in December and lasts until April, raises humidity levels and can cause occasional heavy storms. Winter months are mild to warm, with daily high temperatures ranging from the 20°C to 26°C (18-22°C), and low (nighttime) temperatures rarely dipping below 6°C.
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Pilbara Cities - Karratha flythrough
 
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A flythrough of Karratha - a part of the Pilbara Cities vision
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Lamb Mine Trailer - Shortlisted for 2009 Tropfest - Short Film
 
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This is the trailer for one of the 60 shortlisted entries to the 2009 Tropfest. A family is living in the unforgiving Australian outback during the drought. Without rain for months, they are struggling financially and are unable to pay their bills. They have an argument and the farmer storms off to go and clean the troughs. Feeling emotionally drained he falls asleep, waking up in a different world. Could this be the answer to their problems or just make them worse? Directed by fifteen year old Tom Merrett, this is his first fictional short film. Tom was introduced to film making in 2002 at Glen Osmond Primary School by his teacher, Mr Paul Dixon. Since then Tom has completed several school based movie projects. Now studying Media Production in Year 10 at Unley High School, Tom has created this short film If you would like to see the full 7 minute short film then please feel free to email me at [email protected]
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