Locomotive Drivers

Lucy Nash chats to two Fortescue Mine locomotive drivers named Chris: Chris Guy and Chris Skelton.

She finds out what the train hauls and how much power it needs to run. Chris Skelton shares what's needed to drive the train, while Chris Guy shows how the cars are connected.

They climb on board the locomotive and see the controls needed to drive and what to look out for when driving.

SkillsOne recently visited tradies who work in the mining industry in the Pilbarra, in Western Australia, run by the Fortescue Metals Group.

Fortescue focusses on iron ore.

Fortescue's port, rail and mine project commenced construction in February 2006 with the turning of the first sod at the Company's port site at Anderson Point in Port Hedland. Just two years later, the open-access rail infrastructure is complete, the Fortescue Herb Elliott Port is operational and the mining operations at the Company's first min esite, known as Cloudbreak, are well underway.

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VJ Michael Gumley