On Thursday 8 October, Hancock Prospecting and General Electric (GE) celebrated a Pilbara, Australia and Australasia first with the arrival of two new pink locomotives at an event held at Roy Hill’s Port Hedland rail terminal yard.
The two locomotives and ore cars join Roy Hill’s existing fleet of 21 GE trains and have been painted pink in honour of Chairman Gina Rinehart’s commitment to supporting patients and research into breast cancer. At the event, Mrs Rinehart christened one of the locomotives ‘For Mothers’ and Dr Patricia Kailis AM OBE christened another locomotive with the name of ‘Women of the North’.
Nalin Jain, President and CEO, International at GE Transportation said the locomotives will serve Roy Hill well both in hauling millions of tonnes of ore while “demonstrating their commitment to breast cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment and survivorship”.
Last quarter the China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation (CRRC) delivered 130 pink ore cars to Roy Hill. Mrs Rinehart said that when the cars will be attached to the pink locomotives, it will create a striking image as they forge their way across the Pilbara.
“May these pink trains continue to inspire us to do more for breast cancer patients and support research to help fight this truly terrible and sad disease,” she said.
Situated 344 kilometres south-east of Port Headland, Roy Hill is considered to be a world-class iron ore operation and the largest single ore mine in Australia.
More information on the Roy Hill project can be found here.