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Date: 04/26/19 15:40
MRS and Vale testing ore trains without crew (Brazil)
Author: pedrop

Hi, due to the risk of new dam collapses in some mines here, Vale mining and MRS railroad are testing to operate the ore trains by remote control system. MRS is adding the system in 15 AC44i's and Vale in 6 BB40-9W's.

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Pedro Rezende
Vespasiano, MG
Minas Gerais Railways



Date: 04/27/19 17:21
Re: MRS and Vale testing ore trains without crew (Brazil)
Author: DKay

Interesting Pedro.Is this just during the loading process near the dams ,or for the entile journey.Some of the Iron Ore railroads down here ,are operating remotely.
Regards,dK



Date: 04/28/19 05:06
Re: MRS and Vale testing ore trains without crew (Brazil)
Author: pedrop

Hi Dkay,

In MRS, the remote operating will be in a strech of 5km long. On Vale, it will be 7 km long. These are the streches of tracks that are in front of dam locations in risk of collapse. If they get sucess, maybe they can extend this section more.

DKay Wrote:
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> Interesting Pedro.Is this just during the loading
> process near the dams ,or for the entile
> journey.Some of the Iron Ore railroads down here
> ,are operating remotely.
> Regards,dK

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Pedro Rezende
Vespasiano, MG
Minas Gerais Railways



Date: 04/28/19 07:28
Re: MRS and Vale testing ore trains without crew (Brazil)
Author: Milepost_130

Interesting insights.  Thanks.



Date: 04/28/19 08:18
Re: MRS and Vale testing ore trains without crew (Brazil)
Author: pedrop

The Vale units testing at VTU yard

Pedro Rezende
Vespasiano, MG
Minas Gerais Railways



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 04/28/19 10:14 by pedrop.




Date: 04/30/19 19:31
Re: MRS and Vale testing ore trains without crew (Brazil)
Author: schaffner

Well, at least the train crews won't be in danger of a dam collapse.  But what about other people?  Are there any other people who will be killed when the dams collapse?  And what about the damage to structures?  And the ecological damage?  Why don't they repair the dams?  You'd think that it would make more sense to avoid the catastrophe in the first place.

Jim Maurer



Date: 05/02/19 12:03
Re: MRS and Vale testing ore trains without crew (Brazil)
Author: pedrop

Hi, for sure they are repairing the dans, but it is thing that will take a long time since the dams are big and difficult to repair. For while, people are being removed from the risk areas nearby.

schaffner Wrote:
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> Well, at least the train crews won't be in danger
> of a dam collapse.  But what about other
> people?  Are there any other people who will be
> killed when the dams collapse?  And what about
> the damage to structures?  And the ecological
> damage?  Why don't they repair the dams?  You'd
> think that it would make more sense to avoid the
> catastrophe in the first place.
>
> Jim Maurer

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Pedro Rezende
Vespasiano, MG
Minas Gerais Railways



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