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Date: 01/23/20 16:04
A day at Vale VDD yard with an american railfan (Brazil)
Author: pedrop

On November 5, 2016 I took ride on Vale passenger train with some friends and an american railfan to visit Vale VDD yard to watch some ore trains. It is a nice location in my opinion. VDD is the CCO code for Desembargador Drumond in Vale mainline (EFVM) narrow gauge system. At VDD starts the tracks to Itabira, the oldest ore mines of Vale (former CVRD). In the past, the tracks to Itabira were mainline, but in the end of 1980´s Vale got the rights to reach Belo Horizonte and the old RFSSA tracks to BH became mainline and Itabira was changed to a branch. VDD concentrates all ore trains coming from Itabira and also from Fabrica branch, plus all trains of VLi from BH to Vitoria ports.

Here are some pics of our trip that day.

See our visit to MRS Andaime yard ( P1-03) here 
https://www.trainorders.com/discussion/read.php?6,4944836 Enjoy.

Pedro Rezende
Vespasiano, MG
Minas Gerais Railways



Edited 3 time(s). Last edit at 01/24/20 12:00 by pedrop.



Date: 01/23/20 16:08
Re: A day at VDD yard with an american railfan (Brazil)
Author: pedrop

1) The group of railfans at the station, while the passenger train follow the tracks to Vitoria.

2 and 3) As soon as the passenger train cleared the section, the first train came to us. It was a nice fuel train with Vale and VLi tank cars

 

Pedro Rezende
Vespasiano, MG
Minas Gerais Railways








Date: 01/23/20 16:38
Re: A day at VDD yard with an american railfan (Brazil)
Author: pedrop

4) The train takes track 4;

5) Tracks 3 and 4 comes to BH. 1 and 2 go to Itabira after the bend seen here;

6) The end of a VLI TCE class tank car


 

Pedro Rezende
Vespasiano, MG
Minas Gerais Railways








Date: 01/23/20 16:43
Re: A day at VDD yard with an american railfan (Brazil)
Author: pedrop

7) A few minutes after the fuel train, a mixed of coal and empties comes by track 4 too.

8) The train follows the sinuous tracks alongPiracibaca river

9) The nice consist of coal gondolas. This coal comes from overseas, maybe from US. Some of the cargo ships that carry the ore, comes back with coal.


Pedro Rezende
Vespasiano, MG
Minas Gerais Railways








Date: 01/23/20 16:46
Re: A day at VDD yard with an american railfan (Brazil)
Author: pedrop

10 to 12) The DPU. It separates the coal from the empties.

 

Pedro Rezende
Vespasiano, MG
Minas Gerais Railways








Date: 01/23/20 16:49
Re: A day at VDD yard with an american railfan (Brazil)
Author: pedrop

13) The DUP going away;

14) The empty GDE class gondolas for iron ore.

15) The end of the train.


Pedro Rezende
Vespasiano, MG
Minas Gerais Railways








Date: 01/23/20 16:54
Re: A day at VDD yard with an american railfan (Brazil)
Author: pedrop

16) An empty ore with Dash 9´s in elephant style arrives by track 1, what means it is going to Itabira mines;

17 and 18) Another empty going to Itabira branch. This one has a standard cab Dash 9.


 

Pedro Rezende
Vespasiano, MG
Minas Gerais Railways



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 01/23/20 16:55 by pedrop.








Date: 01/23/20 16:57
Re: A day at VDD yard with an american railfan (Brazil)
Author: pedrop

19) A CSX guy watching Vale trains at VDD.

20) Empty tracks for a while...


Pedro Rezende
Vespasiano, MG
Minas Gerais Railways






Date: 01/23/20 17:00
Re: A day at VDD yard with an american railfan (Brazil)
Author: pedrop

21 and 22) The switching machines will indicates us what route the next train will take .

Pedro Rezende
Vespasiano, MG
Minas Gerais Railways






Date: 01/23/20 17:03
Re: A day at VDD yard with an american railfan (Brazil)
Author: pedrop

23) The first loaded arrives;

24) Nice to see the dash 9´s in elephant style;

25) We can perceive the different styles of
=15.6pxGDE class cars indicating different builders.

Pedro Rezende
Vespasiano, MG
Minas Gerais Railways








Date: 01/23/20 17:05
Re: A day at VDD yard with an american railfan (Brazil)
Author: pedrop

26 to 28) Again, the DPU separates different cargos. The different colors of the ore mean they are from different mines.

Pedro Rezende
Vespasiano, MG
Minas Gerais Railways








Date: 01/23/20 17:09
Re: A day at VDD yard with an american railfan (Brazil)
Author: pedrop

29 and 30) Brand new VLI GDE class gondolas.

Pedro Rezende
Vespasiano, MG
Minas Gerais Railways






Date: 01/23/20 17:11
Re: A day at VDD yard with an american railfan (Brazil)
Author: pedrop

31 and 32) An loaded of balls

Pedro Rezende
Vespasiano, MG
Minas Gerais Railways






Date: 01/23/20 17:13
Re: A day at VDD yard with an american railfan (Brazil)
Author: pedrop

33) A loaded coming from Itabira branch;

34 and 35) The beautiful blue ore of Itabira mines


 

Pedro Rezende
Vespasiano, MG
Minas Gerais Railways








Date: 01/23/20 17:16
Re: A day at VDD yard with an american railfan (Brazil)
Author: pedrop

36 and 37)  The DPU;

38) Changing from track 2 to 3.


Pedro Rezende
Vespasiano, MG
Minas Gerais Railways








Date: 01/23/20 17:17
Re: A day at VDD yard with an american railfan (Brazil)
Author: pedrop

39) To finish this series, another loaded with dash 9´s in elephant style p-ass by us at VDD yard.

Pedro Rezende
Vespasiano, MG
Minas Gerais Railways




Date: 01/23/20 17:45
Re: A day at VDD yard with an american railfan (Brazil)
Author: UP3806

Great photo series. Four-track narrow gauge main line looks very impressive. About how many trains per day on this line?

Tom



Date: 01/23/20 18:00
Re: A day at VDD yard with an american railfan (Brazil)
Author: goneon66

outstanding pedro.  thanks for another great tour from your area...........

66



Date: 01/23/20 18:06
Re: A day at VDD yard with an american railfan (Brazil)
Author: DKay

Nice set of pics Pedro.If your CSX friend is who I think it is ,I do a lot of fishing with his brother when I am in the USof A.
Regards,dK



Date: 01/24/20 05:24
Re: A day at VDD yard with an american railfan (Brazil)
Author: pedrop

Hi, Vale run 50 to 60 trains a day there and these number can reach 80 to 85 during the grain season when many VLI grains take this route to Vitoria ports.


UP3806 Wrote:
-------------------------------------------------------
> Great photo series. Four-track narrow gauge main
> line looks very impressive. About how many trains
> per day on this line?
>
> Tom

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Pedro Rezende
Vespasiano, MG
Minas Gerais Railways



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