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Date: 01/24/20 08:31
A day at MRS P1-07 yard with an american railfan (Brazil)
Author: pedrop

HI, After visiting Vale VDD yard  with the CSX guy  https://www.trainorders.com/discussion/read.php?6,4944458 -  we also visited MRS P1-07 yard. It is located at the end of Ferrovia do Aço (steel railroad), called FA  as a short name for railroaders and railfans. At P1-03, MRS used to load up to 18 ore trains a day. But after the tragedy with Brumadinho dam on Januuary 24, 2019  https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/02/09/world/americas/brazil-dam-collapse.html (exatly one year ago), many mud dams along the railroad routes that serve ore mines where closed due to the risk of new collapses. The tracks that goes to P1-03 pass in front a huge mud dam. The dam that is where all the dirt from the ore ends. After almost an year stopped, Vale and MRS developed a system to run the ore trains without crew from P1-03 to P1-05 yards, about 20 km long by tracks. So, the ore trains started to be loaded again at P1-03 yard in the end of 2019, but since these remote controled trains run in low speed, the number of trains loaded a day dropped to three or four. It is better than nothing. 
Here are my pics taken in November 7, 2016 with the CSX guy at P1-03. Enjoy.

Pedro


Pedro Rezende
Vespasiano, MG
Minas Gerais Railways



Date: 01/24/20 08:35
Re: A day at MRS P1-07 yard with an american railfan (Brazil)
Author: pedrop

1) Part of the yard seen from the top of tunnel 78. The loading area is behind the bend seen in thebackground;

2) The units parked at right will be used as DPU in the end of the trains leaving the yard.

3) A loaded train appearing in the background. They run at 5 km during the loading the process.


Pedro Rezende
Vespasiano, MG
Minas Gerais Railways



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 01/24/20 08:51 by pedrop.








Date: 01/24/20 08:39
Re: A day at MRS P1-07 yard with an american railfan (Brazil)
Author: pedrop

4) An AC44i switching near the old box car "station" at P1-03 yard;

5) The unist for DPU use;

6) The train with HAT class hoppers are for balls. The ore in powder goes by GDT or GDU class gondolas.


Pedro Rezende
Vespasiano, MG
Minas Gerais Railways








Date: 01/24/20 08:42
Re: A day at MRS P1-07 yard with an american railfan (Brazil)
Author: pedrop

7) Again, the set of units for DPU;

8) The CSX guy. Different scenery and trains for him, for sure;

9) The yard seen toward the tunnel.


Pedro Rezende
Vespasiano, MG
Minas Gerais Railways








Date: 01/24/20 08:45
Re: A day at MRS P1-07 yard with an american railfan (Brazil)
Author: pedrop

10 and 11) Vale security gate. From that point ahead, the area is controled by Vale mining;

12) The units for DPU and the hills of pure iron.


Pedro Rezende
Vespasiano, MG
Minas Gerais Railways








Date: 01/24/20 08:51
Re: A day at MRS P1-07 yard with an american railfan (Brazil)
Author: pedrop

13)  An ispection car arrived inthe yard;

14) The big dual tracks tunnel 78 at Km 351.770 of FA railroad. It has 855 meters long.

15) a view from inside the tunnel taken in other vist of mine there.


Pedro Rezende
Vespasiano, MG
Minas Gerais Railways








Date: 01/24/20 08:54
Re: A day at MRS P1-07 yard with an american railfan (Brazil)
Author: pedrop

16) Tunnel 78 again;

17) An yard girl.

18) The yard seen from the switching machine for the DPU´s tracks.


Pedro Rezende
Vespasiano, MG
Minas Gerais Railways








Date: 01/24/20 08:55
Re: A day at MRS P1-07 yard with an american railfan (Brazil)
Author: pedrop

19 and 20) The inspection car.

Pedro Rezende
Vespasiano, MG
Minas Gerais Railways






Date: 01/24/20 09:02
Re: A day at MRS P1-07 yard with an american railfan (Brazil)
Author: pedrop

21) An Google view of the area;

22)  MRS map of tracks with FA highlighted. BTW, P1-03 also is known as Andaime yard (in the map).


Pedro Rezende
Vespasiano, MG
Minas Gerais Railways



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 01/24/20 09:02 by pedrop.






Date: 01/24/20 09:06
Re: A day at MRS P1-07 yard with an american railfan (Brazil)
Author: pedrop

23 to 25) MRS FA profile.

Pedro Rezende
Vespasiano, MG
Minas Gerais Railways








Date: 01/24/20 09:13
Re: A day at MRS P1-07 yard with an american railfan (Brazil)
Author: pedrop

The FA was built in the 1980´s by government owned RFFSA railroad. Its plans were to reach Belo Horizonte and also Itabira. The road bad was openned from P1-03 to BH and also to Itabira, but never received tracks. The 1980´s was a difficult time in Latin America and many project were abandonned due the lack of money.

That's all for now.

Pedro


Pedro Rezende
Vespasiano, MG
Minas Gerais Railways



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 01/24/20 13:26 by pedrop.



Date: 01/24/20 12:54
Re: A day at MRS P1-07 yard with an american railfan (Brazil)
Author: zorz

Great look into a fascinating operation. Thanks as always for posting!



Date: 01/24/20 17:45
Re: A day at MRS P1-07 yard with an american railfan (Brazil)
Author: M640

Pedro,

I guess it has been that long ago, I have to get back there! That CSX guy.

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