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Date: 12/16/20 02:47
VLI phosphate rock train (Brazil)
Author: pedrop

Hi, I received this picture by a friend. It was taken in the VLI phosphate rock route between Salitre and Araxá, MG. We see three SD80ACeBB leading a loaded phosphate rock train near Ibiá  MG.
The autor added his name to the picture: Andrey F.O. Silva. The quality is not good  but it can give you an idea of how sinuous is that line.

Pedro Rezende
Vespasiano, MG




Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 12/22/20 15:59 by pedrop.




Date: 12/16/20 02:55
Re: VLI phosphate rock train (Brazil)
Author: pedrop

2 - 4) The junction of the Araxá branch with Centro corridor in Biá, MG. Pictures by friend Jairo Nunes.

Pedro Rezende
Vespasiano, MG
https://youtube.com/c/minasgeraisrailways1



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Date: 12/16/20 03:07
Re: VLI phosphate rock train (Brazil)
Author: pedrop

5- 7) In the picture, the train is leaving Araxá branch and headed to Ibiá and Belo Horizonte. 

Pedro Rezende
Vespasiano, MG
https://youtube.com/c/minasgeraisrailways1








Date: 12/16/20 03:09
Re: VLI phosphate rock train (Brazil)
Author: pedrop

8) More picture by Jairo Nunes.

Pedro

Pedro Rezende
Vespasiano, MG
https://youtube.com/c/minasgeraisrailways1



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Date: 12/16/20 06:37
Re: VLI phosphate rock train (Brazil)
Author: espee99

Interesting consist Pedro.  Do they regulary spread the power across the whole consist or is this just a practice on the branch?

Again Pedro thanks for giving us a view of operations in your corner of the world.



Date: 12/16/20 06:41
Re: VLI phosphate rock train (Brazil)
Author: exhaustED

Sinuous and steep in that first shot!



Date: 12/16/20 07:38
Re: VLI phosphate rock train (Brazil)
Author: pedrop

Hi, the big and heavy trains like the ore and grains use to have DPU to avoit derailments in tourtuos lines such this.

espee99 Wrote:
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> Interesting consist Pedro.  Do they regulary
> spread the power across the whole consist or is
> this just a practice on the branch?
>
> Again Pedro thanks for giving us a view of
> operations in your corner of the world.

Pedro Rezende
Vespasiano, MG
https://youtube.com/c/minasgeraisrailways1



Date: 12/16/20 09:11
Re: VLI phosphate rock train (Brazil)
Author: tomstp

Very interesting pictures.  thanks.



Date: 12/16/20 11:49
Re: VLI phosphate rock train (Brazil)
Author: lynnpowell

WOW!  Andrey found the perfect location to shoot the action from in the first photo!



Date: 12/16/20 16:39
Re: VLI phosphate rock train (Brazil)
Author: Ritzville

Really some very interesting pictures! Some great views of the tracks! Liked the train that looked like a snake with the curves.

Larry



Date: 12/17/20 16:31
Re: VLI phosphate rock train (Brazil)
Author: CM80-46

Pedro,   Anything you post is much appreciated! Your friends post too!  It’s keeping me sane!  
I haven’t been to my train watching spot very much and few others show up.
How  much distance between the lead unit and the DPU s?    Very interesting compression visually!
U
!



Date: 12/17/20 18:06
Re: VLI phosphate rock train (Brazil)
Author: pedrop

Hi, the phosphate rock trains use to have 80 to 90 cars, so I imagine the locomotives are placed in sections of 30 - 30 - 20 or 30 - 30 - 30 cars.
CM80-46 Wrote:
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> Pedro,   Anything you post is much appreciated!
> Your friends post too!  It’s keeping me sane!
>  
> I haven’t been to my train watching spot very
> much and few others show up.
> How  much distance between the lead unit and the
> DPU s?    Very interesting compression
> visually!
> U
> !

Pedro Rezende
Vespasiano, MG
https://youtube.com/c/minasgeraisrailways1



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Date: 12/17/20 20:50
Re: VLI phosphate rock train (Brazil)
Author: SvenMolson

Good stuff Rezende!

 



Date: 12/22/20 13:43
Re: VLI phosphate rock train (Brazil)
Author: SAAP

"quality is not good". Really? That first photo is amazing from an artistic perspective. 



Date: 12/22/20 16:01
Re: VLI phosphate rock train (Brazil)
Author: pedrop

For sure it is a great picture, but it has bad pixels quality. I am sure the original is better than this copy I received from a friend.

SAAP Wrote:
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> "quality is not good". Really? That first photo is
> amazing from an artistic perspective. 

Pedro Rezende
Vespasiano, MG
https://youtube.com/c/minasgeraisrailways1



Date: 12/23/20 19:55
Re: VLI phosphate rock train (Brazil)
Author: bogieman

Really like that first picture Pedro, thanks for posting it. It gives an appreciation of the service the SD80ACe-BB's are in.

Any comments now that they've been in service for several years? Are they all delivered now?

Dave



Date: 12/24/20 12:48
Re: VLI phosphate rock train (Brazil)
Author: pedrop

Hi Dave,
The SD70ACeBB are excellent locomotives and VLI crews love them. VLI also have the broad gauge SD70ACe and MRS bought three SD70ACe and a SD80ACe last week. They were EMD and Progress Rail Demonstrators.
 Pedro

bogieman Wrote:
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> Really like that first picture Pedro, thanks for
> posting it. It gives an appreciation of the
> service the SD80ACe-BB's are in.
>
> Any comments now that they've been in service for
> several years? Are they all delivered now?
>
> Dave

Pedro Rezende
Vespasiano, MG
https://youtube.com/c/minasgeraisrailways1



Date: 12/26/20 08:48
Re: VLI phosphate rock train (Brazil)
Author: bogieman

Thanks Pedro. Good to hear MRS is a customer, I know they were a tough sell. Before I retired, we did work on a broad gauge version of the HTCR truck specifically for MRS, wonder if that figures in to future orders.

Dave



Date: 12/26/20 10:23
Re: VLI phosphate rock train (Brazil)
Author: pedrop

I imagine MRS asked a truck model with better adhesion since it has big grades in its lines. 

bogieman Wrote:
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> Thanks Pedro. Good to hear MRS is a customer, I
> know they were a tough sell. Before I retired, we
> did work on a broad gauge version of the HTCR
> truck specifically for MRS, wonder if that figures
> in to future orders.
>
> Dave

Pedro Rezende
Vespasiano, MG
https://youtube.com/c/minasgeraisrailways1



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