BHPBilliton & Oroville Dam Railroad

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A few weeks ago I posted this to the Photo Gallery

a shot with BHPB's SD70ACe/LC named Oroville. The 1st car dumper and ore wagons on the Mt Newman Mining line came from the Oroville Dam construction project. Yesterday whilst going along our site (BHPB's duplication project) I managed to get a few shots of the ballast train doing its stuff.

The SD40's are ex SP, the ballast wagons are ex ATSF (owned CFCLA), and between the loco's and the wagons is a plough wagon converted from one of the Oroville wagons.
If you are interested in rail related photos of the Oroville Dam construction, the following site is very interesting:

A portion of the Western Pacific original main line line was used as a dam construction railroad, hauling fill. (A relocated WP main was constructed first.) Two construction trains experienced a tragic head-on collision just outside a tunnel on October 7, 1965, and there are some remarkable photos here. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to - An online railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used railroad books. Railroad pictorials, railroad history, steam locomotives, passenger trains, modern railroading. Hundreds of titles available, most at discount prices! We also have a video and children's book section. - An online model railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used books. Layout design, track plans, scenery and structure building, wiring, DCC, Tinplate, Toy Trains, Price Guides and more.