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How long can a train be ?

Sishen–Saldanha Run on 26–27 August 1989, comprising 660 railcars, 7.3 km (4.5 miles) long and weighing 69,393 tons, excluding the 16 locomotives (9 50 kV AC electric and 7 diesel-electric). Anyone know of a longer one?? 46 mths ago

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BHP Run on 21 June 2001, comprising 682 wagons and hauled by eight 6000Hp General Electric AC6000CW diesel-electric locomotives controlled by a single driver with a total length of 7.353 km on the 275 km iron ore railway to Port Hedland in Western Australia – total weight 99,734 tons (Sorry, I don't normally Google but this was just too interesting to resist)

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Longest_trains

46 mths ago

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A record run in the old apartheid days, I wonder if any maintenance has been done on the railway line since that day , I doubt it.

46 mths ago

There is one on this site that is 353 meters longer...cannot copy and paste.

46 mths ago

My parents have seen the Sishen train, told me about it, unbelievable. Apparently its so long, it was impossible to see either the front, or the back of the train.

46 mths ago

Anything longer than that would give me pulpitations.

46 mths ago

Here another one for you, did you know that the Electric/diesel locomotives that pulled that long load had a "monkey bike" in them so that if there was a problem with the load they could use the bike to travel along side the train looking for the problem

46 mths ago

I too had to Google and found this .... Australian BHP Iron ore train, the longest train to ever run in the world, this train is officially in the guinness book of world records for the longest train. The record was set on june 21, 2001 in western australia between newman and port headland, a distance of 275km (170 miles) and the train consisted of 682 loaded iron ore wagons and 8 GE AC6000 locomotives giving a gross weight of almost 100,000 tonnes and moved 82,262 tonnes of ore, the train was 7.353 km (4.568 miles) long. BHP iron ore did this to test locotrol which is where locomotives are evenly placed along the length of the train. The locotrol setup was 2 locos-166 wagons, 2 locos-168 wagons, 2 locos-168 wagons, 1 loco-180 wagons then the last locomotive on the back. This very long train is controlled by only one driver. Certainly makes an awesome sight, enjoy!

Source: See Youtube .. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9LsuNWjRaAo

46 mths ago

There you have it then.

46 mths ago

Jeez, you guys can be very impressive....

46 mths ago

No wonder I have this love-hate relationship with you guys. You are a lot less useless than you pretend to be. Interesting info, thanx.

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46 mths ago

your example is the longest in the world,also the heaviest goods train in the worl.read in guinness book of world records some years ago.

46 mths ago

wow that is a record 7km

46 mths ago

about 8 carts

46 mths ago

Why does size matter so much to you. just love all the trains in world.

46 mths ago

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