We left Millstream driving along the railway road which goes next to the railway owned by Rio Tinto. The railway is the largest privately owned network of trains in the world and runs from their mines around Tom Price and Paraburdoo to the port at Dampier.
The last of these photos is a caterpillar train discovered by Ben. We have not managed to get a good photo of a road train yet.
We quickly popped into the outskirts of Dampier only to see Red Dog statue. Photo – Done!
Through Karatha and onto Port Headland.
Everything here is to do with mining, either the iron of the Pilbara, the offshore gas and oil fields or the salt production. With the salt production big lakes are filled with the already very salty sea water and then the sun evaporates the water and you are left with ship loads of salt.
Everywhere there are massive trains, on massive amounts of tracks, loading into massive ships in massive ports. Scattered about the place are massive hills of red – iron ore and white – salt. Not to mention on the roads massive mining machinery and massive road trains. The road trains have now upped to four trailers long, before this area we mostly have seen 3 trailer trains.
Music today by Weddings Parties Anything, Kym Lardner – kids funny CD
Mixed ‘Classic Rock’ genre. Some pearlers in that my personal favourite Wilson Phillips and their one hit wonder.