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Really off topic but some examples of traffic in NW Australia here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vOdhH4_g5oY

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Really off topic but some examples of traffic in NW Australia here

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vOdhH4_g5oY
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170 tonnes loaded is crazy!
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WOW ! That is the shitZ.
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Oops, I meant for you to park over there. Just back that sucker up, would ya!
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Must take some very talented drivers to keep those things on the road. Even in the videos you can see them sway just a little bit. A blow-out on a middle trailer would probably be a disaster.

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Instead of using training like we do. They using heavy trucks. Never understood why they didn't have more rail service.

I pity the fool who tries to brake check one of those trucks.
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Instead of using training like we do. They using heavy trucks. Never understood why they didn't have more rail service.

I pity the fool who tries to brake check one of those trucks.
Distances are too great for the volume of freight - ROI on cost of capital was negative. Where the freight volumes exist (like BHP and RIO iron ore mines at Mt Tom Price to Dampier and Port Hedland ports), they use fully automated trains that shift 80-120 million tonnes per annum.
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I have watch so many of these it is not funny. Watching them plow through a creek/water crossing is just wild.
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Distances are too great for the volume of freight - ROI on cost of capital was negative. Where the freight volumes exist (like BHP and RIO iron ore mines at Mt Tom Price to Dampier and Port Hedland ports), they use fully automated trains that shift 80-120 million tonnes per annum.
Admit it - at the time there were only enough convicts in Australia to build the highways, not both those and rail.

Funny in a way - we have a similar problem in Canada re distances and volumes, yet it was the railway which forged the nation. Of course, we only had to get from the left coast to the right, not all the way around the perimeter like you.

Interesting differences.
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