BHP keeps rail services moving

BHP’s rail workforce are changing the way they work to respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and ensure that the network continues to operate.

As a number of train drivers are based interstate and overseas, some have opted to stay in the Pilbara. Those who have relocated to Western Australia are undergoing 14 days of self-isolation before they return to work.

Additionally, rail operations staff including supervisors, coordinators, trainers and other team members are helping out in roles they may not normally fill to ensure the trains keep running. Overall, however, most of BHP’s rail operations team live in WA.

“With the current challenge in front of us, the team are doing whatever it takes to help each other out and keep our trains moving,” said rail operations manager Steve Campbell.

“The Rail drivers here at BHP are some of the best in the world.  They are proud of what they do and who they represent.  I am so proud of the entire rail team who have all been up to the challenge, keeping our trains moving, helping to keep the country moving – to me, that’s big!”

BHP operates two main railways in WA to support its iron ore mining in the Pilbara region. The rail lines travel from Newman to Nelson Point and Yarrie to Finucane Island, both of which are located in the Port Hedland harbour. The 634 kilometres of rail line are supported by a number of spurs, loops, and marshalling yards.