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Technology in Australia 1788-1988Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering
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Chapter 7

I The First 100 Years 1788-1888

II Railways

III Motorised Vehicles
i Trucks
ii Truck Manufacturing
iii Road Trains
iv The Diesel Electric Ore Trucks
v Buses and Coaches

IV Aviation

V Modern Shipping

VI Innovative Small Craft

VII Conclusion

VIII Acknowledgements

IX Contributors



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The Diesel Electric Ore Trucks

Mining in the last decade has been characterised by application of new and improved technologies and one important development has been the ability to move large quantities of ore economically for treatment and/or subsequent sale.

One of the major contributors to large scale mining has been the heavy load diesel electric ore trucks having capacities of up to 189 tonne. These dump trucks are a vital factor in maintaining the movement of ore whether it be iron ore in the Pilbara, gold at Telfer, bauxite at Weipa, or uranium ore at Jabiru.

The ore trucks are fully imported but there have been significant service facilities established at mine sites to keep these vehicles in operation. The workshop area of Australian mining industry is a major depository of technical skill in all forms of transport including both road and rail, an important consideration in the defence of the country and the potential servicing requirements of the armed forces.

Organisations in Australian Science at Work - Weipa Bauxite project, Qld

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