Pilbara iron ore miner Roy Hill has painted two locomotive cars destined to join its train fleet pink in support of breast cancer patients.
The two General Electric (GE) cars joined Roy Hill’s existing 21-car fleet (for 23 cars in total) at a rail terminal yard in Port Hedland at an event attended by members from Roy Hill, Hancock Prospecting and GE.
Hancock and Roy Hill chairman Gina Rinehart, was in attendance to christen the two cars, which she called ‘For Mothers’ and ‘Women of the North’.
The two locomotives will pull 130 pink ore cars that have been supplied over the last quarter by China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation (CRRC).
“These cars, when attached to one of our new GE pink locomotives will create a striking image as they forge their way across the Pilbara,” said Rinehart in her speech at the event.
“May these pink trains continue to inspire us to do more for breast cancer patients and support research to help fight this truly terrible and sad disease.”
It is not the first time Roy Hill vehicles have been painted pink; Rinehart is a well-known supporter of breast cancer awareness — she launched a breast cancer foundation in 1992 after her mother Hope Rinehart died of the disease.
“This marked the first time GE has painted a locomotive pink and we are proud to support such an important cause,” added Nalin Jain, president and chief executive officer, international at GE Transportation.
“These locomotives will serve Roy Hill well both in hauling millions of tonnes of ore and demonstrating their commitment to breast cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment and survivorship.”
Rinehart began the habit of employing pink mining vehicles at sites for breast cancer awareness in May 2016, when the entire haul truck fleet at Roy Hill’s iron ore mine was painted in the colour.
Roy Hill was also involved in painting the superstructure of the massive bulk carrier vessel Berge Toubkal pink earlier this year. Rinehart is the ship’s godmother.
Following attendance at the launch of the pink locomotives in Port Hedland, Rinehart took a flight to the Roy Hill site to christen what is now the sixth fleet of pink Hitachi haul trucks (the fifth fleet was launched in May this year).
“The trucks we are christening today are Hitachi mega trucks, which are nearly eight metres high and have a massive carrying capacity of 296 tonnes,” she said at this truck launch.
“To put this in perspective, just one of these trucks could carry the entire weight of 3.75 full Boeing 737 dash 800 series aircrafts. About 40 per cent of our workforce driving these trucks are women — a rarity in the mining industries.”
Rinehart also welcomed Melinda Milne at the event, a Hancock employee who had survived breast cancer, and christened one of the trucks after her.
Another truck was christened CRRC by Claire Pearce and Ockert Van Zyl of GE in recognition of its delivery of the 130 pink ore cars.