Brand new Dash 9 to VLI (Brazil)

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pedrop

A Railfan in Brazil
The pics below run on Facebook this week and shows one of new VLI dash 9 somewhere in USA. A friend sent them to me to try to identify the location. :)VLI is a new division of Vale mining company for general cargo, specially grains.
Any idea where these photos were taken?
 

pedrop

A Railfan in Brazil
ALL is meter gauge.
ALL has bolth meter (1,000mm) and broad (1,600mm) gauge systems. These new locomotives are to meter gauge and will use BB+BB trucks like the ones on Vale system. They are going to NS port in Virginia.
 

Ed Sand

General Idiot
ALL has bolth meter (1,000mm) and broad (1,600mm) gauge systems. These new locomotives are to meter gauge and will use BB+BB trucks like the ones on Vale system. They are going to NS port in Virginia.
When did they get the broad gauge? FCA?
 

pedrop

A Railfan in Brazil
When did they get the broad gauge? FCA?
ALL took over old broad gauge system of former Fepasa em Ferronorte, in São Paulo and Mato Grosso states. FCA (now VLI) also have broad gauge system in São Paulo, but only for the locomotives. The cars still be narrow gauge and are coupled to the locos by a special car called Maromba. They also have third rails in Sao Paulo like we have here in Belo Horizonte area.
 

Ed Sand

General Idiot
Thanks Pedro. Many years ago I spent a fair bit of time in Bauru with Ferronorte, but that was before Fepasa was privatized and BAP/Mesopotamico became ALL. It was fun seeing the dual gauge yard there under wire. I haven't kept up with all the different companies.
 

Jon Bentz

New Member
Ed - Did you get to see the big GE electrics that were a dead ringer for New Haven 2-C-C-2 units. I think they also had some Little Joe's down there somewhere as well.
 

Ed Sand

General Idiot
I did! The Little Joes were retired by that point, but those other big GEs were pretty cool too.

I've got some photographs somewhere of them, but don't have a scanner.
 




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