Train loading iron ore, Pilbara, Australia - Stock image
Australia, Commercial Land Vehicle, Desert, Export, Freight Train
West Angelas Mine, Western Australia, Australia aa Sept 11, 2002: Pilbara Railway Company locomotives 9470/9472 (aYellowtailsaA) loading iron ore into Robe River ore cars at the West Angelas loadout in Australiaaas remote Pilbara region in Western Australia. Australiaaas resources boom and mineral exports have kept the countryaas economy strong during the global economic crisis. The iron ore is in constant demand by Chinaaas rapid economic development. Formed in 2001, the Pilbara Rail Company operated and maintained the rail assets of Hamersley Iron and Robe Rive Iron Associates and railed ore from Hamersley and Robe mines. In 2005 Pilbara Rail was folded into Pilbara Iron, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Rio Tinto Group (that manages assets for Hamersley Iron Pty Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Rio Tinto), and Robe River Iron Associates (an unincorporated joint venture between Rio and three Japanese steel companies).