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Posted 1 year ago

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inky
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Just thought I'd share this photo with you, I found it while re-arranging my bookshelves trying to make space for my vases.

For three and half years this was my job, I drove this Wabco truck 200 toner (carrying capacity, supposedly!!) round an iron ore mine in the top end of Pilbara region of Western Australia. I used to wake up each morning looking forward to going to work. That's me sitting waaaayyeee!! up there! - waiting to be picked up and in one of the shovels that used to load me.

The company I worked for was BHP and it had a huge open cut mine in Newman, a small mining town on the edge of the mine set up especially and only for mining personnel.

This has been taken from Wikipedia...

BHP's operations in Newman date back to 1968, when the Mount Whaleback mine was opened, the biggest single-pit Open-pit iron ore mine in the world, developed originally by United States company Bechtel Pacific. A new town, Newman, was constructed, as well as a 426 kilometre railway line, the Mount Newman railway. The first train left Newman on 1 January 1969 and the first shipment of Newman ore left port on 1 April 1969 on board of the Osumi Maru.[6] Newman remained a "closed" company town until 1981.[4]

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  1. inky inky, 1 year ago
    Lol!.. thanks BELLIN a fun time in my life....:-)
  2. kerry10456 kerry10456, 1 year ago
    inky, nothing says "More Power" like a Uke, love the photos, thanks for sharing.
  3. jonima jonima, 1 year ago
    There's nothing like getting to play at work.
  4. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 1 year ago
    Hi little girl. That's a B.F.T.. "B" being big & "T" being truck. Sure hope it has power steering! Hope you didn't have to change your own flats!
  5. inky inky, 1 year ago
    Many thanks czechman ~ AR8Jason ~ mustangtony and pw-collector for the love...:-)
  6. inky inky, 1 year ago
    Hi Kerry10456!... Thank you for for the love and stopping to comment!....:-)
  7. inky inky, 1 year ago
    Hello jonima! I loved every sinle second of it, thanks for the love and stopping by!....:-)
  8. inky inky, 1 year ago
    blunderbuss2...;)... helloo! ;)...lol!.. I never had any trouble with getting someone to change a tyre if I got a flat, being the only girl in a shift of 150-ish men!!!....;-) thanks for the love and stopping to comment!....:-)
  9. walksoftly walksoftly, 1 year ago
    Great photo's!
    You must have been the talk of Newman, being the only woman on shift!
    Must have been a bummer getting into your regular vehicle after driving that!
  10. LeahGoodwin LeahGoodwin, 1 year ago
    Inky, you just gave new meaning to Bad A$$!!! What where your training wheels before? lol Wow. Total Awesomeness in Girl Power!!! :)
  11. Hems303 Hems303, 1 year ago
    NICE! thanks for this post!!!
  12. Justanovice Justanovice, 1 year ago
    Would't like to reverse that baby!!! What a cool woman you are inky!! Very impressed - and 150 MEN - YEAH!!
  13. inky inky, 1 year ago


    Many thanks officialfuel and chevy59!....:-)
  14. inky inky, 1 year ago
    Hello! LeahGoodwin..Bad to the bone!...;-)
  15. inky inky, 1 year ago
    Justanovice... it was a eazy peezy to reverse and YES!!.. alllll! those men, I was well looked after...;-)...lol!
  16. inky inky, 1 year ago
    Thanks Hems303!...:-)
  17. inky inky, 1 year ago
    Hello walksoftly!......it was a bit deflating going from one to the other, took me a while to remember there wasn't a ladder on my Californian mini !..:-).. girls came and went on the shift, but! sadly decided to act like one of the boys to try and fit in, it wasn't appreciated by them and in the end left. I kept my femininity and closed my ears to men type stuff and found that in the end I was excepted and protect by 95% of them against the macho one that thought I shouldn't be there, I loved it!...:-)
  18. musikchoo musikchoo, 1 year ago
    How do you spell POWER !! WOW !!!!
  19. inky inky, 1 year ago
    musikchoo...any way I!!!... wanted to...lol! thanks for the love and and stopping!...:-)

    And petey for the love...:-)
  20. walksoftly walksoftly, 1 year ago
    Hi Inky
    This reminds me of the movie North Country with Charlize Theron, excellent movie.
    Now many mining companies prefer women drivers over men as they are easier on the trucks, less maintenance.
    Kudos to you for showing them you could do the job your way.
    I would love to drive one of those trucks.
  21. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 1 year ago
    So what kind of muscle drives those wheels? Hope you have power steering! What is the dia. of them?
  22. thisoldwatch thisoldwatch, 1 year ago
    I would love to borrow this, it may end road rage forever. As Crocodile Dundee would say, "no mate, this is a truck". thanks for sharing.
  23. Manikin Manikin, 1 year ago
    wow inky your mighty brave ! what a amazing job and your so tiny .
    Hope all is well with you :-)))))))))) xox
  24. Militarist Militarist, 1 year ago
    Just think how much fun a flat tire would be!
  25. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 1 year ago
    Any time you need a tire change "little girl" just call me. May take a few days to get there though!
  26. inky inky, 1 year ago
    I'll wait...;-)
  27. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 1 year ago
    You sound like my kind of woman!
  28. inky inky, 1 year ago
    Hi! Blunderbuss2... a bit of info for you...It has a cubic capacity of 126.8 litres, producing 2475 brake horse power, when full it has a diesel fuel capacity of 2650 litres, weighing in at 190,000 Kg's empty. Carried a payload of 212,200 Kg's. It's Gross weight was 402,200 Kg's and If I remember correctly each tyre back then cost around $10.000.00 each, and yes! power steering....:-)

    I don't think you would think I was your kind of woman after I had boxed up all your manly macho type stuff and re-placed them with all my 'glass vases', brushed the floors hung pretty gingham curtains every where and had fresh flowers in all the rooms!...:-) you sound like you'd like a woman who could open a bottle of beer with her thighs which she had just taken out of the ice cooler she has strapped to her back full of your beer and while doing this skinning a rabbit ready to cook over an open fire!...:-) ...lol!...:-)


  29. inky inky, 1 year ago
    Hello thisoldwatch!... yes! I think it would certainly help, no room for anyone else..Ha ha!...:-)
  30. inky inky, 1 year ago
    Many thank ...Phil ~ bratjdd ~ Manikin ~ thisoldwatch ~ miKKoChristmas11 ~ musikchoo for the love and comments....:-)
  31. inky inky, 1 year ago
    Thank you Manikin yes I am real good!...:-)
  32. inky inky, 1 year ago
    Militarist it was good having a flat because they all ways took ages to get to you, and I always had a good book handy, and a cup of tea in my flask...;-)
  33. inky inky, 1 year ago
    Hi! Walksoftly... Thank you so much for your kind words, I do appreciate them.. I did see that film and I also thought it was very good, thankfully not anywhere as bad as that most of the guys I worked with were real gentlemen.. well around me anyway!...:-)
  34. walksoftly walksoftly, 1 year ago
    Hi Inky, I'm glad you didn't have to put up with the crap like that portrayed in the movie.

    Can't wait to see what B'buss has to say about your comment on glass vases... lol
  35. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 1 year ago
    You do sound like my kind of woman if I didn't think the thing about the beer cooler etc. was a joke. Problem is you don't sound depressive. I seem to be a bi-polar, manic depressive magnet when it comes to girls. Beginning to wonder if I make them that way.
    I had some v-asses which are called artillery shell cases. They have now been de-v-ass'd and I call them lamps now.
    Really impressed with the machine!
  36. inky inky, 1 year ago
    Thank you czechman...:-)
  37. inky inky, 1 year ago
    I think blunderbuss2 you must be terribly misunderstand, for the life of me I can't think why!!!...:-)
  38. inky inky, 1 year ago
    Walksoftly... I thought for sure a mere mention!! of all those glass vases, and there are few! would get blunderbuss2 lying as low as lizard drinking water, but no!...:-)
  39. walksoftly walksoftly, 1 year ago
    I think there could be something about the word VASE or mere thought of, that B'buss finds distasteful.
    Scented candles, now there is something I have an aversion to, yuk!
  40. inky inky, 1 year ago
    Some! me too... some smell like toilet spray, others smell good!... I did worn him about the vases but!! he might of mellowed a bit do you think?...:-)
  41. inky inky, 1 year ago
    Many thanks MattyG!....:-)
  42. walksoftly walksoftly, 1 year ago
    I doubt it, he'll be back with some wisecrack that I'm sure of!
  43. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 1 year ago
    A v-ass has no moving parts, doesn't gain more character with age, rust, form a nice patina, have an exciting past or go boom, - unless you shoot it. They are also too expensive for targets.
  44. walksoftly walksoftly, 1 year ago
    I told ya!!! :-)
  45. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 1 year ago
    And you can only shoot them once so getting a 3 shot grouping is impossible!
  46. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 1 year ago
    I'm trying to mellow but we don't have Walmart's or K-mart's here so I can buy good quality V-asses. Maybe I can find some old 2-300 yr old ones to put on a shelf but they might have chips or be faded. (sorry, only K-mart v-asses fade I hear). Do need somebody to put flowers in them. That is what you put in them? At least we have flowers year round.
    Been a fun poste.
  47. Hems303 Hems303, 1 year ago
    BREAKING NEWS:....blunderbuss2's gonna get a vase...the world as we know it is ending..LOL

    (sorry inky!.....couldn't resist)
  48. inky inky, 1 year ago
    A lovely vase even with a chip in is still a lovely vase, and one day you never know I might be able to put some flowers in one for you!..:-) you make me smile and laugh blunderbuss2, anybody that!! can do that is special...:-)
  49. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 1 year ago
    Getting carried away aren't we! Inky has to put flowers in them. I might be easy, but I'm not cheap! Actually, I'm easy & cheap. Just ask my friends. I certainly don't know how to select a v-ass.
  50. inky inky, 1 year ago
    I will need to see a photo in-situ!...:-)
  51. walksoftly walksoftly, 1 year ago
    I think CW is softening him up a bit, smoothing off the rough edges so too speak ;-)
  52. inky inky, 1 year ago
    I think you might be right , not to smooth though!! ;-)))))
  53. walksoftly walksoftly, 1 year ago
    Don't remove the patina just wipe off a bit of the dust!
  54. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 1 year ago
    Me in situ will definitely get a laugh. I thought about getting into body building, but after looking in a full view mirror, - decided that I need to find a better construction site.
  55. inky inky, 1 year ago
    Many thanks neat.old.stuff....:-)
  56. ozmarty ozmarty, 1 year ago
    DO'NT KNOW HOW i MISSED THIS ..
    ALL US BLOKES ARE ENvious .... a real boys toy!

    ( the
  57. inky inky, 1 year ago
    Or in this case... 'a little girls toy'!!...thanks ozmarty!....:-)
  58. toracat toracat, 1 year ago
    Beautiful Photos!! You and the trucks! I saw similar trucks when in China at museum that built great dam on Yangtze river!!
  59. inky inky, 1 year ago
    Many thanks toracat...:-)
  60. clockerman clockerman, 1 year ago
    Very cool indeed,,,,interesting occupation...
  61. inky inky, 1 year ago
    clockerman...many thank !..I just adoooore!!! your profile photo....:-)
  62. clockerman clockerman, 1 year ago
    Polar Bears are awesome... My brothers and sisters (11) and some of the neices and nephews,(23),,we have been doing the New Years Day Polar Bear swim at Coney Island for the last 5 or 6 years so alas thats me at least one day a year. AND YES IT IS FREEZING,,,,but it renews my life and spirit for another year.
    How fast did those big babies go?
  63. inky inky, 1 year ago
    Brrrr!....I will be thinking of you...lol!.. I watched on TV the other night a program on the largest whales in our ocean, they were so clever and gentle I couldn't stop myself from crying, it was so beautiful!

    Speed of truck..I can't really remember it was a while ago, but! I think about 30 kph, unless fully loaded going down hill with brake failure, NOW!! I can tell you that!! was probably as invigorating as you New Years swim...:-)
  64. clockerman clockerman, 1 year ago
    HAHAHAHAH YEAH BABY
    CANT LIVE WITHOUT LIVING,,,LIKE SOMEONE SAID.
    THIS AINT A REHEARSAL,,,WE ONLY LIVE ONCE.
    LOOK FOR ME ON TV,,,,I AM THE JERK WEARING THE GOLD SPARKLING BOWLER WITH THE BOTTLE OF CHAMPAGNE.
    lOVE THOSE TRUCKS
  65. inky inky, 1 year ago
    Gad! I soooo! agree... no not a jerk... a fun loving don't give a dam... person, and thanks!..:-)...Merry Cristmas
  66. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 1 year ago
    Merry Christmas inky. Don't have a Walmarts or Kmart here so can't get a Christmas v-ass for you.
  67. inky inky, 1 year ago
    Many thanks ttomtucker.....:-)
  68. inky inky, 1 year ago
    blunderbuss2... my friend, thank you so very much, the thought is just as nice....:-)
  69. inky inky, 1 year ago
    Many thanks ttomtuckert....:-)
  70. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 1 year ago
    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year Inky, Thanks for all the support and nice comments this year !~
  71. Manikin Manikin, 1 year ago
    Merry Christmas inky and thanks so sharing so many items with us this year and looking toward more this New Year :-) xo
  72. toolate2 toolate2, 1 year ago
    WOW! I knew everything was big in Australia...beer cans....forks and knives at the Out Back Steakhouse...lol.... Merry Christmas!!!
  73. inky inky, 1 year ago
    Phil thank you.

    Also......AR8Jason....Manikin....toolate2 for your kind wishes, I hope you had a wonderful day.......:-)
  74. kerry10456 kerry10456, 1 year ago
    As the hours tick do to a new year, I wanted to stop by and wish you and your's a Safe and Bright New Year to come and may your life bring you joy and happiness.
    Kerry
  75. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 1 year ago
    inky, these time zones are always confusing. Your New Year is about 17-18hrs after GMT? Then they came up with DST to confuse us more!
  76. Manikin Manikin, 1 year ago
    Happy New Year inky !!!!!!!!
  77. inky inky, 1 year ago
    kerry10456 ~ blunderbuss2 ~ Manikin...Thank you so much and to you all too! ours started with a bang, shake, rattle and rumble!.. we had two earth quakes 20klm straight out of shore (we live walking distance to the beach) 5.0 and 4.1 spooky...:-/
  78. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 1 year ago
    Happy New Year again. I didn't feel anything inky! Better tie down those v-ass's! We get them over here too.
  79. DrFluffy DrFluffy, 8 months ago
    This is the coolest ever... I work for the yellow "Earth Moving" company (shall remain nameless)... And I LOVE BIG MACHINES... Unfortunately I don't get to drive them, but I LOVE my company and what we do!!
  80. inky inky, 8 months ago
    Thank you DrFluffy I loved my job too...it was a fun..and extremely well paid time!...sigh!...:-)
  81. zguy2112 zguy2112, 6 months ago
    Looks easy to parallel park.
  82. inky inky, 6 months ago
    zguy2112...thank you!..and lol!.. it wasn't a problem at all!..:-)
  83. inky inky, 3 months ago
    Many thanks...Windwalker....:-)
  84. inky inky, 3 months ago
    Many thanks fortapache....:-)
  85. inky inky, 7 days ago
    Many thanks Trey....:-)

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