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    Posted 10 years ago

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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, 10 years ago
      Lol!.. thanks BELLIN a fun time in my life....:-)
    2. kerry10456 kerry10456, 10 years ago
      inky, nothing says "More Power" like a Uke, love the photos, thanks for sharing.
    3. jonima jonima, 10 years ago
      There's nothing like getting to play at work.
    4. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 10 years 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, 10 years ago
      Many thanks czechman ~ AR8Jason ~ mustangtony and pw-collector for the love...:-)
    6. inky inky, 10 years ago
      Hi Kerry10456!... Thank you for for the love and stopping to comment!....:-)
    7. inky inky, 10 years ago
      Hello jonima! I loved every sinle second of it, thanks for the love and stopping by!....:-)
    8. inky inky, 10 years ago
      blunderbuss2...;)... helloo! ;)!.. 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, 10 years 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. Justanovice Justanovice, 10 years ago
      Would't like to reverse that baby!!! What a cool woman you are inky!! Very impressed - and 150 MEN - YEAH!!
    11. inky inky, 10 years ago

      Many thanks officialfuel and chevy59!....:-)
    12. inky inky, 10 years ago
      Hello! LeahGoodwin..Bad to the bone!...;-)
    13. inky inky, 10 years ago
      Justanovice... it was a eazy peezy to reverse and YES!!.. alllll! those men, I was well looked after...;-)!
    14. inky inky, 10 years ago
      Thanks Hems303!...:-)
    15. inky inky, 10 years ago
      Hello walksoftly! 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!...:-)
    16. musikchoo musikchoo, 10 years ago
      How do you spell POWER !! WOW !!!!
    17. inky inky, 10 years ago
      musikchoo...any way I!!!... wanted! thanks for the love and and stopping!...:-)

      And petey for the love...:-)
    18. walksoftly walksoftly, 10 years 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.
    19. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 10 years ago
      So what kind of muscle drives those wheels? Hope you have power steering! What is the dia. of them?
    20. thisoldwatch thisoldwatch, 10 years 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.
    21. Manikin Manikin, 10 years ago
      wow inky your mighty brave ! what a amazing job and your so tiny .
      Hope all is well with you :-)))))))))) xox
    22. Militarist Militarist, 10 years ago
      Just think how much fun a flat tire would be!
    23. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 10 years ago
      Any time you need a tire change "little girl" just call me. May take a few days to get there though!
    24. inky inky, 10 years ago
      I'll wait...;-)
    25. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 10 years ago
      You sound like my kind of woman!
    26. inky inky, 10 years 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!...:-)!...:-)

    27. inky inky, 10 years ago
      Hello thisoldwatch!... yes! I think it would certainly help, no room for anyone else..Ha ha!...:-)
    28. inky inky, 10 years ago
      Many thank ...Phil ~ bratjdd ~ Manikin ~ thisoldwatch ~ miKKoChristmas11 ~ musikchoo for the love and comments....:-)
    29. inky inky, 10 years ago
      Thank you Manikin yes I am real good!...:-)
    30. inky inky, 10 years 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...;-)
    31. inky inky, 10 years 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!...:-)
    32. walksoftly walksoftly, 10 years 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
    33. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 10 years 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!
    34. inky inky, 10 years ago
      Thank you czechman...:-)
    35. inky inky, 10 years ago
      I think blunderbuss2 you must be terribly misunderstand, for the life of me I can't think why!!!...:-)
    36. inky inky, 10 years 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!...:-)
    37. walksoftly walksoftly, 10 years 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!
    38. inky inky, 10 years 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?...:-)
    39. inky inky, 10 years ago
      Many thanks MattyG!....:-)
    40. walksoftly walksoftly, 10 years ago
      I doubt it, he'll be back with some wisecrack that I'm sure of!
    41. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 10 years 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.
    42. walksoftly walksoftly, 10 years ago
      I told ya!!! :-)
    43. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 10 years ago
      And you can only shoot them once so getting a 3 shot grouping is impossible!
    44. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 9 years 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.
    45. inky inky, 9 years 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...:-)
    46. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 9 years 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.
    47. inky inky, 9 years ago
      I will need to see a photo in-situ!...:-)
    48. walksoftly walksoftly, 9 years ago
      I think CW is softening him up a bit, smoothing off the rough edges so too speak ;-)
    49. inky inky, 9 years ago
      I think you might be right , not to smooth though!! ;-)))))
    50. walksoftly walksoftly, 9 years ago
      Don't remove the patina just wipe off a bit of the dust!
    51. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 9 years 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.
    52. inky inky, 9 years ago
      Many thanks neat.old.stuff....:-)
    53. ozmarty ozmarty, 9 years ago
      ALL US BLOKES ARE ENvious .... a real boys toy!

      ( the
    54. inky inky, 9 years ago
      Or in this case... 'a little girls toy'!!...thanks ozmarty!....:-)
    55. toracat toracat, 9 years ago
      Beautiful Photos!! You and the trucks! I saw similar trucks when in China at museum that built great dam on Yangtze river!!
    56. inky inky, 9 years ago
      Many thanks toracat...:-)
    57. clockerman clockerman, 9 years ago
      Very cool indeed,,,,interesting occupation...
    58. inky inky, 9 years ago
      clockerman...many thank !..I just adoooore!!! your profile photo....:-)
    59. clockerman clockerman, 9 years 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?
    60. inky inky, 9 years ago
      Brrrr!....I will be thinking of!.. 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...:-)
    61. clockerman clockerman, 9 years ago
    62. inky inky, 9 years ago
      Gad! I soooo! agree... no not a jerk... a fun loving don't give a dam... person, and thanks!..:-)...Merry Cristmas
    63. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 9 years ago
      Merry Christmas inky. Don't have a Walmarts or Kmart here so can't get a Christmas v-ass for you.
    64. inky inky, 9 years ago
      Many thanks ttomtucker.....:-)
    65. inky inky, 9 years ago
      blunderbuss2... my friend, thank you so very much, the thought is just as nice....:-)
    66. inky inky, 9 years ago
      Many thanks ttomtuckert....:-)
    67. Manikin Manikin, 9 years ago
      Merry Christmas inky and thanks so sharing so many items with us this year and looking toward more this New Year :-) xo
    68. toolate2 toolate2, 9 years ago
      WOW! I knew everything was big in cans....forks and knives at the Out Back Merry Christmas!!!
    69. inky inky, 9 years ago
      Phil thank you.

      Also......AR8Jason....Manikin....toolate2 for your kind wishes, I hope you had a wonderful day.......:-)
    70. kerry10456 kerry10456, 9 years 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.
    71. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 9 years 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!
    72. Manikin Manikin, 9 years ago
      Happy New Year inky !!!!!!!!
    73. inky inky, 9 years 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...:-/
    74. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 9 years ago
      Happy New Year again. I didn't feel anything inky! Better tie down those v-ass's! We get them over here too.
    75. DrFluffy DrFluffy, 9 years 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!!
    76. inky inky, 9 years ago
      Thank you DrFluffy I loved my job was a fun..and extremely well paid time!...sigh!...:-)
    77. zguy2112 zguy2112, 9 years ago
      Looks easy to parallel park.
    78. inky inky, 9 years ago
      zguy2112...thank you!..and lol!.. it wasn't a problem at all!..:-)
    79. inky inky, 8 years ago
      Many thanks...Windwalker....:-)
    80. inky inky, 8 years ago
      Many thanks fortapache....:-)
    81. inky inky, 8 years ago
      Many thanks Trey....:-)
    82. toolate2 toolate2, 8 years ago
      I was trying to find these pictures just the other day. A friend was talking about how big some of these earth movers where and I thought of you! Great pics... I had to love them again!
    83. inky inky, 8 years ago
      Thank you toolate2 for loving and taking the time to comment again...and for all the other loves....I do appreciate them.....:-)
    84. cornhusker cornhusker, 7 years ago
      This picture made the laugh at myself......many times one get preconceived ideas, well, the name inky did. I once had a friend name Inky, a dark-haired happy fellow. So, I formed the picture in my mind based on a prior acquaintance...and here you are a pretty blonde haired lass.....LOL
    85. inky inky, 7 years ago
      Hello! cornhusker ...Thank youuu!!!!...I do love your rural..
      I think most people think I am a chap!...but that's ok!...I love the reactions when they find out I'm not...Inky was a name a of a wonderful man my father in law knew and I just loved it so borrowed it!....:-)
    86. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 7 years ago
      Luv when this poste pops up! (just now got a little quake here!) We have an Ace Hardware now, so maybe they sell rare beautiful target, -er, v-asses but rather doubt it. My best to you & Ralph! Is my room ready yet? LOL!!
    87. inky inky, 7 years ago
      Hi-agh! blunder...still working on it!..nearly there!..just give us a date and we will get a push on with it!..
    88. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 7 years ago
      No rush Penny. Can come with those friends from NZ who have a home near you. Of course we would be sailing & they are planning on taking their time wandering around the S. Pacific. Maybe a year? Via the Strait of Magellan!! I'm getting queasy at the thought!!
    89. welzebub, 7 years ago
      I can not believe I missed this before, although I have to say I am not surpised by it at all!

      My brother is a mechanic who works on equipment like this and the equipment that processes the ore in gold mines.
    90. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 7 years ago
      Penny, you are just irresistible to us! LOL!!
    91. inky inky, 6 years ago
      Hi! Nicefice...glad you enjoyed it...many thanks!..:-)
    92. Caperkid, 6 years ago
      Very cool inky I'll post a picture of the shovel they use at a gold/copper mine near by biggest piece of equipment I've ever seen.
    93. ralph ralph, 6 years ago
      Thanks inky and a Merry Christmas to you, I see you have just got back from your Sunday drive in your run about.
    94. OneGoodFind OneGoodFind, 6 years ago
      Few years late to the party Inky but it's still awesome!!
      Makes me wonder what you are doing these days? Hopefully very well! :)
      Love this!
    95. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 6 years ago
      Thanks for bringing this back up OGF. Penny looks so cute beside that monster ! LOL !
    96. roddyq roddyq, 5 years ago
      Great photos inky. Bechtel was the first construction company I worked for in the Tar sands in Northern Alberta, Canada in the 1970's. We installed all the conveyor systems plus all the steel structures and worked on the huge draglines similar to the one in your 3rd photo. and mobile bucket wheels ( the bucket wheels fed the conveyors with more mixture sending the raw bitumen to the extraction buildings to be separated in the tumblers. The huge trucks were constantly bringing the rocks, sand etc. back to fill the huge holes left by the draglines that had been separated from the bitumen in the huge tumblers back from the rejects ( more conveyors ). The trucks were huge and the ladies who drove them did an excellent job.
      This post brings back many good memories ( have to forget about the very cold winters lol. )
    97. shareurpassion shareurpassion, 5 years ago
      Heeeeyyy!!!! Now THAT'S what I'm talkin' bout!!! I didn't know you belonged to the BAB club too!!! haha This one beats me 10 times over! A rig must look teensy next to this ;) So cool!
    98. inky inky, 5 years ago
      Hi roddyq..I pleased it brought back good memories for you, and you also for me and does when ever someone brings this photo back up!.. it was a very good time in my life when I I loved going to work each day, the only time I was ever a little concerned about was not when it was cold as they were warm inside the cabs, it was when it was wet from rain or the water trucks if they had just gone trough and it was slippery..the edge was never that far away from the side of the trucks....and the mine was very deep...:-/..
    99. inky inky, 5 years ago
      shareurpassion.. your comment made me smile..thanks!...:-)
    100. roddyq roddyq, 5 years ago
      Good memories all around inky!! It's always great to look back at these life experiences and smile:)
    101. Caperkid, 5 years ago
    102. inky inky, 5 years ago
      Caperkid..your link isn't opening for me, is there a bit missing?...:-)
    103. shareurpassion shareurpassion, 5 years ago
      You are very welcome and Queen of the BAB's club now!!! ;) Hats off to you!!!
    104. Caperkid, 5 years ago
      .com sorry
    105. Caperkid, 5 years ago
    106. boysfarm boysfarm, 5 years ago
      Loved seeing the old Wabco. I drove them and Electra Haul in Elkford for Fording Coal Cominco. Going downhill we could override the brakes and get it up to 35 miles and hour!!! I had a buckle from them read " Moving The Earth For The Good Of Mankind" Doing donuts in winter. Crazy Canucks.
    107. inky inky, 5 years ago
      The guys used to all that sort of stuff as well..not this little girl..:-)).. the fastes I ever went and ever wanted to go again was loosing my breaks going down hill..:-/..
    108. Caperkid, 5 years ago
      I'll stick to my little Bobcat skid steer :)
    109. inky inky, 5 years ago
      Thank you Thomas...:-)... and the loves....
    110. Rattletrap Rattletrap, 3 years ago
      I am sooooo impressed with your tough attitude and obvious high self confidence level. Dealing with Macho men is no small deal and some of the guys I met in Aus.thought they were pretty macho indeed. Obviously you’re up to the task and can likely hold your own with the Great Whites and Salt Water crocks both in and out of the water. Impressive is not a good enough word for u.
    111. inky inky, 1 year ago
      Pacem.. don’t drink beer..but!!.. I do wine!..;+)..
    112. Joel222, 6 months ago
      this would be cool to Cruz down do you need a special driver's license for this...? are you near South land near Hammer Hardware Store wear they have Bert Munro's bike .. can ya post a picture of you and your hunk if front of the bike , then just the bike '-))...smiling ... later Penny hope all is well ....

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