The SD70ACe/LCi is heavy haul locomotive specially designed for the western Australian iron ore rail operations compliant with EPA Tier 2 emission standard. She incorporated some fundamental changes from the standard American SD70ACe. The letters “LC” in the model name implies limited clearance, and the letter “i” implies international model. The LCi measures 188 inches tall compared to 191 inches of the standard North American models. Most performance figures of the LCi is similar to the standard North American SD70ACe but the LCi weighs 12 tons heavier due to a beefed up under frame to withstand the heavier gross rail load (over 350,000 lbs.) of Australian iron ore operations. Special micro alloy low stress wheels have also been used on the LCi’s. Air brake compartment under the cab is occupied by heavier duty air conditioning system and air brake components have been relocated to the B-end underneath the rad fans. Between BHP Billiton and Fortescue Metals Group, 83 units have been purchased from.
|BHP Billiton has quite a nice color scheme for their locomotives|