Taking Stock 

Morals, mines and machinery

Mark Robinson

Morals, mines and machinery

News reaches us that Rio Tinto (RIO) has launched the world’s first automated heavy-tonnage, long-haul rail network in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. The 2.4 kilometre-long trains have been 10 years in the making, the result of an agreement between the state government, Rio Tinto and its technology partner Hitachi Rail STS.

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