Venezuela

The Venezuelan iron ore industry was nationalized in 1975. The CVG Ferrominera Orinoco C.A. was
created by the unification of the North American companies, Orinoco Mining Company
and Iron Mines Company of Venezuela.

Iron Mines Company of Venezuela - Bethlehem Steel Co.

Iron Mines Co. of Venezuela was an original owner, it acquired three DRS4-4-1500s new from Baldwin.

All were built with dynamic brakes and had additional air reservoirs under the raised cab
to operate side-dump ore cars.

DRS4-4-1500

Ferrominera Orinoco 2002 2002

DRS4-4-1500
c/n 73139, b/d 7/1949

- ex Iron Mines Co. of Venezuela #2
photo by: James Claflin - collection of Mark Laundry
San Felix Bolivar, Venezuela - Jan. 4, 1979

Ferrominera Orinoco 2003
photo by: James Claflin
- collection of Mark Laundry

San Felix Bolivar, Venezuela
Jan. 4, 1979
2003

DRS4-4-1500
c/n 73140, b/d 3/1948

- ex Iron Mines Co. of Venezuela #3
- on display in front of the main entrance to
CVG Ferrominera Orinoco
Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela


Orinoco Mining Company

Orinoco Mining Co. was an original owner, it acquired nine AS616s new from Baldwin.

US Steel's Orinoco Mining Company AS616s were numbed 1001 to 1009.
Number 1008 (c/n 75444) was wrecked and returned to Baldwin. Is was
rebuilt and given a new construction number, 75942. It was returned
to Venezuela and numbered 1010.

AS616

Ferrominera Orinoco 1009 1009

AS616
c/n 75445, b/d 7/1953

photo by: James Claflin - collection of Mark Laundry
Puerto Ordaz Bolivar, Venezuela - Jan. 5, 1979


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