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Electric Locomotives in Norway

Norwegian electric locomotives. El14, El16, El17, El18, CargoNet class 119, German class 185 and 193. Green Cargo Rc4.


Created for 4rail.net by John McKey. Pictures by Ilkka Siissalo, Hannu Peltola and John McKey.




Also in this section
SBB RABe 514 number 054, Stadelhofen, Switzerland
Malmbana in the Norway's north is a major ore railroad with the heaviest equipment in the whole Europe.


el18 number 2252 in Oslo, Norway
LOK2000 locos were one of the first truly common European work horses for the electric traction.

LKAB IORE units 121 and 125 behind the stables, Kiruna, Sweden
The IORE electric locomotives are heaviest in Europe, see IORE theme page for pictures and video...  See also our popular Visions series "Running with IORE" article!

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CargoNet El 16 number 2213 in Oslo, Norway

Norway has and interesting variety of medium and heavy electric locomotives in use for its many operators. At the time generations are also chnaging, old built for Norway units giving way to standard designs of Europe. Below you can find information on almost all of these. This page will also cover some of the vintage locomotives and their technical info.



  CargoNet (now part of NSB), N-CN
  German Class 193 Vectron of CargoNet, owned Railpool


CargoNet / Railpool class 185 number 712 parked in Narvik, Norway

German Class 185 of CargoNet, owned by Railpool
CargoNet changed the lessor of TRAXX F140 AC2 locomotives to Railpool. These locomotives are used to power CargoNet fast intermodal trains that keep Norway connected.

Units in use at CargoNet: 12    
Unit numbers
: 687, 689, 692, 699, 708-714
Maximum allowed speed
: 140 km/h (87 mph)  
Electrical systems
: overhead el., AC 15kV 16,7 Hz
Usage
: Norwegian intermodal and other freight


  Detailed information on class 185... 



CargoNet 119 number 010 parked in Oslo, Norway Class CE 119 (TRAXX F140AC2) of CargoNet
The newer version of TRAXX-locomotive is used mainly for traffic within Norway itself.

Units built: > 2000    
Unit numbers: 18
Maximum allowed speed: 140 km/h (87 mph)  
Electrical systems: 
15kV 16,7 Hz
Usage: Norwegian route freight traffic


  Detailed information on CE 119 and units...
NSB El18 number 2248 in Oslo, Norway
CargoNet El 16 number 2213 in Oslo, Norway
CargoNet El 14 number 2199 in Oslo, Norway
  Green Cargo
Green Cargo Rc4s at pit stop in Oslo, Norway
 
 
  MTAB / MTAS
MTAB ore train headed by IOREs 122 and 108 rolling by Narvik station, Norway
 
 
  NSB
NSB El18 number 2248 in Oslo, Norway
 
El17 of NSB

   
   
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CargoNet

CargoNet class 119 with intermodal at Rombak near Narvik, Norway
  CargoNet class 119 TRAXX2 locomotive is coming out a the tunnel at Rombak on the northern mountains. The locomotive is hauling an intermodal train from Oslo to Narvik, a distance of around 2000 kilometers / 1250 miles by rail. Here it is just a question of letting the train roll slowly down the grade to Narvik 15 kilometers / 10 miles away. There the freight cars will be unloaded and loaded again for the return trip. Pictures by Hannu Peltola. CargoNet class 119 with intermodal at Rombak near Narvik, Norway

The CE119 of CargoNet is a widely used electric freight locomotive for CargoNet. These units are part of the over 2000 locomotive wide fleet of the TRAXX locos in Europe.

Two of the units have recently been on hire at HectorRail in Sweden. Running intermodal from Oslo to Narvik and back these locos visit every day both ways about 1000 kilometers of the Swedish soil too.


Technical details for CE 119
-> Type: TRAXX F140AC2 by Bombardier
-> Users: CargoNet
-> Seen: Norway and Sweden
-> Class: Norwegian classification CE 119 (some sources say El19)
-> Usage: medium to heavy freight locomotive
-> Production dates: the CargoNet units arrived in 2008, this is a current production model
-> Numbers built: 18
-> Numbers in use: 18
-> Road numbers: 001 - 018

-> Energy Source: 15 kV 16,7Hz overhead electric
-> Power output: 5600 kW (7510 Hp)
-> Traction motors: AC, one for each bogie
-> Tractive Effort: 300 kN (67'450 lbs)
-> Braking effort on traction motors (dynamic braking): available
-> Maximum operational speed where possible: 140 km/h (87 mph)

-> Wheel arrangement: Bo'Bo'
-> Wheel diameter: 1250 / 1170 mm
-> Gauge: 1435 mm / 4' 8,5"

-> Length: 18,5 m
-> Heigth: 3,85 m
-> Width: 2,97 m

-> Weight: 84 metric tons
-> Max. axle weight 21 tons

Recognition
-> attractive CargoNet silver painting with large CargoNet texts and logo on the sides
-> TRAXX2 loco shape
-> lower nose section vertical
-> Seen both in Norway and Sweden hauling CargoNet freight

CargoNet 119 number 010 parked in Oslo, Norway
  The unit 010 of the CargoNet class 119 fleet is seen parked and waiting for next assignment in Oslo locomotive depot. Picture by Ilkka Siissalo.

 

Train meeting at Rombak, Norway  It is often so crowded at Malmbana, that the CargoNet CE119 on intermodal trains have to take sidings to wait for the huge MTAB ore trains pass. You heard right, the smaller and faster always seems to take the siding to wait while the ore rolls directly through. Picture by Hannu Peltola.

CargoNet 119 number 008 bulb chancing Oslo, Norway
  Lights on lights off, chancing bulbs, other servicing and parking the loco to wait for the next assignments. Pictures from Oslo, Norway by Ilkka Siissalo.
CargoNet 119 number 008 bulb chancing Oslo, Norway

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CargoNet El 16 number 2213 in Oslo, Norway

Asea built these interesting wedge nosed electric locomotives for NSB in 1977 - 1984. If you take the wedge away and move some of the grilles from the top to line up with the other air intakes you immediately notice the similarities with the tried and very Nordic capable Rc locomotives found in quantities in Sweden. This is in fact a more powerful version of it and installed with dynamic brakes for heavy mountain use.

Of the original 17 NSB units 2 have been destroyed by fire, but the remaining 15 are in use in Norway, at least 11 at CargoNet, which is the freight wing for the NSB.

Technical details for El16 of CargoNet
-> Type: Thyristor electric locomotive by ASEA AB
-> Users: CargoNet
-> Seen: Norway
-> Class: Norwegian classification El16
-> Usage: medium heavy freight locomotive
-> Production dates: 1977, 1980, 1984
-> Numbers built: 17
-> Numbers in use: 15
-> Road numbers: 16 2201 - 16 2217

-> Energy Source: 15 kV 16,7Hz overhead electric
-> Power output: 4440 kW (5,950 hp), 4 x 1110 kw
-> Traction motors: DC, one for each bogie, 4× ASEA LJH 108-4
-> Tractive Effort: 330 kN (74'200 lbf)
-> Braking effort on traction motors (dynamic braking): yes
-> Maximum operational speed where possible: 140 km/h (87 mph)

-> Wheel arrangement: Bo'Bo'
-> Wheel diameter: 1300 mm as new
-> Gauge: 1435 mm / 4' 8,5"

-> Length: 15,5 m
-> Heigth: m
-> Width: m

-> Weight: 80 metric tons
-> Max. axle weight 20 tons

Recognition
-> Typical Norwegian pointed nose (to push through the snow)
-> CargoNet darker than normal silver livery
-> 4 axle design
-> 2 scissors type pantographs





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CargoNet El 14 number 2199 in Oslo, Norway
  CargoNet class El14 in Oslo. Picture by Ilkka Siissalo.

CargoNet El 14 number 2199 in Oslo, Norway

Norwegian built older El14 locomotives are still in the everyday roster. Their pulling power of 350 kN can be seen quite high by even today's standards in Europe.

Technical details for El14 of CargoNet
-> Type: Thunes Mekaniske Værksted A/S
-> Users: CargoNet
-> Seen: Norway
-> Class: Norwegian classification El14
-> Usage: heavy freight locomotive
-> Production dates: 1968 - 1973
-> Numbers built: 31
-> Numbers in use: 31
-> Road numbers: 14 2164 - 14 2190, 14 2197 - 14 2200

-> Energy Source: 15 kV 16,7Hz overhead electric
-> Power output: 5,082 kW (6,815 hp)
-> Traction motors: DC, one for each bogie, 6× NEBB ELM982St
-> Tractive Effort: 350 kN (78'683 lbf)
-> Braking effort on traction motors (dynamic braking): -
-> Maximum operational speed where possible: 100 km/h (62 mph)

-> Wheel arrangement: Co'Co'
-> Wheel diameter: 1270 mm
-> Gauge: 1435 mm / 4' 8,5"

-> Length: 17,7 m
-> Heigth: 4,46 m
-> Width: m

-> Weight: 105 metric tons
-> Max. axle weight 18 tons

Recognition
-> CargoNet dark blue livery
-> 6 axle design
-> banks of electrical equipment in the roof





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NSB

NSB El18 number 2248 near Tangen, Norway in winter
NSB El18 number 2250 near Tangen, Norway in winter
NSB El18 number 2248 in Oslo, Norway
el18 in Norway

For now it seems like most of the time we see the class El18 of Norwegian Railways NSB hauling either InterCity or a sleeper train. Both works obviously require a dependable and powerful locomotive running through the constantly chancing conditions in the Norwegian landscape. There are lots of tunnels on the way meaning added stress when running from cold outside to inside the humidity of the tunnels and back to freezing weather. This is the kind of conditions not many locomotives can take.

Outside its normal duties some units of the El18 fleet can also be found working on the lumber trains in the middle Sweden. The Re460 / LOK2000 originating high tech high quality locomotives have no problems with any work thrown to them.


Technical details for El18
-> Type: Lok2000
-> Class: Norwegian classification of El18
-> Usage: medium to heavy multipurpose locomotive
-> Seen: Norway and Sweden
-> Builders: several, originally built by SLM (Schweizerische Lokomotiv und Maschinenfabrik) of Switzerland, then ABB, Adtranz,
Bombardier and Transtech
-> Production dates: 1996 - 1997
-> Numbers built: 22
-> Numbers in use: 22

-> Road numbers: 2241 - 2262
-> Users: NSB and occasional parties hiring these locos
-> Seen: Sweden and Norway

-> Energy Source: 15 kV 16,7Hz overhead electric
-> Power output:
-- momentarily: 6100 kW (8294 Hp)
-- continuous: 5400 kW (7240 Hp)
-> Traction motors: AC, one for each bogie
-> Tractive Effort: 275 kN (62'000 lbf)
-> Braking effort on traction motors (dynamic braking): available
-> Wheel arrangement: Bo'Bo'
-> Wheel diameter: 1100 mm

-> Maximum operational speed where possible: 200 km/h (124 mph)

-> Length: 18,5 m
-> Heigth: 4,3 m
-> Width: 3,0 m

-> Weight: 83 metric tons
-> Max. axle weight 20,5 tons

Recognition
-> Lok2000 like shape
-> distinctive dark red with black sides
-> "striped" side panels


  More information on LOK 2000 locomotives on their theme page...



    NSB El18 number 2248 is seen here for a change on the point of the inter city train in Tangen Norway. Picture by David Gubler.

  The same town with an El18 number 2250 and an intercity in snowy conditions, which are of no concern to the Swiss LOK2000 program originating locomotives. Picture by David Gubler.

  This spot in Oslo is the one where NSB El18 locomotives are most of the time pictured. There is always an intercity or a sleeper train in tow waiting for a departure. Picture by Ilkka Siissalo.

   The personnel of the NSB El18 number 2252 has a few moments to exchange thoughts before the departure of the train from Oslo. Picture by Ilkka Siissalo.

   Here the unit 2248 again is showing at the Oslo central station. This angle shows well some of the main spotting features:
-- Hamster like shape
-- single large windshield
-- ribber side on the black painted area
-- bright yellow typical Norwegian plow under the nose reveals quite clearly where the locomotive is coming from.
Picture by Ilkka Siissalo.

  The unit 2244 of the NSB El18 fleet is this time under the Oslo skyline at Oslo main station. Picture by David Gubler.

NSB El18 number 2248 in Oslo, Norway NSB El18 number 2244 ready to start an intercity in Oslo, Norway

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