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4rail.net - Electric Locomotives in Sweden

Swedish electric locomotives and their operators. New and old. Pictures of different variants.

Created for 4rail.net by John McKey, Ilkka Siissalo and Andreas Ehnberg. Pictures by Gerry Putz, Nick Slocombe, Ilkka Siissalo, Hannu Peltola, Andreas Ehnberg and John McKey.




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Welcome to the Sweden's electric locomotives page! Many locomotives on this page are used in both Sweden Norway, forming virtually a common railway market. Most of the locomotives in the list have either Swedish or German classification. Below you will find all the types in use and given some time also their technical details. There are also pages for the Diesel Locomotives, Electric and Diesel Multiple Units and MOV Equipment.


Quick Menu:
CargoNet: CE119 (TRAXX F140 AC2) * German class 185 (TRAXX F140 AC2) *
DB Schenker Scandinavia Classes
: German 185.2 * EG *
Green Cargo Classes and Types: Rc1 (retired) * Rc2 * Rc4 * Rd2 * Re * Rm *
HectorRail Classes: Class141 * c142 * c143 * c161 * c162 (see below) * c241 * c242 * c441 *
Infranord: Rc2 (ex. ÖBB) *
MTAB/LKAB: Dm3 * IORE *
NSB: EL 18 *
SJ Classes: Rc3 * Rc6
Skandinaviska Jernbanor: Vectron AC64 * El13 *
SSRT: Rc3 * Rc6 *
TågAB: Rc2 ÖBB *
Vintage (might be in use occasionally): Hg * Ma * Ra * Rz

   
 Three Most Common Electric Locomotive Types in Sweden and Norway
CargoNet / Railpool class 185 number 714 parked in Narvik, Norway

Bombardier TRAXX F140 AC2
TRAXX line of locomotives is today the most common locomotive type in Europe. Worth of modularity and standard interchangeable components has been proven with several thousand units manufactured so far. Many run into Sweden and Norway under CargoNet, DB Schenker Scandinavia, Green Cargo, HectorRail, Railpool and other operators. Swedish and/or Norwegian ATC is installed in all these units. Some units run export import container trains all the way from Sweden through Denmark to Germany.



Class 193 number 923 of Siemens Mobility in Kiruna, Sweden during the mid winter Siemens Vectron AC 64
Siemens renewed its line of locomotives with Vectron in 2012. Now the numbers have accumulated so that it is possible to see several units for several operators runningin one day. So this model can be considered belonging to common electric locomotives already.


Green cargo Rd2 unit 1094 atLund, sweden ASEA Rc, Rm and Rd2 Locomotives
ASEA was a major locomotive builder from the early 20th century until it merged with Brown Boveri (now ABB > Bombardier). As a result all railroad rolling stock building ceased exept for components. Among many famous products were an Rc locomotives product line. Many of these are still in daily use, a true sign of technology capable of coping even the harshest Nordic weather. Outside Sweden, Norway and Denamark you can find ASEA locomotives in Romania.

 CargoNet (part of NSB)
CargoNet / Railpool class 185 number 714 parked in Narvik, Norway German Class 185.2 (TRAXX F140 AC2) of CargoNet
This Railpool leased TRAXX-locomotive batch is used mainly for intermodal traffic in Norway and Sweden.

Units: ~8, leased from Railpool    
Road numbers: 185 6xx and 185 7xx series
Maximum allowed speed: 140 km/h (87 mph)  
Electrical systems: overhead, 15kV 16,7 Hz, 25 KV 50 Hz
Usage
: intermodal traffic in Norway and Sweden


  Detailed information on TRAXX F140 AC2...


CargoNet 119 number 010 parked in Oslo, Norway Class CE 119 (TRAXX F140 AC2) of CargoNet (past class)
Alpha Trains leased TRAXX-locomotive batch was used mainly for intermodal traffic in Norway and Sweden. Locomotives were returned to lessee after several years of use.

Units: 10 for CargoNet (leased, phased out from CN roster)
Unit numbers: 119 001 - 119 010, possibly one left
Maximum allowed speed: 140 km/h (87 mph)  
Electrical systems: 15kV 16,7 Hz, 25 kV 50 Hz
Usage: International route freight traffic

  Detailed information on class CN CE 119...
 DB Schenker Scandinavia (DB Schenker and Green Cargo joint venture)
DB SChenker Scandinavia class 185 number 322 in Odense, Denmark Class 185.2 of DB Schenker Scandinavia
A batch of class 185 TRAXX F140 AC2 is equipped with the Scandinavian modules for working between Germany, Denmark and Sweden.

Units built: 17 for DB Schenker Scandinavia   
Unit numbers: 185 321 - 337, 185 404 - 406
Maximum allowed speed: 140 km/h (87 mph)  
Electrical systems15kV 16,7 Hz, 25 kV 50 Hz
Usage
: International route freight traffic between Sweden, Denmark and Germany


  Detailed information on DBSS class 185.2...


Red EG3110 in Ringstedt, Denmark

Class EG of DB Schenker Scandinavia
Class EG was the first locomotive type acquired for traffic through the tunnel between Malmö and Copenhagen, thus six axles. They run between Sweden and Germany in pool with the class 185.2.

Units: 13    
Unit numbers
: EG 3101 - 3113
Power
: 6500 kW (8715 Hp), 400 kN
Maximum allowed speed
: 140 km/h (87 mph)  
Electrical systems
: AC, 25 kV 50 Hz and 15kV 16,7 Hz
Usage
: International freight between Sweden and Germany


  Detailed information on DBSS class EG... 

 Green Cargo
Green Cargo Re Traxx locomotive number 1436 at Luleå, Sweden Class Re (TRAXX F140 AC2)
This is a second generation version of TRAXX-locomotives family. Class Re locomotives were at first used mainly on the heavy steel slab trains on Malmbana and south of it to Borlänge. The fleet is now in lighter use class Rc4 having replaced them.

Units built: 16 for the operator    
Unit numbers
: Re 1423 - 1438
Power
: 5600 kW (7510 Hp), 300 kN
Maximum allowed speed
: 140 km/h (87 mph)  
Electrical systems
: AC 15kV 16,7 Hz
Usage
: Swedish and Norwegian freight


  Detailed information on class Re... 


Green cargo Rd2 unit 1094 atLund, sweden Class Rd2 (Rebuilt Rc2)
Some things only "get more efficient with time", like the Rd2 fleet rebuilt by Bombardier from Green Cargo Rc2s.

Units rebuilt by Bombardier: 79   
Unit numbers
: Rd2 1028 ... 1136
Power
: 3600 kW (4830 Hp), 4 x 900 kW, 250 kN
Maximum allowed speed
: 135 km/h (84 mph)  
Electrical systems
: overhead el., AC 15kV 16,7 Hz
Usage
: Swedish and Norwegian freight


  Detailed information on class Rd2 and units...
  Detailed information on Rc and Rd locos page...  


Green Cargo Rc4 unit 1283 at Krokvik, Kiruna, Sweden Class Rc4 / Rc4P
The Green Cargo main fleet consists of numerous Rc4 and Rc4P locomotives, which run freights in Sweden and Norway. Rc4P can run 160 km/h instead of 135 km/h and is used on postal trains. Nowadays Rc4 is also a popular switcher locomotive (despite the visibility) for Green Cargo.

Units built: 130, 8 were sold to Nordic Re-Finanace in 2015   
Unit numbers
: Rc4/Rc4P 1137 - 1322
Power
: 3600 kW (4830 Hp), 290 kN
Maximum allowed speed
:
-- Rc4: 135 km/h (84 mph)
-- Rc4P: 160 km/h (100 mph)  
Electrical systems
: AC 15kV 16,7 Hz
Usage
: Swedish and Norwegian freight


  Detailed information on class Rc4 / Rc4P...
  Detailed information on Rc and Rd locos page...


Green Cargo Rc2 number 1129 in Valtorp, Sweden Class Rc2
The whole Green Cargo Rc2 fleet is to be rebuilt and modernized to Rd2. Still you might spot a few locos of this type.

Units: tens    
Unit numbers: Rc2 1031 - 1134 (overlapping Rd2 #s)
Power: 3600 kW (4830 Hp), 275 kN

Maximum allowed speed: 135 km/h (84 mph)  
Electrical systems: 
AC 15kV 16,7 Hz
Usage: Swedish and Norwegian freight


  Detailed information on class Rc2 and units... 
  Detailed information on Rc/Rd locos page... 


Rc1 in Kiruna, Sweden Class Rc1
First Rc locomotive class the Rc1 is now slowly being phased out the remaining locomotives receiving spares from their sister locos.

Units: over ten remaining    
Unit numbers: Rc1 1007 - 1026
Power: 3600 kW (4830 Hp), 275 kN
Maximum allowed speed: 135 km/h (84 mph)  
Electrical systems: 
AC 15kV 16,7 Hz
Usage: Swedish freight


  Detailed information on class Rc1 and units... 
  Detailed information on Rc and Rd locos page...


Green Cargo Rm number 1258 in Hallsberg, Sweden Class Rm
Manufactured simultaneously with class Rc4, the Rm were assigned much heavier axle weight, lower speeds and automatic couplers for Malmbana, where the locomotives are now returning.

Units built: 6 in 1977  
Unit numbers: Rm 1257 - 1262
Power: 3600 kW (4830 Hp), 314 kN
Maximum allowed speed: 100 km/h (62 mph)  
Electrical systems: 
AC 15kV 16,7 Hz
Usage: Swedish and Norwegian freight


  Detailed information on class Rm... 

   
 HectorRail
Hectorrail class 141 numbers 002 in Hallsberg, Sweden Class 141
Though modern, only 3 this kind of locomotives were built by Siemens AG. Now these are all part of the HectorRail active fleet.

Units built: 3    
Unit numbers: 141 001 - 003
Maximum current reg. speed: 160 km/h (99 mph)  
Electrical systems: AC
15kV 16,7 Hz
Usage: Swedish and Norwegian freight, Swedish Veolia passenger services


  Detailed information on HR class 141... 
Hectorrail class 142 numbers 104 and 106 at Hallsberg, Sweden Class 142
The HectorRail bought from ÖBB surplus class 1144 locos for its freights in 2006 - 2011.

Units bought: 12    
Unit numbers: 142 001 - 212
Power: 4000 kW (5364 Hp), 260 kN
Maximum current reg. speed: 150 km/h (93 mph)  
Electrical systems: AC
15kV 16,7 Hz
Usage: Swedish heavy freight


  Detailed information on HR class 142... 
SJ Rc3 number 1062 in Årsta, Stockholm, Sweden Class 143 (ASEA Rc3)
HectorRail has pirchased 13 of these locomotives from the SJ surplus auction in Sweden.

Units bought: 13    
Unit numbers: 143 001 - 013

Power: 3600 kW (4830 Hp), 235 kN
Maximum allowed speed: 160 km/h (99 mph)  
Electrical systems: 
AC 15kV 16,7 Hz
Usage: Swedish passenger services and switching


  Detailed information on HR class 143... 
Hectorrail class 161 number 101 at Luleå, Sweden Class 161
These heavy Co'Co' locomotives originate to Malmbanan, where they were used for ore transportation before IOREs.

Units bought (and built by ASEA): 6, 3 in use    
Unit numbers: 161.101 - 161.106
Power: 5400 kW (7242 Hp), 420 kN
Maximum current reg. speed: 120 km/h (75 mph)  
Electrical systems: 
AC 15kV 16,7 Hz
Usage: Swedish heavy freight


  Detailed information on HR class 161 and units... 


DB class 151 at Munich Ostbahnhof in 2012, Germany

Class 162 (ex. DB Cargo German class 151)
The ex. DB class 151 is the latest six axle acquisition of the HectorRail for its impressive heavy haul fleet.

Units bought from DB: 10    
Unit numbers
: 
Power
: 5982 kW (8022 Hp), 395 kN
Maximum current reg. speed
: 120 km/h (75 mph)  
Electrical systems
: AC 15kV 16,7 Hz
Usage
: Heavy freight mostly in Germany

  Detailed information on HectorRail class 162... 



Hector Rail Traxx in Solna Class 241
HectorRail also owns some typical TRAXX2 locomotives, the number of which has been steadily rising.

Units bought: 12 (TRAXX F140 AC2)    
Unit numbers: 241.001 - 241.012
Power: 5600 kW (7509 Hp), 300 kN
Maximum current reg. speed: 140 km/h (87 mph)  
Electrical systems: 
AC 15kV 16,7 Hz
Usage: Swedish international freight


  Detailed information on HR class 241... 
HectorRail ES64U2 Taurus number 531, Stockholm, Sweden Class 242
Ever popular Taurus locomotives are also part of the HectorRail fleet. This is a powerful true multipurpose workhorse for HectorRail in Sweden and Germany.

Units bought: 5 (ES64U2 Taurus)    
Unit numbers: 242.503 - 242.532
Power: 6400 kW (8580 Hp), 300 kN
Maximum current reg. speed: 230 km/h (143 mph)  
Electrical systems: 
AC 15kV 16,7 Hz, 25 kV 50 Hz
Usage: Swedish multipurpose traffic, German freight


  Detailed information on HR class 242... 
Hector Rail class 441 Eurosprinter in Halsberg, Sweden Class 441
Powerful and rugged, the Eurosprinter fits well to the HectorRail heavy haul fleet.
Units in use: 2 for the operator   
Unit numbers: 441 001 and 441 002
Maximum allowed speed: 140 km/h (87 mph)  
Electrical systems: 
overhead electricity, 25 kV 50 Hz, 15kV 16,67 Hz AC, 1500 V DC, 3000 V DC 
Usage: Norwegian and Swedish international freight


  Detailed information on HR class 441 and units... 
CargoNet class 119 with intermodal at Rombak near Narvik, Norway Unknown Hector Class (TRAXX F140 AC2)
HectorRail has had recently two unmarked ex. CargoNet class 119 locomotives in use. This is no exceptional as the company has had previously CargoNet mother El19s in use. Most likely the locomotives are used for handling the freights the new Hector class 162 will be handling later.

  The locos are similar to HectorRail fleet of their class 241 TRAXX AC2s...
   
 Infranord
Infranord Rc2 (ÖBB) number 0001 in Boden, Sweden Class Rc2 (ex. ÖBB)
Reimported to Sweden from Austria these locomotives serve mainly Infranord work trains.

Units for the operator: 3   
Unit numbers: ELL 0001R - 0003R
Power: 3600 kW (4830 Hp), 260 kN
Maximum allowed speed: 135 km/h (84 mph)  
Electrical systems: 
AC 15kV 16,7 Hz
Usage: Swedish work trains

  Detailed information on Infranord class Rc2... 
  Detailed information on Rc and Rd locos page... 
 


 MTAB (owned by LKAB)
MTAB IORE units 116 and 126 at Vassijaure tunnel, Sweden IORE (Iron ORE) of MTAB
IOREs are the strongest electric locomotives in the whole Europe, and also obviously best for coping with the harsh arctic climate.

Units built: 26 (+ 6 in order), 2000 - 2014    
Unit numbers: 101 - 126, 91 74 0000 101-X S-MTAB
Maximum allowed speed: 80 km/h (50 mph)  
Electrical systems: 
all 15kV 16,7 Hz
Usage: Norwegian and Swedish ore traffic


  Detailed information on IORE class and units... 
  Detailed information on IORE locos page... 
MTAB Dm3s 1225 in Abisco, Sweden Dm3
Both personnel and railfans like this personal triple locomotive, all are now retired from everyday use.

Units built: 76 end modules and 19 middle ones
Unit numbers: 
Maximum allowed speed: 75 km/h (47 mph)  
Electrical systems: 
all 15kV 16,7 Hz
Usage: Norwegian and Swedish ore traffic, most retired


  Detailed information on Dm3 class and units... 

  Detailed information on Dm3 locos page... 
   
 NSB
NSB El18 number 2248 in Oslo, Norway El18 of NSB
Part of the Swiss LOK2000 program fleet, the El18 have served operator NSB well. It looks like many are currently assigned to Intercity and sleeper trains.


Units built: 22, built in 1996 - 1997    
Unit numbers: 18 2241 - 18 2262
Maximum allowed speed: 200 km/h (124 mph)  
Electrical systems: 
all 15kV 16,7 Hz
Usage: Mixed Norwegian and Swedish traffic


  Detailed information on El18 class and units... 
   
 Rush Rail
   
 SJ
SJ Rc6 number 1359 at Uppsala, Sweden Class Rc6
The Main locomotive fleet for SJ consist of Rc6 locomotives painted shiny black. This is a common sight in most tracks of Sweden.

Units built: 60   
Unit numbers: Rc6 1337 - 1422
Power: 3600 kW (4830 Hp), 250 kN
Maximum allowed speed: 160 km/h (99 mph)  
Electrical systems: 
AC 15kV 16,7 Hz
Usage: Swedish passenger services

  Detailed information on SJ class Rc6...
  Detailed information on Rc and Rd locos page...  
SJ Rc3 number 1050 at Odensburg, Sweden, a panning picture Class Rc3
The Asea built Rc3 locomotives add to the capacity of SJ. As older rolling stock there are some plans to withdraw these and sell the units to Green Cargo for rebuilding.

Units built: <25    
Unit numbers: Rc3 1027 - 1067
Power: 3600 kW (4830 Hp), 235 kN
Maximum allowed speed: 160 km/h (99 mph)  
Electrical systems: 
AC 15kV 16,7 Hz
Usage: Swedish passenger services and switching

  Detailed information on SJ class Rc3...
  Detailed information on Rc and Rd locos page...  
   
 Skandinaviska Jernbanor
  Vectron AC64
  El13
  Class 185 (TRAXX F140 AC2)
The company has one TRAXX2-locomotive for hire.

Units built: 1 hired from Railpool    
Unit numbers: 185 707
Maximum allowed speed: 140 km/h (87 mph)  
Electrical systems: 
15kV 16,7 Hz
Usage: Passenger long distance traffic


  Detailed information on SJER Class 185...
   
 SSRT
SSRT Rc6 number 1335 with a regional at Riksgränsen, Sweden Class Rc6
SSRT leases a fleet of Rc6 units for longer and shorter periods. Most of these locos can be found in the Swedish north.

Units built: 14   
Unit numbers: Rc6 1323 - 1336
Power: 3600 kW (4830 Hp), 250 kN
Maximum allowed speed: 160 km/h (99 mph)  
Electrical systems: AC 15kV 16,7 Hz
Usage: Mostly Swedish passenger services

  
Detailed information on SSRT class Rc6...
  Detailed information on Rc and Rd locos page... 
   
 Tåg AB
Tåg AB Rc2 number 006 with a container train in Hallsberg, Sweden Class Rc2 (ex. ÖBB units)
These RC2 units from ÖBB fleet are easy distinguish from the headlights being larger than on Swedish.

Units: 5    
Unit numbers: Rc2 006 - 010
Power: 4000 kW (5365 Hp), 275 kN

Maximum allowed speed: 135 km/h (84 mph)  
Electrical systems: 
AC 15kV 16,7 Hz
Usage: Swedish freight


  Detailed information on TågAB class Rc2... 
  Detailed information on Rc and Rd locos page... 
   
 Vintage Units of Various Owners
Skåj Rapic in Solna, Sweden SKÅJ Ra(pid)
Ras can be seen here and there in museums, parked and occasionally even in use.

Units: a few   
Unit numbers: Ra "Rapid 1 - 10(?)"
Power: 2640 kW (3540 Hp), 200 kN

Maximum allowed speed: 150 km/h (93 mph)  
Electrical systems: 
AC 15kV 16,7 Hz
Usage: Swedish museum use


  Detailed information on Ra locomotives... 
TGOJ class Ma number 401 in summers heat in Sweden Class Ma
Class Ma has recently been retired, even the last of it, but you might see these colorful ex. TGOJ unit running or parked for third hand operators and museums now.

Units: sold away or scrapped    
Unit numbers: 4 (41 were built)
Power: 3960 kW (5310 Hp), 375 kN
Maximum allowed speed: 100 km/h (62 mph)  
Electrical systems: 
AC 15kV 16,7 Hz
Usage: Swedish freight


  Detailed information on class Ma and units... 
   


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Green Cargo class Rd2 number 1069 in Alvesta, Sweden
Picture above: The Green Cargo Class Rd2 locomotive was seen here on the test drives in 2010 before delivery to their user. The class Rc2 rebuilding took Bombardier by surprise, as the Rc2 locomotives were different inside within type, which added costs for refurbishing the series. Picture by Ilkka Siissalo.

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CargoNet

CargoNet class CE119 number 004 in Hallsberg, Sweden  

CargoNet class 119 with intermodal at Rombak near Narvik, Norway
  CargoNet class 119 TRAXX2 locomotive is seen here coming out a the tunnel at Rombak, Norway 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 intermodal 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 Transportation
-> Owner: Alpha Trains NV/SA
-> Users: CargoNet
-> Seen: Norway and Sweden
-> Class: Norwegian classification CE 119 (some sources say El19)
-> Usage: medium freight locomotive
-> Production dates: the CargoNet units arrived in 2008, this is a current production model
-> Numbers built: 18
-> Numbers in use: 18 (2 hired to HectorRail and then others)
-> Road numbers: 001 - 018

-> Energy Source: 15 kV 16,7Hz overhead electric
-> Power output: 5600 kW (7510 Hp)
-> Track motors: BT 1061064251, AC motors, one per 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: 18,9 m (62' 3⁄32")
-> Height: 3,85 m (12' 7 37⁄64")
-> Width: 2,97 m
(9' 8 59⁄64")

-> Weight: 84 metric tons (185'200 lbs)
-> Max. axle weight 21 tons (46'300 lbs)

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 freights

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, Norway 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 to 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
  and 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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DB Schenker Scandinavia (DB & Green Cargo joint venture)

  Class 185.2 of DB Schenker Scandinavia (Bombardier Transportation TRAXX F140 AC2)    

DB SChenker Scandinavia class 185 number 322 in Odense, Denmark
DB Schenker Scandinavia fleet class 185.2 number 326 at Ringstedt, Denmark
DB Schenker class 185.2 TRAXX loco behind the EG loco, Ringstedt, Denmark

"A standard issue" for this route as well the DB Schenker Scandinavia class 185.2 locomotives are handling about 50% of the joint venture company's traffic between Sweden and Germany through Denmark. TRAXX locomotives have a built in ability to handle both Swedish and German 15 kV 16,7 Hz and Danish more modern 25 kV 50 Hz electricity, so all that was needed were the packages for train control systems for these three countries. The TRAXX pulled trains maximum length on this international line is 836 meters, clearly over the low figure for many European countries. For the future there is clear will to have even longer trains running, this necessitating double locomotives at the front or distributed power because of the obsolete couplers and side buffers used in Europe.

Part of the locomotive fleet is owned by Deutsche Bahn of Germany and part by Green Cargo of Sweden. Easiest identification is the silver color under the cab side windows for DBS used locos.

Technical details for Schenker Scandinavia class class 185.2
-> Type: TRAXX 2 , TRAXX F140 AC2
-> Builder: Bombardier transportation  
-> Operator: Green Cargo (49%) and DB (51%) through DB Schenker Scandinavia
-> Usage: general purpose freight locomotive 

-> Production dates: 2010, current production model 
-> Numbers built for the operator: 17 for this use
-> Road numbers: 185 321 - 185 406
-> UIC numbers: 91 86 0185 XXX - x >
   
-> Seen: International freight between Sweden and Germany
-> Energy Source: overhead electricity, 25 kV 50 Hz and 15kV 16,66 Hz AC
-> Power output: 5600 kW (7614 Hp), 4 x 1400 KW
-> Track motors: BT 1061064251, AC motors, one per bogie  
-> Tractive Effort: 300 kN (67'450 lbs)
-> Brakes: Disc brakes, electric brakes
-> Braking on traction motors (regenerative braking): yes  

-> Gauge: 1435 mm (4'8"1/2)
-> Wheel arrangement: Bo'Bo'   
-> Wheel diameter: 1250 mm
-> Maximum operational speed: 140 km/h (87 mph) 
   
-> Length: 18,90 m (62' 3⁄32")
-> Height: 3,85 m (12' 7 37⁄64") 
-> Width: 2,97 m  (9' 8 59⁄64")

-> Weight: 84 metric tons (185,200 lbs)
-> Max. axel weight: 21,25 metric tons (47'400 lbs)  
   
-> Train control systems: ATC for Sweden, German PZB and LZB, Danish ATC
-> Multiple operations capacity with: HR 241, c185, Re, El19 (all TRAXX2 locos)
-> Couplers: Hook and chain    
     
-> Specials:


Easy Recognition
-- All locos wear the DB standard livery with "silver cheeked" add ons at the ends.
-- You can find these only in these three countries (Sweden, Denmark,
Germany). In Germany the locos can sometimes wonder around a little with loads, so they've been spotted in various locations outside their territory.


  The DB Schenker class 185 number 322 unit is rolling by Odense station in Denmark. In the tow is a pretty sizable intermodal train from Germany on its way to Sweden. Picture by John McKey.

  The DB Schenker class 185 number 326 is seen here stopped at Ringsted outside Copenhagen with a container train on its way to Germany. Picture by Ilkka Siissalo.

  Which is which? TRAXX F140 AC2 and EG locomotives look quite alike with the first look. Once you start looking the differences show. To get started with look at the lower half of the sloping hood to spot the engine in the above picture. Picture by Ilkka Siissalo.

   

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  Class EG of Schenker Scandinavia    

EG in Denmark
Red EG3110 in Ringstedt, Denmark
Red EG3110 in Ringstedt, Denmark

The class EG was very modern and powerful at the time when it was initially delivered for the new tunnel heavy freight trains between Sweden and Denmark. The units were painted originally with a lively blue-yellowish livery seen on the left. Most locos now wear a reddish livery almost matching what is standard for the German DB. Only silver sides on the ends are the main difference. And of course 6 axles under locomotive on this route is not standard by any means.

Although the tendency in Europe seems to be towards 4 axle locomotives, this loco was provided with 6 axles, because it was feared that the heavy freight trains might otherwise get stuck in the Öresund tunnels, which are quite steep of over 3% grade. Now, after 15 years of experience and developing technology many TRAXX locomotives and Eurosprinters have joined the route without any bigger limitations.

Technical details for Schenker Scandinavia class EG
-> Type: EG
-> Builder: Siemens Transportation
-> Owner: DB Schenker Rail Scandinavia (ex. Railion, ex. DSB)    
-> Operator: DB Schenker Rail Scandinavia (ex. Railion, ex. DSB)    
-> Usage: freight trains through the tunnel between Sweden and Denmark

-> Production dates: 1999 - 2000  
-> Numbers built: 13
-> Unit numbers: 3101 - 3113

-> Seen: Southern Sweden, Denmark and Northern Germany
-> Energy Source: overhead electricity, 15kV 16,66 Hz AC
-> Power output: 6500 kW ( Hp) 
-> Track motors: asynchronous
-> Tractive Effort: 400 kN
-> Braking on traction motors (dynamic braking): available, effect unknown

-> Wheel arrangement: Co'Co'   
-> Wheel diameter: 1250 mm as new
-> Maximum operational speed: 140 km/h (87 mph) 

-> Length: 20,95 m 
-> Width: m
-> Height: m (to lowered pantograph)
-> Weight: 132 metric tons
-> Max. axel weight: metric tons  

-> Train control systems:  
-> Multiple operations capacity with:
-> Couplers: screw type    

-> Specials:

   The class EG was created for the traffic in tunnel between Sweden and Denmark. For added traction units have 6 axles instead of the usual 4. Today, after 15 years of product development, Siemens Mobility can provide the same traction with only four axles. Picture by Ilkka Siissalo.

   EG locomotives started receiving the standard DB Schenker Scandinavia livery in 2010. Notice the silver sides at ends, the most visible difference from the other DB fleet. Part of the fleet is owned by Green Cargo, so they probably don't wish their locos painted standard DB colors. Picture by Ilkka Siissalo.

  and    The EG number 3110 still stopped at the crew change point at Ringsted in Copenhagen, Denmark. Occasionally you can see many locomotives here at one time, other times just long rakes of freight cars loaded with various consumer goods. Picture by Ilkka Siissalo.


Red EG3110 in Ringstedt, Denmark  

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Green Cargo

  Class Re of Green Cargo (Bombardier TRAXX F140 AC2)

Green Cargo Re Traxx locomotives 1424 and 1427 are hauling a steel slab train near Boden, Sweden
Green Cargo Re Traxx locomotives in Luleå, Sweden
Green Cargo Re Traxx locomotives in Luleå, Sweden
Green Cargo Re Traxx locomotives 1424 and 1427 are starting a steel slab train at Boden, Sweden

Class Re of the Green Cargo has been moved to southern parts of Sweden after it was finally admitted that the TRAXX F140 AC2 locomotives could not handle the extremely slippery conditions in the north without excessive wheel wear. Initially this class of locos were used mostly for the most demanding heavy transportation in the Sweden's north hauling steel trains as double units. In the pictures these doubled units are still seen at Luleå locomotive works for Green Cargo, where all the locos were serviced after their daily operations.

The beginning of the use for these TRAXX F140 AC2 locomotives was especially hard. First the software of the locomotives could not handle multiple running with heavy steel trains, this despite the history of TRAXX locos dating back to 2004! Next winter in 2011 the anti slipping controls of the locos now in traffic were found far from adequate and the operator had to demand a solution to fix this problem. Finally it was found out that the slipping control of the old ASEA built and Bombardier refurbished Rd2 locomotives works well enough with the TRAXX locos too. As you can expect, the operator Green Cargo was not happy with the Bombardier performance on solving the issues. It is quite possible that no more TRAXX F140 AC2 locos to green Cargo will follow as the Bombardier is rebuilding a large numbers of Rc2 locos to Rd2, some even maybe converted from Rc3 (of SJ). This will enable the locomotives to evolve a few years and offer Green Cargo to buy a great and tried solution for its use.

In the summer of 2013 all class Re TRAXX locos were stored and for sale. However, business being slow these locos have now been taken back into use in the southern end of Sweden. Maybe adding weight to these locos (if TRAXX can handle that) would help a bit with the most severe slipping problems?

Technical details for Green Cargo class Re
-> Type: TRAXX 2 , TRAXX F140 AC2
-> Builder: Bombardier  
-> Owner: Green Cargo
-> Operator: Green Cargo  
-> Usage: general purpose freight locomotive 

-> Production dates: 2010, current production model 
-> Numbers built for the operator: 16  
-> Road numbers: 1423 - 1438
-> UIC numbers: 91 74 000 1423 - x > 1438 - x
   
-> Seen: general freight in the southern parts of Sweden. Earlier heavy steel slab trains and other freight for the operator GC
-> Energy Source: electricity, 25 kV 50 Hz and 15kV 16,66 Hz AC
-> Power output: 5600 kW (7614 Hp), 4 x 1400 KW
-> Track motors: BT 1061064251 
-> Tractive Effort: 300 kN (67'450 lbf)
-> Brakes: Disc brakes, electric brakes
-> Braking on traction motors (regenerative braking): available  

-> Gauge: 1435 mm (4'8"1/2)
-> Wheel arrangement: Bo'Bo'   
-> Wheel diameter: 1250 mm
-> Maximum operational speed: 140 km/h (87 mph) 
   
-> Length: 18,90 m (62' 3⁄32")
-> Width: 2,97 m 
-> Height: 3,85 m  
-> Weight: 84 metric tons (185,200 lbs)
-> Axle weight: 21,25 metric tons  
   
-> Train control systems: ATC for Sweden
-> Multiple operations capacity with: 241, RCS 185, Re, El19 (all TRAXX locos)
-> Couplers: Hook and chain    
     
-> Specials:
      - All locos wear the latest Burlington Northern inspired colors

    The Green Cargo Re locos 1424 and 1427 are seen running a steel slab train outside Boden in Northern Sweden. The train is here on the way from iron works at Luleå to iron products refinery in Borlänge in the middle of the country. When arriving to Boden station (on Malmbana) the locomotives must next run around their train to continue South. Picture by Hannu Peltola.

   Many class Res have always been parked outside the Luleå locomotive works. Here the Green Cargo units 1426 and 1436 are waiting for new assignments for a change in quite summer like weather. Picture by John McKey.

  The modern loco connection between class Res is a lot thinner and less formidable than on those between Rcs were are used to see. This is a typical configuration how the locos were run on steel slab traffic. Picture by John McKey.

  Here another steel slab train has just left Boden and curving to the first hundred meters of the mainline leading south. Picture by Hannu Peltola.

   Another parked pair, the 1426 and 1423 show well their ice picks in front of the pantographs on the roof. These help to save the pantographs from falling icicles in the tunnel portals. Picture by John McKey.

  One year earlier the ice pick is not yet there, so was an addition in 20111-2012. The unit is Re 1436. Picture by John McKey.



Green Cargo TRAXXion at Luleå, Sweden Green Cargo Re Traxx locomotive number 1436 at Luleå, Sweden

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  Class Rd2 of Green Cargo
Green cargo Rd2 unit 1094 atLund, sweden

The most interesting refurbishing project for Green Cargo was the modernizing of the old and often tired Rc2 locomotives to class Rd2. Bombardier built these practically creating a renewed fleet for Green Cargo's use. This motive power maybe missing the latest technology, but it still comes at the fraction of the cost of the new locomotives.

The Rd2 locomotives project was a great success and the personnel of Green cargo was said to be very pleased with their refurbished machines. Now the Rd2 locomotives can now be seen all over the Swedish network. Look for the huge "green cargo" texts on sides for easier recognition. Then when the unit comes closer the air conditioning boxes sitting atop of the cabs are a quite good recognition feature.

Technical details for Green Cargo class Rd2
Type: multipurpose electric locomotive  
Classification: Rd2 (Rebuilt from Rc2)      
Builder: ASEA AB, refurbished by Bombardier    
Production dates:
-- original units were manufactured in 1969 - 1975
-- refurbishing 2010 - 2013 ->  
Numbers rebuilt built: 52
Road numbers:
in the range of 1028 - 1133

Users: Green Cargo  
Seen: Sweden and Norway

Energy Source: electricity, 15kV 16,66 Hz AC  
Engine: ASEA LJH 108   
Power output: 3600 kW (4x900kw) (4895 Hp) 
Tractive Effort: 250 kN (56'200 lbf) starting
Braking effort on traction motors (dynamic braking): not available
Multiple unit operations: within class, Rc4, Rc2, Rm
Wheel arrangement: Bo'Bo'   
Wheel diameter: 1300 mm (as new)

Maximum operational speed: 135 km/h (84 mph)  

Length: 15,5 m 

Weight: 78 metric tons (172'000 lbs) 

Axle weight: 19,5 t

Notes:

Recognition
-> New Green Cargo livery with large "green cargo" texts on sides.
-> On top of the ends of the loco are well visible air conditioning units.
-> Top headlight has 4 lamps (the older units have 3 or the ex. Austrian units only one or two).


    Green Cargo Rd2 number 1094 seen in Lund, Sweden with a mixed road freight. Picture by Gerry Putz.

   The Green Cargo Rd2 number 1069 was one of the first locomotives to be rebuilt from Rc2 to Rd2. Here the unit is seen on the early tests with a Green Cargo's coach. Notice the extra cabling between the coach and the locomotive. Picture by Ilkka Siissalo.

  Green Cargo Rd2 number 1077 has just finished post drive checks at Hallsberg and is ready to be stabled awaiting the soon to come next assignment. Paint sceheme of the production unit has red line on the left cab sides in addition to scheme on the prototype rebuilds. Picture by John McKey.

   Green Cargo Rd2 number 1092 at Gävle depot waiting for the next assignments. Picture by John McKey.

  The cables coming out of the cab of the early rebuilt Green Cargo Rd2 number 1088 reveal the test drive. The unit is seen here at Alvesta, Sweden. Picture by Ilkka Siissalo.


Green Cargo class Rd2 number 1069 in Alvesta, Sweden


Green Cargo class Rd2 number 1077 in Hallsberg, Sweden

 

Green Cargo class Rd2 number 1092 in Gävle, Sweden

Green Cargo class Rd2 number 1088 in Alvesta, Sweden

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  Class Rc4 of Green Cargo
 


Green Cargo Rc4 numbers 1187 and 1268 in Kiruna with intermodal, Sweden

The class Rc4 is most numerous of both within Rc class and of all Swedish locomotive types. Almost any freight train you see has one or two of these as a pulling power. Occasionally there can also be even three units on the northern steel slab trains and iron ore trains on Malmbana.

Most of the Rc4 units have already received one of the Green Cargo green-black-white liveries. Exceptionally there are several different styles of this green livery. A number of Rc4 units also still wear the older bluish scheme with a green patch. Unit 1290 is a special vintage unit wearing the old (and original) orange scheme.

A handful of the Rc4 units have been built to Rc4P units, enabling them to run 160 km/h (99 mph) for the mail trains. These are quite hard to spot but there will be a picture here of it in a short while.

The operator has been discussing the possibility of the units receiving conditional refurbishing after Bombardier has finished rebuilding the class Rc2 to Rd2. This would significantly lengthen life spans of these reliable and easy to maintain work horses. However, giving the current nongrowing business environment (because of the European recession) for Green Cargo this rebuilding may still take years.

Technical details for Green Cargo class Rc4 / Rc4P
-> Type: Rc4 / Rc4P     
-> Usage: multipurpose electric locomotive  
-> Builder: ASEA AB in Sweden   
-> Production dates:  1975 - 1982
-> Numbers built: 130
-> Road numbers: in the range 1137 - 1322


-> Users: Green Cargo  
-> Seen: Sweden and Norway

-> Energy Source: electricity, 15kV 16,66 Hz AC  
-> Traction motors: ASEA LJH 108   
-> Power output: 3600 kW (4x900kw) (4895 Hp)    
-> Tractive Effort: 290 kN (65'000 lb) starting power 
-> Braking effort on traction motors (dynamic braking): not available

-> Multiple unit operations: up to 3 Rc units
-> Wheel arrangement: Bo'Bo'   
-> Wheel diameter: 1300 mm (as new)

-> Maximum operational speed:
-- Rc4: 135 km/h (84 mph)  
-- Rc4P: 160 km/h (99 mph)  

-> Length: 15,5 m 
-> Width: 3,2 m
-> Height: 4,5 m


Weight: 89 metric tons (196'200 lbs) 

Notes:
-- Unit 1322, along with several others, is upgraded for use in postal trains with highest speed of 160 km/h (100 mph).

    Green Cargo Rc4s 1187 and 1268 have stopped for a crew change point at Kiruna old station in 2011. The train was on its way from Oslo to Narvik, arriving there in two to three hours just before midnight. This late night intermodal train is currently operated by Norwegian CargoNet, who uses its leased TRAXX F140 AC2 locomotives to power the train the whole route. Picture by John McKey.

   The Green Cargo Rc4 number 1308 is pulling Stora Enso oversized container train past Hallsberg in the middle Sweden. Picture by Gerry Putz.

   A great panning picture of a Green Cargo Rc4 number 1143 in Åsa, Sweden! Picture by Nick Slocombe.

Greean Cargo Rc4 number 1308 with a container train in Hallsberg, Sweden
SJ class Rc4 number 1143 pulling a freight train in Åsa, Sweden


   

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  Class Rc2 of Green Cargo

Green Cargo Rc2 number 1129 in Valtorp, Sweden

SJ class Rc2 number 1129 in Varberg Sweden with autotrain


All the original SJ class Rc2 locomotives were assigned to Green Cargo when the SJ was split to passenger and freight sections. Class Rc2 of Green Cargo is used for general freights along their sister locomotives Rc4/Rc4P and Rd2. This type is now rare because so many rebuilds to Rd2 have taken place.

52 Rc2 units were upgraded to Rd2, so only a handful of the units remain for Green Cargo now. Class Rd2 rebuilding was done by Bombardier in Denmark.

Technical details for Green Cargo class Rc2
-> Type: medium multipurpose electric locomotive, now freight use 
-> Class: Swedish Rc2 classification      
-> Builder: ASEA AB    
-> Production dates:  1969 - 1975
-> Numbers built: 100 (since -23, -52 leaving 25 units to roster)
-> Road numbers: in the range 1028 - 1133, 23 locos of the batch were rebuilt to Rc3s in the 1990s
, 52 of the same series are now Rd2s.

-> Users: Green Cargo  
-> Seen: Sweden, Norway

-> Energy Source: electricity, 15kV 16,66 Hz AC  
-> Engine: ASEA LJH 108   
-> Power output: 3600 kW (4x900kw) (4895 Hp)   
-> Tractive Effort: 275 kN (61'800 lbf) starting power 
-> Braking effort on traction motors (dynamic braking): not available
-> Multiple unit operations: up to 3 Rc/Rd/Rm units

-> Gauge: 1435 mm (normal gauge)
-> Wheel arrangement: Bo'Bo'   
-> Wheel diameter: 1300 mm (as new)

-> Maximum operational speed:
-- 135 km/h (84 mph)  
-- (160 km/h (100 mph) for the units that were converted to Rc3s)

-> Length: 15,5 m
-> Width: 3,2 m
-> Height: 4,5 m  

-> Weight: 77 metric tons (170'000 lbs) 
-> Axle weight 19,5 t

Notes:
-- 52 units were upgraded / rebuilt to class Rd2 in 2010 - 2013

Green Cargo Rc2 in Tomteboda, Stockholm, Sweden     Green Cargo Rc2 number 1129 with an intermodal climbs the hill in Valtorp, Sweden. Picture by Nick Slocombe.

   Green Cargo Rc4 number 1129 is seen this time on the point of the manifest freight in Varberg, Sweden. Picture by Nick Slocombe.

  Unit 1087 of the small Rc2 fleet seen on the yard of Tomteboda sorting center. This is the older Green paint scheme for Green Cargo, easily recognizable by the red stripe at the other end of the locomotive side. Picture by Hannu Peltola.

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 Rc1 of Green Cargo
Green Cargo Rc1 number 1018 in Kiruna, Sweden

Green Cargo operated Rc1s were the first production batch of Rc locomotives. Now these are slowly being retired from the active service with the European recession helping this progress. Still you might be able to spot some of them mainly parked at the larger stations or next to loco works.

The easiest way to spot this type is by the larger than normal upper side grilles. Otherwise it is quite normal shaped Rc locomotive of Sweden.

Technical details for Green Cargo class Rc1
Type: multipurpose electric locomotive  
Classification: Swedish class Rc1      
Builder: ASEA AB    
Production dates:  1967 - 1968
Numbers built: 20
Road numbers: in the range 1007 - 1026


Users: Green Cargo  
Seen: Sweden (rare)

Energy Source: electricity, 15kV 16,66 Hz AC  
Engine: ASEA LJH 108   
Power output: 3600 kW (4x900kw) (4895 Hp) 
Tractive Effort: 275 kN (61'840 lbf) start
Braking effort on traction motors (dynamic braking): not available
Multiple unit operations: with other Rcs
Wheel arrangement: Bo'Bo'   
Wheel diameter: 1300 mm (as new)

Maximum operational speed: 135 km/h (84 mph)  

Length: 15,5 m 
-> Width: 3,2 m
-> Height: 4,5 m  

Weight: 80 metric tons (176'400 lbs) 

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Green Cargo Rc1 number 1026 in Hallsberg, Sweden

 

    A rare Rc type, the Rc1 1018 was seen in 2009 in Kiruna, Northern Sweden waiting for the next assignment of the morning shift. It had brought several freight cars of raw materials to the use of Kiruna mine a few hours earlier. It was now turn for the T44 switcher at the location to handle the last kilometer / mile of the transportation for the freight cars. Picture by Ilkka Siissalo.

   Rc1 number 1026 was one of the last locos surviving in use. Here the unit is seen at the parking lot of the locos coming in from assignements to be serviced at the end of the day. Many parts of the machinery are checked, fluids and sand filled. Picture by John McKey.

   
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HectorRail

  Class 441 of HectorRail (Eurosprinter ES64F4)
Hector Rail class 441 Eurosprinter in Valtorp, Sweden
Hector Rail class 441 Eurosprinter in Halsberg, Sweden
Hector Rail class 441 Eurosprinter in Halsberg, Sweden
SBB Cargo TRAXX and Eurosprinter ES64F4 in Chiasso, Switzerland

ES64F4 is one of the most powerful and ruggedly built modern European electric locomotives. Many hundred units are today in use all around the continent's western parts. One reason is the 4 electricity systems that the locomotive sports, giving this loco access to most of the electrified networks (train control systems allowing). Another is the excellent durability and modularity offered.

HectorRail became one of the second hand owner of the type with 2 units for its (very) active use. These are today used on the main routes for the operator. A good location to try to spot these might be Hallsberg junction in the middle Sweden. However, please remeber there are just 2 of these!

The locomotives were originally part of the Swiss SBB fleet as class 474. SBB had made a conditional agreement with Siemens, that homologation for use in Italy should be achieved within certain time. There was an order for 12 locos plus 6 options. Because Siemens was confident that they could get the homologation in time (not realizing how difficult certification of rolling stock in Italy can be), they built the 6 extra locomotives. As Siemens could not meet the deadline, they ended up having 6 extra locos, 2 of which were sold to use at HectorRail.

Technical details for Hector class 441 (ES64F4)
(4 power systems, 4 powered axles, 1 first type)   
-> Type: Eurosprinter ES64F4 
-> Builder: Siemens AG   
-> Operator: HectorRail  
-> Usage: general purpose medium-heavy freight locomotive 

-> Production dates: these units in 2005, production model 2003 - 2012 
-> Numbers built for the operator: 2  

-> Seen:
-- currently Swedish national and international rail freight  
-- earlier also some Veolia passenger trains in Sweden
-> Energy Source: overhead electricity, 25 kV 50 Hz, 15kV 16,67 Hz AC, 
1500 V DC, 3000 V DC 
-> Power output:
-- 15 kV and 25 kV: 6400 kW (8700 Hp), 4 x 1600 KW
-- 3000 V: 6000 kW (8050 Hp)
-- 1500 V: 4200 kW (5630 Hp)
-> Track motors: 2KF2822 
-> Tractive Effort: 300 kN  (67'445 lbf)
-> Braking effort on traction motors (dynamic braking):
max. 150 kN (33720 lbf)    

-> Wheel arrangement: Bo'Bo'   
-> Wheel diameter: 1250 mm
-> Maximum operational speed: 140 km/h (87 mph) 

-> Length: 19,58 m 
-> Weight: 87 metric tons (191'800 lbs)
-> Axle weight: 21,75 metric tons  

-> Train control systems: for Sweden, Denmark and Germany
-> Multiple operations capacity with: 
-> Couplers: Hook and chain, heavy center coupler could be used    

-> Specials: The locomotives are named after famous movie characters: 
441.001 - Cyborg, 
241.002 - Croft 

-> Other info:
- the locomotives were originally manufactured to SBB in Switzerland as
Swiss class 474 but returned to Siemens  and further sold to Sweden.



     An intermodal freight train headed by HectorRail powerful class 441 number 001 "Cyborg" is climbing with speed the hill in Valtorp, Sweden. Cyborg is one of the two ES64F4 Eurosprinter locomotives built for the operator. Hector rail is very happy with the Eurosprinters' performance and their compatibility on hauling international freights.

This type of Eurosprinter has extremely strong structures and it could be retrofitted with a center coupler. Actually you can seen the place for this in the pictures. Picture by Nick Slocombe.

    and   The same ES64F4 unit (Eurosprinter 6500 kW 4 power system loco) is seen here in Hallsberg with finished factory mass product freight. Hallsberg is located about 2 hours drive from Stockholm. It is a large junction for several rail lines and also serves as a major hub for HectorRail locomotive operations. Pictures by Gerry Putz.

  On left a TRAXX locomotive with 474.012, a sister locomotive of the HectorRail two 441 locos, which probably still wear blue and red paint under their handsome gray and red livery. Picture by Peider SwissTrip.

/// HectorRail class 441 number 001 in Gävle, Sweden

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  Class 242 of HectorRail (ES64U2 "Taurus" of Siemens)   

HectorRail ES64U2 Taurus number 531, Stockholm, Sweden
HectorRail ES64U2 Taurus number 531, Stockholm, Sweden
HectorRail ES64U2 Taurus number 531, Stockholm, Sweden
HectorRail ES64U2 Taurus number 531, Stockholm, Sweden

The latest newcomer to HectorRail fleet is 5 Taurus ES64U2 locomotives. Two of these are used for international traffic, 3 exclusively to help on the capacity in Germany. Danish train control is a problem with Tauruses, with some interference occurring even though the locomotives have no difficulty operating in a number of European countries. For HectorRail however, Denmark would be a gateway to continental Europe from Sweden.

In the picture the unit 242.531 of German class 182 has just arrived to Stockholm's central with a long rake of Veolia passenger cars arriving from Malmö in the southwest. Next the powerful loco will take coaches for cleaning and maintenance to Hagalund just north of Solna, Stockholm.

Picture by John McKey.

Technical details for Hector class 242 (Eurosprinter ES64U2)
     (2 power systems, 4 powered axles, 2 second of the type)   
-> Type:
-> Builder: Siemens AG 
-> Operator: HectorRail  
-> Usage: general purpose freight and passenger locomotive 

-> Production dates:
-> Numbers built for the operator: 5  

-> Seen: Veolia passenger trains between the larger cities of Sweden and
Swedish national and international rail freight  
-> Energy Source: electricity, 25 kV 50 Hz and 15kV 16,66 Hz AC
-> Power output:
-> Track motors:
-> Tractive Effort:
-> Braking effort on traction motors (dynamic braking): not known  

-> Wheel arrangement: Bo'Bo'   
-> Wheel diameter: mm
-> Maximum operational speed: 230 km/h ( mph) 

-> Length: m 
-> Weight: metric tons (,000 lb)
-> Max. axel weight: metric tons  

-> Train control systems: for Sweden, Denmark and Germany
-> Multiple operations capacity within the class:
-> Couplers: Hook and chain    

-> Specials: The locomotives are named : 
-- 242.531 - La Motta 



    Above left a Taurus Hector class 242.531 locomotive has just arrived to Stockholm Main station from Malmö in southern Sweden and the crew change is in process. The next crew will take the loco to Hagalund servicing area, a few kilometers north of the station.

Pictures by John McKey.

   The next picture shows the Hector ES64U2 Taurus just entering the station area with 8 units of Veolia coaching from southwest over the bridge. The Stockholm area has a great number of large bridges to connect its hundreds of islands and generally hilly country.

  On the left the side profile and the bogie of the class 242 unit 521. The bogie under the locomotive looks exceptionally large, as you can imagine of this high speed universal locomotive.

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  Class 241 of HectorRail (TRAXX F140 AC2)   

Hector Rail Traxx in Solna

  So far the only HectorRail TRAXX picture...it seems like these machines are playing hide and seek with our picture taking crews. It is always some other of the 10 or so locomotive types that appear in front of the train or can be found parked for next duty. Picture from Hagalund, Stockholm by John McKey.

One of the still a limited number newer locomotives on the Swedish tracks is this HectorRail TRAXX 2 locomotive, which is used occasionally to pull passenger trains between Stockholm and the two other larger cities in Sweden: Malmö and Gothenburg. HectorRail also operates European goods transportation for Sweden and abroad. There the TRAXXes are more than at home and see several hundred TRAXXes of other operators on the way.

The TRAXX type is now also used in Sweden by SJ Green Cargo as their class Re, DB Schenker as German class 185.2 and Norwegian class El19. 

Picture by John McKey, Hagalund, Stockholm.


Technical details for Hector class 241 (TRAXX F140 AC2)
     (2 power systems, 4 powered axles, 1 first of the type)   
-> Type: TRAXX 2 , TRAXX F140 AC2
-> Builder: Bombardier  
-> Operator: HectorRail  
-> Usage: general purpose freight and passenger locomotive 

-> Production dates: 2007 - 2008, current production model 
-> Numbers built for the operator: 10 + 5 in order  

-> Seen: Veolia passenger trains between the larger cities of Sweden and
Swedish national and international rail freight  
-> Energy Source: electricity, 25 kV 50 Hz and 15kV 16,66 Hz AC
-> Power output: 5600 kW (7614 Hp), 4 x 1400 KW
-> Track motors: BT 1061064251 
-> Tractive Effort: 300 kN 
-> Braking effort on traction motors (dynamic braking): not known  

-> Wheel arrangement: Bo'Bo'   
-> Wheel diameter: 1250 mm
-> Maximum operational speed: 140 km/h (87 mph) 

-> Length: 18,90 m 
-> Weight: 84 metric tons (,000 lb)
-> Max. axel weight: 21,25 metric tons  

-> Train control systems: for Sweden, Denmark and Germany
-> Multiple operations capacity with: 241, RCS 185, Re, El19 (all TRAXX locos)
-> Couplers: Hook and chain    

-> Specials: The locomotives are named after famous Star Wars and
James Bond figures: 
241.001 - Kenobi, 
241.002 - Skywalker (locomotive was DB class 185 number 568),
241.003 - Organa, 
241.004 - R2D2, (another robot locomotive?)
241.005 - (Han) Solo,
241.006 - Calrissian,
241.007 - Bond (,James Bond...), 
241.008 - Galore (from Bond)
241.009 - Moneypenny (another Bond figure)  
241.010 - (Master) Yoda (of Star Wars) 

       241.011 - C-3PO 
       241.012 - Chewbacca
       241.013 -
       241.014 -
       241.015 -

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  Class 141 of HectorRail (Ex ÖBB units)   

Hectorrail class 141 numbers 002 in Hallsberg, Sweden
Hectorrail class 141 with Veolia coaches on the bridge, Stockholm, Sweden
Hectorrail class 141 with Veolia coaches on the bridge, Stockholm, Sweden

An interesting 15 kV 16,7 kHz loco in the Hector rail fleet is their class 141. These 3 units were originally built for the ÖBB (the Austrian railways) in Austria as class 1012, were tried but The buyer decided that they were too expensive for the features and never bought more. The ÖBB instead decided to be an almost solely Siemens Taurus (ES64UX) relying company, all the other locomotive classes were left with very little use, whether old or new like in this case. The SGP also later became part of the Siemens AG.

The 3 units arrived in 2007, were painted to HectorRail handsome grayish livery and added ATC train control of Sweden. Rotors that originally functioned poorly were replaced with improved models. Since then the 141s have seen very much use without any problems. The resemblance to its Swiss cousin loco Re460 is obvious.

Technical details for Hector class 141 (ex. ÖBB 1012)
     (1 power systems, 4 powered axles, 1 first of the type)   
-> Type:
-> Builder: Siemens AG, Elin, ABB 
-> Operator: HectorRail  
-> Usage: general purpose freight and passenger locomotive 

-> Production dates: 1996, arrived to Sweden in 2007  
-> Numbers built for the operator: 3 in use for HectorRail  
-> Unit numbers: 141 001 - 141 003
-> UIC numbers: 91 74 6141 001-x > 003

-> Seen: Veolia passenger trains between the larger cities of Sweden and
Swedish national and international rail freight  
-> Energy Source: electricity, 15kV 16,66 Hz AC
-> Power output: 6400 kW (8700 Hp), 4 x 1600 KW
-> Track motors:  
-> Tractive Effort: 280 kN 
-> Braking effort on traction motors (dynamic braking): not known  

-> Wheel arrangement: Bo'Bo'   
-> Wheel diameter: mm
-> Maximum operational speed: 160 km/h (100 mph), but built for 230 km/h  

-> Length: 19,30 m 
-> Weight: 82,6 metric tons (,000 lb)
-> Max. axel weight: 20,6 metric tons  

-> Train control systems: for Sweden
-> Multiple operations capacity with: 141
-> Couplers: Hook and chain    

-> Specials: The locomotives are named after famous pop and movie figures according to the Hector rail custom: 
141.001 - Ripley, 
141.002 - Kiddo,
141.003 - Starling 

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  Class 142 of HectorRail (Ex. ÖBB Austrian Class 1142)   

Hectorrail class 142 numbers 104 and 106 at Hallsberg, Sweden
Numbers 142.104 (Kane) and 142.106 (Stark) lead an empty lumber train past Hallsberg yards in the middle Sweden. Picture by Gerry Putz.
Hectorrail class 142 numbers 104 and 106 at Hallsberg, Sweden
Hectorrail class 142 numbers 104 and 106 at Hallsberg, Sweden

Sometimes even the older locomotives can successfully be recycled to new heavy production use. ÖBB of Austria had a big surplus of the incoming Siemens Taurus locomotives which lead to selling out practically all the other electric locomotives. Among other types the Hector rail of Sweden was able to buy 14 of these ex. ÖBB 1142 class work horses. While the technology is no more from the sharpest edge, the locos are well at home hauling trains for the Swedish mighty wood processing industry. While other newer Hector classes handle door to door traffic from Sweden to Central European customers, these locos are confined to the Swedish area. There is a word out that even some more of these locos from central Europe might end up to Hector rail in Sweden. Some are used for spare locomotives, in case any of the always in use newer locomotives should fail or be due to periodic service visit to loco works.

Technical details for Hector class 142 (ex. ÖBB 1142, earlier 1042)
     (1 power system, 4 powered axles, 2nd of the type)   
-> Type/Class: Ex. Austrian ÖBB 1142 (1042 before rebuilding)
-> Builder: SGP, Simmering-Graz-Pauker AG      
-> Operator: HectorRail  
-> Usage: general purpose freight locomotive 

-> Production dates: 1969 - 1977 as ÖBB 1042, rebuilt 1999 - 2008 and 
received multiple operations capability and reclassified as 1142.
      Hector Rail acquired the locos from 2005 onwards.
-> Numbers in use by the operator: 14 (1 more arriving later) 

-> Seen: Swedish wood processing supply chain trains inside Sweden  
-> Energy Source: electricity, 15kV 16,66 Hz AC
-> Power output: 4000 kW (5438 Hp), 4 x 1000 KW
-> Track motors: BES EM1001  
-> Tractive Effort: 225 kN (start) 
-> Braking effort on traction motors (dynamic braking): not available 
-> Braking effort max: 110 kN  

-> Gauge: 1435 mm (4' 8,5")
-> Wheel arrangement: Bo'Bo'   
-> Wheel diameter: 1250 mm
-> Maximum operational speed: 150 km/h (93 mph) 

-> Length: 16,2 m 
-> Weight: 83,5 metric tons
-> Max. axel weight: 21 metric tons  

-> Train control systems: ATC for Sweden, unit numbered 142.1xx have a radio
control built in and the ones with 142.2xx also an experimental ECTS
-> Multiple operations capacity with: within 142 class  
-> Couplers: Hook and chain    

-> Specials: The locomotives are named according to Hector Rail "standard"
(terms and characters from famous movies): 
142.001 - Martins, ex. ÖBB 1142 number 661, bought in 2005
142.002 - Calloway, ex. ÖBB 1142 645, bought 2005
142.003 - Schmidt, , bought 2005
142.104 - Kane, , bought 2006
142.105 - Rosebud,, bought 2006
142.106 - Stark, , bought 2006
142.107 - Bennell, , bought 2006
142.108 - Butler,  , bought 2006
142.209 - Spade,   
143.210 -

143.211 -
143.212 -
143.213 -
143.214 -

-> There are two types of front running lights for the locomotives, the very large diameters ones and the units with smaller lights with the red light beside it.

 

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  Class 161 of HectorRail (Ex. Malmbana heavy haulers)   

Hectorrail class 161 number 105 at Hallsberg, Sweden
Class 161 provide a powerful traction for Swedish operations of HectorRail. Here seen is a rare picture of a non gray Hector locomotive at Hallsberg. The color on locomotive is one of those used on Malmbana in the north. Picture by Gerry Putz.


Hector class 161 served originally as double on the Malmbana heavy ore train operations in the Swedish and Norwegian north as Norwegian class El15. Today these are replaced by huge IORE locomotives and always locomotive hungry HectorRail took them to satisfy its customers needs for transporting raw materials and finished products for the Europe. The class 161 were also the first locomotives for HectorRail.

While six axle heavy electric locomotive might be more costly operate than its 4 axle cousins, and for some train well overpowered, class 161 still provides valuable extra power for fast growing HectorRail operations.

Technical details for Hector class 161 (ex. NSB/MTAB El15)
     (1 power system, 6 powered axles, 1st of the type)   
-> Type/Class:
-> Builder: Asea AB     
-> Operator: HectorRail  
-> Usage: general purpose freight locomotive 

-> Production dates: 1967
-> Numbers in use by the operator: unknown, 6 were built  

-> Seen: Swedish wood processing supply chain trains inside Sweden  
-> Energy Source: electricity, 15kV 16,66 Hz AC
-> Power output: 5400 kW (7242 Hp), 6 x 900 KW
-> Track motors:  
-> Tractive Effort: kN (start) 
-> Braking effort on traction motors (dynamic braking): not available 

-> Gauge: 1435 mm (4' 8,5")
-> Wheel arrangement: Co'Co'   
-> Wheel diameter: mm
-> Maximum operational speed: 120 km/h (75 mph) 

-> Length: 19,8 m 
-> Weight: 132 metric tons
-> Max. axel weight: metric tons  

-> Train control systems:
-> Multiple operations capacity with: within 161 class  
-> Couplers: Hook and chain    

-> Specials: The locomotives are named according to Swedish customs

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MTAB / LKAB

  Class IORE of Malmtrafik i Kiruna AB    

MTAB IOREs number 127 and 128 at Sävast, Boden, Sweden
LKAB IORE number 124 in Torneträsk, Sweden
LKAB IORE numbers 104 and 109 at the depot in Kiruna, Sweden
LKAB IORE 109 Nose, Kiruna, Sweden
LKAB IOREs 103 and 112 in Kiruna, Sweden

Swedish MTAB now has 26 (18 + 8) of these heavyweight Octeon platform locomotives of Bombardier. In Sweden it's type is simply IORE, synonymous for Iron Ore, which the locomotives haul from the mines to the harbors of Norway and Sweden.


 IORE page A Special Theme Page for the IORE Locomotives...

Technical details for MTAB class IORE
-> Type: IORE, Octeon platform, some magazines quoted this originally as TRAXX H = heavy product line, which is unprecise.
-> Builder: Bombardier transportation, originally Adtranz product development
-> Operator: MTAB (Malmtrafik i Kiruna AB)   
-> Usage: heavy iron transport in the Sweden's north on Malmbanan

-> Production dates:  2000 - 2004, 2010 - 2011 
-> Numbers built: 26 half units, 4 in order for the 2013 - 2014  
the locomotives are run in pairs, so that there is a cab to both directions
      The pairs are random units after the first larger service

-> Seen: LKAB ore transportation in the Sweden's north
-> Energy Source: electricity, 15kV 16,66 Hz AC
-> Power output: 10800 kW for double unit (14684 Hp) 
-> Track motors: BTV asynchronous (BT for Bombardier Transportation) 
-> Tractive Effort: 1200 kN ! 1400 kN in boost mode in case of stalls
-> Braking on traction motors (dynamic braking): available, effect unknown

-> Wheel arrangement: Co'Co-Co'Co'   
-> Wheel diameter: 1250 mm as new
-> Maximum operational speed: 80 km/h (50 mph) 

-> Length: 45,80 m  (2 x 22,9m)
-> Width: 2,95 m
-> Height: 4,46 m (to lowered pantograph)
-> Weight: 360 metric tons
-> Max. axel weight: 30 metric tons  

-> Train control systems: ATCS for Sweden and Norway  
-> Multiple operations capacity with: with type, normally seen in pairs 
-> Couplers: SA3     
-> Train weight: up top 8000 tons / double unit

-> Specials:
The locomotives are named after landmarks in the North: 
101 - (produced year 2000) Polcirceln (Polar circle) 
102 - (2000) Malmberget ("Ore Hill") (mining site at Gällivare)
103 - (2002-2005) Luleå (City in the Sweden north)
104 - Gällivare (One of the mining sites)
105 - Narvik (Norwegian iron ore port city)
106 - Kiruna (The main source of Swedish iron ore)
107 - Svappavaara
108 - Torneträsk
109 - Abisko  
110 - Björkliden
111 - Katterat
112 - Vassijaure
113 - Bergfors
114 - Rautas
115 - Stenbacken
116 - Stordalen
117 - Boden
118 - (2002-2005) Murjek
119 - (2010-2011) Koskullskulle
120 - Kaisepakte
121 - Rombak
122 - Råtsi
123 - Riksgränsen
124 - Kaitum
125 - Sjisjka
126 - (2010-2011) Sandskär

127 - (2013)
128 - (2013)
129 - (2013)
130 - (2013)

131 - (2013-2014)
132 - (2013-2014)
133 - (2014)
134 - (2014)




More
 IORE page "Running with IORE" Article on 4rail.net Visions...
Run along these hugely powerful locomotives as they work their ore trains through the Swedish and Norwegian wilderness! This series has around 20 articles with large pictures of the locomotives, the Malmbana rail line and the scenery. And lots of snow at the end of May...

Pictures on the left
      Topmost MTAB IOREs number 127 and 128 of with a new paint scheme are rounding a curve in Sävast with 53 empty ore hoppers. The newest livery uses brighter and lighter colors than previously has been seen. Very cool looking locomotives indeed!
Picture by John McKey.


     IORE Numbers 124 and 123 at Torneträsk, Sweden. The units are hauling an empty ore train back from Narvik. The grade is steep in places on Malmbanan, like here on the Eastern end of the Torneträsk station, where there is a around 3% going East. Picture by John McKey.


    
IOREs numbers 104 and 109 often change crews at MTAB depot in Kiruna. This time a total of 8 people came out of the locomotives, so it must had been some kind of driver training due to the increased ore demand of the world and new recruiting. Pictures by John McKey.


   Study of the side profile of the locomotive front. Notice the formidable heavy duty bogie!

  MTAB IORE units 103 and 112 with another empty coal train just arriving to Kiruna.

   

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  Class Dm3 of Malmtrafik i Kiruna AB    

MTAB Dm3s 1216 in Abisco, Sweden
MTAB De3 number 1219 in Kiruna Sweden
MTAB Dm3 number 1220-1239-1219 in Kiruna Sweden
MTAB Dm3s 1228-1243-12xx, Luleå, Sweden

Long synonymous for Northern iron ore traffic the Dm3 were the favorite loco for both their personnel and numerous rail enthusiasts. This loco has now been moved away from the regular use, but some units are still in reserve should the occasion arise. These monsters hauled iron ore from the mines of Kiruna in Sweden to ships on the Norwegian coast. With three refurbishing and upgrades their power rose steadily and finally the third middle part was added to many of the Dms, making them Dm3. The triple shafts on the sides of these units are one of a kind design!


 Dm3 page A Special Theme Page for the Dm3 Locomotives...

Technical details for MTAB class Dm3
(3 locomotives connected together)
-> Type: Dm3
-> Builder: ASEA
-> Operator: MTAB (Malmtrafik AB)
-> Usage: heavy iron transport in the Sweden's north

-> Production dates: 1953 - 1971
-> Numbers built: 76 end modules and 19 middle modules
-> Numbers in use: around 14 3 unit locomotives in use

-> Seen: LKAB ore transportation in the Sweden's north
-> Energy Source: electricity, 15kV 16,66 Hz AC
-> Power output: 7200 kW (9790 Hp), 6 x 1200 KW
-> Electric Motors: ASEA KJD 137

-> Transmission: jackshaft (look left)
-> Tractive Effort: 940 kN !
-> Braking effort on traction motors (dynamic braking): na

-> Wheel arrangement: 1'D+D+D'1
-> Wheel diameter: 1540 mm as new
-> Maximum operational speed: 75 km/h (47 mph)

-> Length: 35,25 m
-> Weight: 273 metric tons (,000 lb)
-> Max. axel weight: 20 metric tons

-> Train control systems: for Sweden
-> Multiple operations capacity with: within type
-> Couplers: SA3
-> Train weight: up top 5000 tons / double unit

-> Specials: The locomotives are named after mine shafts
1201-1231-1202 Kunigunda
1205-1235-1206 Sigrid


    MTAB Dm3 number 1216-x-x seen near Abisko hauling ore cars towards Narvik for once in a perfect weather. Picture by Nick Slocombe.

   MTAB Dm3 "Dennewitz" number 1219-x-x parked here at Kiruna arrivals yard during the track maintenance when the axle weight of the Malmbana was raised to 30 tons. Picture by Ilkka Siissalo.

  Here the MTAB Dm3 jackshaft drives are well visible. On Dm3 there are three of these after one another, all going around unsynchronized with each other when the locomotive is moving. Picture by Ilkka Siissalo.

   MTAB Dm3 1228-1243-x waiting for its turn to dash to the Malmbana in Luleå, where these locos were last used. Picture by John McKey.



 

   

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NSB

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

   

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SJ

  Class Rc6 of SJ

SJ Rc6 number 1359 at Uppsala, Sweden
SJ Rc6 number 1340 in Stockholms Central painted blue
SJ Rc6 number 1357 with a passenger train near Valtorp, Sweden

The Rc locomotives manufactured by ASEA are often seen inseparable to Swedish railroading. The last type of these is classified as Rc6. The class Rc6 can be seen on the point and often also trailing the passenger trains of SJ and occasionally some other operators. Very robust, well working and inexpensive to operate these locomotives still excel several decades after their introduction. The simplistic and aerodynamic form of Rc6 still looks quite modern. And, what is most important this is also the motive power of choice for slipping ice of winter, lots of flying snow as well as summers heat.

Mostly used in Sweden, these units can make appearance in Denmark and Norway too. Expect to see the Rc6 around for a long time!

The coloring of the locomotives was originally typical SJ orange tinted. Next came the bluish striped scene. Since, many trials have been tried and the end results are that most are shiny black painted with a few dark blue units existing too.


Technical details for SJ class Rc6
-> Type: Rc6
-> Usage: multipurpose electric locomotive, SJ uses this for passenger services both for long and shorter distances
-> Builder: Asea AB
-> Production dates: 1982 - 1986 for Rc5s converted to Rc6 in 1992 -1995), 1985 - 1988 for original Rc6s, 2 units were also built to Rc7 (maximum speed 180 km/h / 112 mph) in 2001, but were converted back to Rc6 after testing.
-> Numbers built: 60 + 40, road numbers 1323 - 1382, 1383 - 1422 (original Rc6s)

-> Users: SJ, SSRT (Swedish State Railways Trains (train owner))
-> Seen: Sweden, Denmark and Norway

-> Energy Source: electricity, 15kV 16,66 Hz AC
-> Engine: ASEA LJM 450
-> Power output: 3600 kW (4x900kw) (4895 Hp)
-> Transmission:
-> Tractive Effort: 235 kN (53'000 lbf) start
-> Braking effort on traction motors (dynamic braking): not available
-> Wheel arrangement: Bo'Bo'
-> Wheel diameter: 1300 mm

-> Maximum operational speed: 160 km/h (100 mph), 2 of the Rc6s were temporarily equipped for operations for 180 km/h but later returned to Rc6 series.

-> Length: 15,4 m

-> Weight: 78 metric tons (172'000 lbs)

 

 

SJ Rc6 number 1342 arriving to Uppsala with an Intercity train, Uppsala, Sweden SJ class Rc6 number 1343 pulling a passenger train under heavy clouds in Stenstorp, Sweden

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  Class Rc3 of SJ

SJ Rc3 number 1050 at Odensburg, Sweden, a panning picture

SJ Rc3 number 1027 switching in Solna near Stockholm

The class Rc is synonymous to the railroading in Sweden. A multipurpose electric locomotive, these come in several subclasses of different development periods.

Picture above shows one of the rare Rc3s in passenger use and painted to the "SJ black" livery. Picture below was taken from the Stockholm's Hagalund yard with an Rc3 in the switching work (believe or not). Picture above by Nick Slocombe and below by John McKey.

Technical details for SJ class Rc3
Type: Rc3      
Usage: multipurpose electric locomotive  
Builder: Asea AB    
Production dates:  1970 - 1971 (10), rebuilt in 1993 - 2002  (26 locos)
Numbers built: 10, road numbers originally 1057 - 1066
     
Users: Green Cargo, SJ, SSRT   
Seen: Sweden
     
Energy Source: electricity, 15kV 16,66 Hz AC  
Engine: ASEA LJH 108   
Power output: 3600 kW (4x900kw) (4895 Hp) 
Transmission:  
Tractive Effort: 235 kN (starting power) 
Braking effort on traction motors (dynamic braking): ?   
Multiple unit operations: up to 3 Rc units
Wheel arrangement: Bo'Bo'   
Wheel diameter: 1300 mm (as new)
     
Maximum operational speed: 160 km/h (100 mph) also for the units built from Rc2   

Length: 15,5 m 

Weight: 86 metric tons (,000 lb) 

 

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SSRT

  Class Rc6 of SSRT

SSRT Rc6 number 1335 with a regional at Riksgränsen, Sweden
SJ Rc3 number 1027 switching in Solna near Stockholm
SSRT Rc6 number 1335 with a regional at Gällivare, Sweden

Some of the Rc6 units were diverted to be administered by SSRT as the locomotive owner. These units can be found in the Swedish North mainly on Malmbana and seem to be used by who ever wins the contract for the passenger operations on the heavily trafficked but slow line.

The current attractive color scheme of red-white-gray is that of the previous operator Veolia / Connex, who run the trains there for years. The current passenger operator for most traffic on Malmbana is SJ.

Technical details for SJ class Rc6
-> Type: Rc6
-> Usage: multipurpose electric locomotive, SSRT leases this for passenger service
-> Builder: Asea AB
-> Production dates: 1982 - 1986 (for Rc5s converted to Rc6 in 1992 -1995), 1985 - 1988 for Rc6
-> Numbers built: 60 + 40, road numbers 1323 - 1882, 1383 - 1422 (original Rc6s)

-> Users: SJ, SSRT (Swedish State Railways Trains (train owner))
-> Seen: Sweden and Norway

-> Energy Source: electricity, 15kV 16,66 Hz AC
-> Engine: ASEA LJM 450
-> Power output: 3600 kW (4x900kw) (4895 Hp)
-> Transmission:
-> Tractive Effort: 250 kN (starting power)
-> Braking effort on traction motors (dynamic braking): not available
-> Wheel arrangement: Bo'Bo'
-> Wheel diameter: 1300 mm

-> Maximum operational speed: 160 km/h (100 mph), 2 of the Rc6s were temporarily equipped for operations for 180 km/h but later returned to Rc6 series.

-> Length: 15,5 m

-> Weight: 78 metric tons (,000 lb)



 

Veolia Rc6 number 1331 in Abisco Sweden Connex Rc6 number 1333 in Abisco Sweden

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Vintage Electric Locomotives

TGOJ class Ma number 401 in summers heat in Sweden
TGOJ class Ma in Ange, Sweden

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Technical details for Ma
-> Type: multipurpose heavy locomotive (for its building time)
-> Class: Ma
-> Usage: multipurpose electric locomotive, used nowadays almost solely for museum traffic now
-> Seen: Sweden

-> Builder: Asea AB
-> Production dates: 1953 - 1960
-> Numbers built: 41
-> Numbers in use: almost all retired, others in occasional use
-> Owners and users: TGOJ, Railcare, Netrail, Gävle Järnvägsmuseet, ...
-> Road numbers:
- ex. TGOJ: 401 - 409, 826, 828, 831 -833, 874 - 876, 958, 961 - 967
- Railcare: 825, 827


-> Energy Source: overhead electricity, 15kV 16,66 Hz AC
-> Engine: ASEA KJA 88
-> Power output: 3960 kW (6x660kw) (5384 Hp)
-> Transmission:
-> Tractive Effort: 325 kN (starting power)
-> Braking effort on traction motors (dynamic braking): not available
-> Wheel arrangement: Co'Co'
-> Wheel diameter: 1300 mm (as new)

-> Maximum operational speed: 105 km/h (65 mph)

-> Length: 16,8 m

-> Weight: 105 metric tons (,000 lb)
-> Max axle weight: 17,5 tons

-> Train control systems: Sweden
-> Multiple operations capacity with: within class / TGOJ locos
-> Couplers: Hook and chain
-> Other:
- locomotives were modernized in 1970's
- there are several subtypes, see for example windows on the units ab


Recognition
-> Unusually rounded looking shape
-> 6 axles, ancient looking bogie
-> most in TGOJ various green-blue liveries, some in SJ red livery

TGOJ class Ma pulled intermodal passing Floby, Sweden
   

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Skåj Rapic in Solna, Sweden

Once pride of Swedish railway industry the class Ra proved reliable and worthy when hauling express trains.

 
   

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 Other Subjects on Sweden

SL X60 dashing by Hagalund yard in Stockholm, Sweden
Swedish Electric Multiple Units Page describes almost all EMUs found in Sweden. This unit also belongs to Stockholm Area RR Page.

MTAB De3 number 1219 in Kiruna Sweden
Swedish Electric Locomotives Page
brings you majority of the electric locomotives, both old and new.
MTAB De3 number 1219 in Kiruna Sweden
Sweden's Main Page is a great place to start browsing on the Swedish railroading.
GC Td number 361 is switching at the Luleå old harbor, Sweden
Swedish Diesel Locomotives Pageis a huge reference with tens of interesting loco types!


LKAB IORE units 121 and 125 behind the stables, Kiruna, Sweden
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!
MTAB IORE units at Torneträsk in northern Sweden
Malmbana in the Sweden's and Norway's North is a major ore railroad with heaviest equipment in Europe.
SSRT Rc6 number 1335 with a regional at Riksgränsen, Sweden
Like with any busy mainline, also the Malmbana sees a multitude of locomotive models, all equipped for tough winter conditions.
MTAB Dm3 1226-x-x, Luleå, Sweden
King of the road before the advent of the heavy IORE locos the Dm3/Dm locomotives pulled heavy ore trains for decades, some of them upgraded twice enroute!
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