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IORE Locomotives of MTAB

Welcome to the MTAB IORE locomotives roster page! We have collected a picture of almost every loco in the roster and many of these are displayed here. You might also be interested in the Swedish Electric Loco Page, Diesel Loco Page, EMU or DMU pages.

LKAB IORE number 124 in Torneträsk, Sweden
  IORE Units 123 and 124 stop at Torneträsk, Sweden with a huge ore train arriving back from Narvik, Norway. Once the train has colors it's quickly moving on the steep grade towards Kiruna, Sweden. Picture by John McKey.

Technical details of IORE * Technical details of IORE, part 2 * IORE Paint Schemes *

MTAB IORE roster pictures
: 101 * 102 * 103 * 104 * 105 * 106 * 107 * 108 * 109 * 110 * 111 * 112 * 113 * 114 * 115 * 116 * 117 * 118 * 119 * 120 * 121 * 122 * 123 * 124 * 125 * 126 * 127 * 128 * 129 * 130 * 131 * 132 * 133 * 134 *

Video: IOREs starting a train up heavy grade...
LKAB IORE number 124 in Torneträsk, Sweden


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





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 Technical Details for IOREs of MTAB
LKAB IORE number 124 in Torneträsk, Sweden
 
IORE Numbers 124 and 123 at Torneträsk, Sweden. The units are hauling an empty ore train back from Narvik across the border in Norway. The grade is steep in places on Malmbana, like here on the eastern end of the Torneträsk station. Below IORE loco numbers 104 and 109 change crews at MTAB depot in Kiruna. 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 often happening new recruiting. Pictures by John McKey.
LKAB IORE numbers 104 and 109 at the depot in Kiruna, Sweden

LKAB IORE 109 Nose, Kiruna, Sweden
Study of the side profile of the locomotive front. Notice the formidable heavy duty bogie! Below the units 103 and 112 with another empty coal train just arriving to Kiruna. Pictures by John McKey.
LKAB IOREs 103 and 112 in Kiruna, Sweden

Swedish MTAB now has 34 (2 + 16 + 8 + 8) of these heavyweight Octeon platform electric locomotives of AdTranz. Company has now evolved to become Bombardier. In Sweden this locomotive type is simply "IORE", synonymous for Iron Ore, which the locomotives haul from the mines to the harbors of Norway and Sweden. The name is also very fitting to this super heavy champion of the mountains.


Technical details for MTAB class IORE

-> Type
: IORE, Octeon platform, some magazines quoted this originally as TRAXX product line H (H for heavy product line), but this naming appeared only once the Octeon product line became TRAXX. However, IORE has very little common with TRAXXes, except the builder and the looks of the upper front.
-> Builder: AdTranz in Germany > later units Bombardier transportation
-> Operator: MTAB (Malmtrafik i Kiruna AB), which is rail operation part of the mining giant LKAB (Luossavaara-Kirunavaara Aktiebolaget)
-> Usage: heavy iron transport in the Sweden's north on Malmbana. The heavy axle weight confines the locos here.
     
-> Production dates:  2000 - 2004, 2010 - 2011, 2013  
-> Numbers built
: 34 half units, batches 2 + 16 + 8 + 8, locomotives always run in pairs (though they could run as single locos too), so that there is a cab to both directions. The pairs are random units after the first larger servicing.
     
-> Seen
: LKAB ore transportation on Malmbana in the Sweden's north
-> Energy Source: overhead electricity, 15kV 16,7 Hz AC
-> Power output: 10800 kW for double unit (14'684 hp) 
-> Track motors: BTV asynchronous (BT for Bombardier Transportation) 
-> Tractive Effort:
-- 1200 kN
(270'000 lbf) per double unit  
-- 1400 kN
(314'730 lbf) in temporary boost mode for preventing 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), trains usually run 60 - 70 km/h (37 - 44 mph) maximum with loaded ore trains. On the most difficult Norwegian mountain section sometimes only 20 km/h (12 mph). With some empties coming back from the docks in Norway it might be hard to chase them by car, so they must run full speed.  
   
-> Length: 45,80 m  (2 x 22,9m) (150 feet 3,5⁄32 inches)
-> Width: 2,95 m (9 feet 8,9⁄64 inches)
-> Height: 4,46 m to lowered pantograph (14 feet 7,19⁄32 inches)
-> Weight: 360 metric tons (793'665 lbs)
-> Max. axle weight: 30 metric tons (66'140 lbs) with added weights inside the machineroom.  
   
-> Train control systems: ATCs for Sweden and Norway  
-> Multiple operations capacity with: with type, normally seen in pairs 
-> Couplers: heavy duty semiautomatic SA3   
-> Brakes: electric and double air brakes
-- extra energy is fed back to overhead wire and networks  
-> Train weight: up top 9120 metric tons / double unit (10'050 US tons / 20'106'000 lbs), up from 8000 tons (8'820 US tons / 17'637'000 lbs) earlier.


     
-> Specials:
IORE 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's north, capital of the Norrbotten area)
  • 104 - (2002-2005) Gällivare (One of the mining sites)
  • 105 - (2002-2005) Narvik (Norwegian iron ore port city)
  • 106 - (2002-2005) Kiruna (The main source of Swedish iron ore)
  • 107 - (2002-2005) Svappavaara (Mining branch southeast of Kiruna)
  • 108 - (2002-2005) Torneträsk (the mighty lake next to Malmbana)
  • 109 - (2002-2005) Abisko (the famous Swedish mountain resort)
  • 110 - (2002-2005) Björkliden (Station on Malmbananext to Torneträsk lake)
  • 111 - (2002-2005) Katterat (Hard to access Norwegian station on Mbana)
  • 112 - (2002-2005) Vassijaure (Swed. stat. near N. border on Malmbana)
  • 113 - (2002-2005) Bergfors (station right before Torneträsk lake
  • 114 - (2002-2005) Rautas (Station north of Kiruna on Malmbana)
  • 115 - (2002-2005) Stenbacken (siding / former station by Torneträsk lake)
  • 116 - (2002-2005) Stordalen (another location on Mb next to Torneträsk l.)
  • 117 - (2002-2005) Boden (City on the Southern Malmbana)
  • 118 - (2002-2005) Murjek (staion on the Southern wilderness of Mb.)

  • 119 - (2010-2011) Koskullskulle (northern side of Gällivare, on siding of Mb.)
  • 120 - (2010-2011) Kaisepakte (mountain next to Torneträsk lake by Mbana)
  • 121 - (2010-2011) Rombak (Station at the end of the Ofotfjorden)
  • 122 - (2010-2011) Råtsi (Kiruna southern junction)
  • 123 - (2010-2011) Riksgränsen (Station at the Swedish border)
  • 124 - (2010-2011) Kaitum (Former station on the Southern Malmbana)
  • 125 - (2010-2011) Sijska (Location on the Svappavaara branch line)
  • 126 - (2010-2011) Sandskär (Railyard and industrial area in Luleå)

  • 127 - (2013) Björnfjell (Station next from Riksgränsen on. Norw. side)
  • 128 - (2013) Krokvik (Station just North of Kiruna)
  • 129 - (2013) Nattavaara (Station 40 kilometers south of Gällivare)
  • 130 - (2013) Mertainen (Near future iron mine site for LKAB)
  • 131 - (2013) Straumnes (Station overlooking Ofotfjord in Norway)
  • 132 - (2013) Rensjön
  • 133 - (2013) Kopparåsen
  • 134 - (2013) Notviken
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 IORE Technical Details, part 2
LKAB IORE number 124 in Torneträsk, Sweden

  IOREs number 124 (leading) and 123 were stopped for colors in Torneträsk station and it was easy to see the details in the following pictures from down on the bank. The locomotives are actually guite huge, being 4,4 meters high and almost 23 meters long, but here in the wilderness they are very much dwarfed by the surroundings.

From this locastion the trains started with the grade of 3% uphill, quite easily with mostly empty hoppers in tow. Many trains bring substances needed for pelletizing on their return journey.

Pictures by John McKey.

 

 

 

LKAB IORE closer study in Sweden
  Here the massive hood of the IORE locomotive showing even the smaller details, if you click the picture for the larger version of it. Looking at the welded lower section of the IORE hood you see plates that are 4 centimeters thick. This was designed as an added protection in case of an accident. Previously LKAB locomotives have in two instances fallen off the cliff above the fjord and in this kind of case there is always the danger that some of the heavy ore carriers might follow.
LKAB IORE closer study in Sweden
  The units feature an SA3 coupler with automatic coupling and uncoupling (except for the airlines) in the ends. This heavy weight coupler is truly massive!
LKAB IORE closer study in Sweden
  The massive bogie is made for maximum duration, in use and even in case of an accident. Look at the thick steel sections at the both ends of the bogie.
LKAB IORE closer study in Sweden


  Another angle to the bogie shows a normal sized sand box being used. Maybe the heavy monsters use less sand because of the huge weight.

The sanding system of IOREs is only installed to the outermost axles of the locomotive.

LKAB IORE closer study in Sweden


  One of the wheels in the bogie. This one uses the SKF roller bearings. Notice the earthing cable in the upper left corner.

LKAB IORE closer study in Sweden
  Behind the bogie, connecting it to the locomotive body is a traction link / quill drive, which transmits some of the enormous power generated by the track motors from around the motors directly to the body much bypassing the bogie itself. Traction links are used to make the locomotive ride smoother on the rails than it otherwise would.
LKAB IORE closer study in Sweden
  , and , other angles to the traction link. Looks like the one on the left has been serviced recently.
LKAB IORE bogie study LKAB IORE bogie study
LKAB IORE closer study in Sweden


  The temperatures in the Sweden's north drop very low in the winter and the storms in the mountains can blow really hard, so there is a real need to shelter the personnel from the elements the best the operator can. The IORE units have well protecting walkways from one unit to another. Notice also the lack of side buffers, which a typical European locomotive would have. This unit has a huge SA3 coupler instead. According to some tests it can withstand forces of up to 16'000 metric tons, more than is needed on the 68 car fully loaded train.

LKAB IORE closer study in Sweden
  A closer look at the center coupler and the air supply lines. The underframe is as ruggedly built as in the front.
LKAB IORE closer study in Sweden
  In between the locomotives the right side has also a huge door to help servicing the units. The sticker says "Do not enter".

MTAB IORE pantograph
  Here is the modern heavy duty pantograph of the IORE unit 109.

LKAB IORE closer study in Sweden
  Each locomotive also has a builder's plate well visible on the side. The plates show that this unit was built and/or assemled together at Bombardier Kassel works, the year and the number of the unit.
LKAB IORE closer study in Sweden
  The technical details closer study under the hood of the unit 123. Look at the heavy and thick iron plates under the loco. If this does not survive derailment from the mountain sides, than nothing does. During the history of Malmbana line that kind of derailments have happened more than once. Two main line electrics have found their last location on the mountain slope. Fortunately nobody was killed or injured, but the dangers were obvious even then.
LKAB IORE closer study in Sweden
  The connection between the loco and cars is a critical point. Here the massive IORE locomotive meets the end of the 68 car long rake of ore cars.
LKAB IORE closer study in Sweden
  Another angle to the loco-car connection.
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MTAB IORE Paint Schemes

 Paint Schemes
MTAB IOREs number 127 and 128 at Sävast, Boden, Sweden MTAB IORE number 101 with new pain in Luleå, Sweden
   
MTAB IORE with LKAB new logo MTAB IORE with LKAB older logo
LKAB IOREs 103 and 112 in Kiruna, Sweden

    Newest paint scheme for the mighty IORE fleet is the bright dark blue with large double mountain (representing the mining hills of Luossavaara and Kiirunavaara in Kiruna) painting of the left side of the locos. The names are now standardized, showing slightly less than before due to use of smaller fonts and missing graphics on some units. IORE units 127 - 134 were delivered from the factory with this new scheme.

   
Many of the older units have byt now also received vinyls (it is not paint) on their sides making them look more uniform with the newer fleet. Looking carefully you will however notice the slight but noticeable change of using color tones between the new and older. Here the newly vinyled test unit number 101 is seen in Luleå on Malmbana. The graphics describing the Arctic circle, the name of the loco "Polcirceln" in English is unfortunately lost.


   
The relatively clean MTAB IORE units 112 and 103 show the most common paint scheme. Here they are arriving to Kiruna via the old track , most likely from Svappavaara on the southeast branch from Kiruna southern junction. Picture by John McKey.

This intensive dark blue and red look great especially in winter and seem to hide dirt always present at the ore railway quite well. In addition it is easy to spot these brightly painted locomotives approaching in the wilderness, especially since they practically make no sounds at all besides slight track motor humming when accelerating.


  These IOREs in Boden, Sweden seem to be have been too busy to be washed between the assignments. But even then the Gällivare units (number 104) shows well the logo that can be found in about the half of the old painted units. Picture by Hannu Peltola.
MTAB IORE units 104 and 120 are hauling an ore train past Boden, Sweden
LKAB IORE number 101 unloading ore cars, Narvik, Norway   Currently the unit 101 (the oldest unit) has been vinyled to the new LKAB corporate image. On the left you can still see the "Polar circle" emblem on the side near cab that we are now missing. How unfortunate. Picture by John McKey.
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IORE Roster Pictures of the MTAB

 IORE number 101 of MTAB
   
LKAB IORE number 101 and 106 unloading ore cars, Narvik, Norway

  IORE numbers 101 and 106 had just arrived with an ore train from Kiruna, Sweden to Narvik, Norway. The locos ran around to the back end of the train and started pushing it for emptying. Here the full ore cars are emptied at the walking speed so the normal metric 750 ton train does not take more than ten minutes to do so.

Picture by John McKey.

 

 

 

LKAB IORE number 101 unloading ore cars, Narvik, Norway
  Another angle to the very first IORE unit, the 101 Polcirceln (English: Arctic Circle) in Narvik.

Picture by John McKey.


MTAB IORE number 101 with new pain in Luleå, Sweden
   This unit has now been vinyled over with a new scheme and lost its personal painting of Polcirceln. It now wears the mother company two mountains (Luossavaara, Kirunavaara) logo, quite pleasing to the eye too.
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 IORE number 102 of MTAB
MTAB IORE unit 102 ar Kopparåsen, Sweden

  The MTAB operated IORE number 102 has a scheduled train meeting at Kopparåsen (near the end of the Torneträsk lake's Northern side) with a passenger service. It looks like the heavy ore train is even here using the main line while the passenger service is waiting on the siding.

Because of the dense traffic there are now plans to double track some sections of the Malmbana. With all the mining operations and other transports plus a lot of passenger traffic it will be even more crowded in the future here.

Picture by Gerry Putz.

 

 

 

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 IORE number 103 "Luleå" of MTAB
MTAB IORE units 103 and 113 study at Kiruna, Sweden LKAB IOREs 103 and 112 in Kiruna, Sweden
MTAB IORE units 103 and 113 study at Kiruna, Sweden

  IORE numbers 103 and 112 are bringing ore cars in from Svappavaara to Kiruna. Vaara is a Finnish word for mountain. Most northern mountains are named "vaara" as people here once spoke Finnish. Picture by John McKey.

  and IORE numbers 103 and 113 are seen resting after the demanding early morning Sunday duty from Kiruna to Narvik and back. Pictures by John McKey.

 

 

 

MTAB IORE units 103 and 113 at Kiruna old arrivals yard, Sweden  
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 IORE number 104 of MTAB
MTAB IOREs 104 coming out of the tunnel in the northern mountains, Sweden MTAB IORE 104 is seen here at Straumnes (English: power point) next to "the famous little track side shed". It seems like this little hut is visible in a huge number of pictures we have received. No wonder: Straumnes station has great views to the little curve leading to a short see through tunnel on the eastern end. It has two sidings so train meetings can take place here. And of course, if you don't mind zigzagging uphill, the place is well accessible with car. If you need to wait for the train, you can enjoy the magnificent views the height from the mountain offers you to the fjord (weather allowing).

Picture by Nick Slocombe.
LKAB IORE number 124 in Torneträsk, Sweden

IORE number 104 is parked here for the combined maintenance and vacation period besides the Kiruna locomotive and freight car works for the Malmtrafik i Kiruna AB.

Picture by Ilkka Siissalo.

 

 

 

LKAB IORE numbers 104 and 109 at the depot in Kiruna, Sweden IORE 104 on the right is seen here parked at the other side of the depot with the unit 109.

Picture by John McKey.
MTAB IORE 104 at stables in Kiruna, Sweden
Another day, the unit is parked with 109 on the other side of the stables. The Kiruna city hall is the building with an unusual clock tower on the left.

Picture by John McKey.
MTAB IORE units 104 and 120 are hauling an ore train past Boden, Sweden

Here the units 104 and 120 are at the point of an ore transport most likely from the southern mines of Malmbana. The train is taking a detour around the Boden station to avoid interfering with other activity.

Take a look at the cars, which are all loaded with as much raw iron as they can carry. For once this train is not carrying pellets but iron powder destined to Luleå huge steel refinery or port.

Picture by Hannu Peltola.

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 IORE number 106 of MTAB
LKAB IORE number 101 and 106 unloading ore cars, Narvik, Norway

IORE numbers 101 and 106 have just arrived with an ore train from Kiruna. The locos ran around to the back end of the train and started pushing it for emptying. Here the full ore cars are emptied at the slow jogging speed so the normal metric 750 ton train does not take more than ten minutes to do so.

Picture by John McKey.

 

 

Another angle to the units pushing the filled ore cars.

Picture by John McKey.

LKAB IORE number 101 and 106 unloading ore cars, Narvik, Norway MTAB IORE units 106 at Björkliden, Sweden

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 IORE number 107 of MTAB
LKAB IOREs 107 and 113 in the mountains, east of Narvik, Norway

  Throttling by on the embankment and preparing to enter snowshed and tunnel behind the curve IORE units 113 and 107 (the dirty one) are taking almost 50 ore cars over the mountains back to Kiruna loaded with substance that helps iron ore to form to pellets at pelletizing plant.

Here the mountains start rising but suitable slopes for track building are still easy to find. This is also a site for a supr with cave for old "omformare" electric converter that was stored there for the need of quick repair if the electric feeds were stopped. Sweden earlier had over hundredof these huge machines stoved safely away and always prepared for the need. Nowadays it is much easier to form electricity for the need of the railroad here and omformare vehicles are gone.

Pictures by John McKey.

 

 

 

LKAB IOREs 107 and 113 in the mountains, east of Narvik, Norway LKAB IOREs 107 and 113 in the mountains, east of Narvik, Norway

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 IORE number 108 of MTAB
LKAB IORE units 108 and 122 at departures yard, Kiruna, Sweden

IORE number 108 is seen here trailing the unit 122 when locomotives are taking a 7000 ton ore train from Kiruna to Narvik.

  In the first picture the units are waiting for their turn to start the ore train from the Kiruna departures yard. Picture by John McKey.

   and the train has reached Torneträsk station where it is now rolling downhill. The unit 122 is leading and 108 is providing the needed extra power on the uphill starting from here. Pictures by Hannu Peltola and John McKey.

 

 

MTAB IORE units 108 and 122 at Torneträsk station, Kiruna, Sweden MTAB IORE units 108 and 122 at Torneträsk station, Kiruna, Sweden
   
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 IORE number 109 of MTAB
LKAB IORE 109 Nose, Kiruna, Sweden

  All quiet during the early morning at Kiruna locomotive works...well, almost. IORE number 109 nose is profile well here. A few moments later a total of 9 persons came out of the locomotive pair so this must have been also a training session, not just an ordinary visit to works to see that every part of machinery is working perfectly.

Pictures by John McKey.

 



   ...and the whole locomotive...

  ...and the whole locomotive unit...

LKAB IORE number 109 Abisco at the depot in Kiruna, Sweden LKAB IORE numbers 104 and 109 at the depot in Kiruna, Sweden
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 IORE number 110 of MTAB
MTAB IORE units 110 at Riksgränsen, Sweden

  Riksgränsen on the Swedish - Norwegian border has a station built partly inside the snow shed to keep the abundant snow out of the tracks and at the same time passengers comfortable.

The MTAB IOREs with a unit 110 trailing are leading a loaded ore train through the man made tunnel. Picture by Gerry Putz.


   MTAB IORE number 110 with a sister loco takes a rake of empties around the curve in Björkliden. For a change the weather is showing its best side. Picture by Gerry Putz.

 

 

MTAB IORE unit 110 and a sister unit at Björkliden, Sweden  
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 IORE number 112 of MTAB
LKAB IOREs 103 and 112 in Kiruna, Sweden

IORE numbers 103 and 112 are bringing ore cars in from Svappavaara to Kiruna. Vaara is a Finnish word for mountain. Most northern mountains are named "vaara" as people here once spoke Finnish.

Picture by John McKey.

 

 

 

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  IORE number 113 of MTAB
LKAB IOREs 107 and 113 in the mountains, east of Narvik, Norway

Throttling by on the embankment and preparing to enter tunnel behind the curve the IORE units 113 and 107 (the dirty one) are taking almost 50 ore cars over the mountains back to Kiruna loaded with substance that help iron ore to form to pellets.

Pictures by John McKey.

 

 

 

LKAB IOREs 107 and 113 in the mountains, east of Narvik, Norway MTAB IORE units 103 and 113 at Kiruna old arrivals yard, Sweden
LKAB IOREs 107 and 113 in the mountains, east of Narvik, Norway  
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 IORE number 115 of MTAB
MTAB IORE units 107 and 115 at Björkliden, Sweden

  and   The MTAB IOREs 115 and 107 are stopping in Björkliden, close to Norwegian border, to wait for the loaded IORE headed train to pass. There are around 10 trains between Kiruna and Narvik daily, so train meetings even with the ore transports are frequent.

Pictures by Gerry Putz.

MTAB IORE units 107 and 115 at Björkliden, Sweden

 

 

 

 

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  IORE number 115 shares the summer periods quiet with a sister 104 coupled to it. Location is by the locomotive works of Kiruna where all the IORE are serviced. This seems to be a location where you can always see IOREs nearby, albeith behind the fence.

Picture by Ilkka Siissalo.

MTAB IORE units 107 and 115 at Björkliden, Sweden

MTAB IORE number 115 with a sister 104 in Kiruna, Sweden

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 IORE number 116 of MTAB
MTAB IORE units 116 and 126 at Vassijaure tunnel, Sweden MTAB IORES 116 and 126 at snowshed number 6 at Tornehamn, Sweden
LKAB IOREs 116 and 118 arriving to Kiruna with empties, Sweden

   MTAB IORE unit 116 followed by IORE 126 and almost 70 full ore cars is appearing from the snow shed and tunnel next to Vassijaure station on the Swedish northern mountains. It is still partly sunny here even with heavy snows fall on the mountains. These mountains are sometimes topped with snow late to summer. Picture by John McKey.


  MTAB IORE unit 116 appears from the snow shed at sunny Tornehamn. The location is at the western end of the Torneträsk lake on Swedish mountains. Picture by Hannu Peltola.


  IORE numbers 116 and 118 are bringing ore cars from Svappavaara to be handled at Kiruna main loading facilities. The ore is pelletized here before shipping it forward to the customers at the Luleå steel factory or one of the harbors. These tracks are dismantled today because of the older mine caving in. Caving causes cratered land surface and is also forcing to move the city of Kiruna slightly firther from the mines. Picture by John McKey.


  A few days later IOREs 116 and 118 have just finished bringing a loaded ore pellet train down from the iron mountains of Northern Sweden to the coastline iron refinery in Luleå. Here the units are sneaking by at the depot area, while I was concentrating on capturing pics on the Dm3. Note how warm and sunny it is compared with the views on the previous picture. Picture by John McKey.

  In the picture series below IORE units 116 leading and 126 trailing are taking a tight curve in the blizzard at Björnfjellet in Norway.

Pictures by John McKey and Hannu Peltola.

MTAB IOREs 116 and 118 rolling by in Luleå, Sweden
LKAB IOREs 116 and 126 coming out of the snow shed in Norwegian mountains, east of Narvik, Norway LKAB IOREs 116 and 126 coming out of the snow shed in Norwegian mountains, east of Narvik, Norway
LKAB IOREs 116 and 126 coming out of the snow shed in Norwegian mountains, east of Narvik, Norway LKAB IOREs 116 and 126 coming out of the snow shed in Norwegian mountains, east of Narvik, Norway
LKAB IOREs 116 and 126 coming out of the snow shed in Norwegian mountains, east of Narvik, Norway LKAB IOREs 116 and 126 coming out of the snow shed in Norwegian mountains, east of Narvik, Norway
LKAB IOREs 116 and 126 coming out of the snow shed in Norwegian mountains, east of Narvik, Norway LKAB IOREs 116 and 126 coming out of the snow shed in Norwegian mountains, east of Narvik, Norway
   
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 IORE number 118 of MTAB
LKAB IOREs 116 and 118 arriving to Kiruna with empties, Swede

  IORE numbers 116 and 118 are bringing ore cars from Svappavaara to be handled at Kiruna main loading facilities. This part of the older tracks has now been removed because of the fear of land caving in.

Pictures by John McKey.

 

 

 

LKAB IOREs 116 and 118 arriving to Kiruna with empties, Swede
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MTAB IOREs 116 and 118 rolling by in Luleå, Sweden
  A few days later IOREs 116 and 118 have just finished bringing a loaded ore train down from the iron mountains of Northern Sweden to the coastline iron refinery in Luleå. Here the units are sneaking by at the depot area, while I was concentrating on capturing pics on the Dm3.

Picture by John McKey.

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 IORE number 119 of MTAB
MTAB IORE units 124 and 119 at Abisko station, Kiruna, Sweden

MTAB IOREs 124 and 119 at Abisko, Sweden.

 

 

 


  MTAB IORE unit 119 and a sister are taking heavy ore train past the platforms of the hillside station of Torneträsk. Snow can be seen here even in the early summer. Picture by Gerry Putz.


 

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MTAB IORE units 124 and 119 at Abisko station, Kiruna, Sweden MTAB IORE unit 119 and a sister unit at Torneträsk, Sweden
 

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 IORE number 120 of MTAB
MTAB IORE units 104 and 120 are hauling an ore train past Boden, Sweden

MTAB IOREs 104 and 120 are taking the end switch of a detour around Boden station. The train will soon accelerate on the level ground towards Luleå where the IOREs slowly run the train through an unloading sequence. it takes about 15 minutes to empty one train, if there is no need to stop in between. Stopping might be needed to empty the cars if ore is stuck there.

Picture by Hannu Peltola.

 

 

 

 
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 IORE number 122 of MTAB
MTAB IORE units 108 and 122 at Torneträsk station, Kiruna, Sweden

IORE number 122 is seen here leading the unit 108 when locomotives are taking a 7000 ton ore train from Kiruna to Narvik.


  Left and below left the train has reached Torneträsk station where it is now rolling downhill. The unit 122 is leading and 108 is providing the needed extra power on the uphill starting from here. Pictures by Hannu Peltola.

 

  Below the IORE units 122 and 108 are still in taiga a quarter before. The tiny birch trees here cover all the landscape and can withstand the demanding conditions during the long, cold and dark winter. In the winter the sun can not be seen here for two months!

 

 

MTAB IORE units 108 and 122 at Torneträsk station, Kiruna, Sweden LKAB IORE units 108 and 122  running an ore train from Kiruna towards north, Sweden
MTAB IORE units 122 at Björkliden, Sweden  
   
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 IORE number 123 of MTAB
LKAB IORE 123 Riksgränsen number 123 at Torneträsk, Sweden

Seen here from below the unit 123 of IORE fleet is trailing the 124 in front of the empty ore carriers. The train was stopped at the Torneträsk station for the colors, so it was easy to catch even detail level pictures of the monsters on the track.

Pictures by John McKey.

 

 

 

LKAB IORE 123 Riksgränsen number 123 at Torneträsk, Sweden  
LKAB IORE 123 waiting for loads in Svappavaara mine, Sweden
The unit 123 in Svappavaara, 100 kilometers South of Kiruna, a few days before. IOREs 123 and 124 are waiting for a train to be loaded before pulling it either to Luleå, Kiruna or Narvik.

Picture by John McKey.
LKAB IORE 123 waiting for loads in Svappavaara mine, Sweden
It is actually quite dark, although the picture does not look like it. Sony HX1 has some incredible picture taking abilities in the dark.
LKAB IOREs 123 and 124 waiting for loads in Svappavaara mine, Sweden  
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 IORE number 124 of MTAB
LKAB IORE number 124 in Torneträsk, Sweden

LKAB IORE number 124 in Torneträsk, Sweden

IOREs 123 and 124 lead consist stops at Torneträsk for a red light. It is pulling a long string of empties from Narvik, Norway towards Kiruna in Sweden. Torneträsk is about half way across the mountain range.

Pictures by John McKey.

 

 

 

MTAB IORE units 124 and 119 at Abisko station, Kiruna, Sweden MTAB IORE units 124 and 119 at Abisko station, Kiruna, Sweden
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 IORE number 125 of MTAB
LKAB IORE number 125 and 126 in front of empties, Narvik, Norway

IOREs number 125 and 126 are ready to start a string of empties from Narvik, Norway and haul it through the mountains to Kiruna in Sweden to to be refilled with ore. On the right can be seen the newer facility for emptying the ore cars while the one that was used is the building in the background.

Picture by John McKey.

 

 

 

LKAB IORE number 125 and 126 in front of empties, Narvik, Norway
The same units in Narvik seen from another angle. It is hard to get an unobstructed view here, even with a bridge over the tracks.

Picture by John McKey.
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 IORE number 126 of MTAB
LKAB IORE number 126 with empties, Narvik, Norway

IORE number 126 trailing the unit 125 in front of the 68 empties. The train is ready to start back to Kiruna once the crew is changed and there is a suitable nonstop time slot on using the track. (Passenger trains on this section seem to be a lot slower than the IORE pulled ore trains.

Picture by John McKey.

 

 

 

LKAB IOREs 116 and 126 coming out of the snow shed in Norwegian mountains, east of Narvik, Norway

The unit 126 of IORE fleet is seen here taking a tight curve at Björfjellet in Norway. The blizzard offers no resistance to these powerful locomotives.

Picture by Hannu Peltola.

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 IORE number 127 "Björnfjell" of MTAB
MTAB IOREs number 127 and 128 at Sävast, Boden, Sweden

  MTAB IOREs 127 and 128 are seen here in Sävast taking a curve next to the highway. These locomotives were the first to be painted in the newer more visible colors and new LKAB symbols at the factory. In tow are 63 South African built ore cars.

   Next picture shows well how long the locomotives actually are! Were they not exceptionally high too, they would look even longer.

 

 

 

MTAB IOREs number 127 and 128 at Sävast, Boden, Sweden

 

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 IORE number 128 "Krokvik" of MTAB
MTAB IOREs number 127 and 128 at Sävast, Boden, Sweden

  and  Here IORE the brand new locos are seen passing a detour in Sävast next to the new highway alignment. The train is enroute to Svappavaara for another load of refined iron ore powder.

The ore cars in tow were built in South Africa.

 

 

 

MTAB IOREs number 127 and 128 at Sävast, Boden, Sweden

MTAB IOREs number 127 and 128 at Sävast, Boden, Sweden

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MTAB IORE units #129 and #130 with empties in Sunderby, Luleå, Sweden

 

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MTAB IORE units at Torneträsk in northern Sweden
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SSRT Rc6 number 1335 with a regional at Riksgränsen, Sweden
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