Electric Road Locomotives
MTAB IORE (Iron ORE by Bombardier)
The most common road locomotive here is for ore road hauling, but it is also well equipped for loading and unloading cycle of the ore cars. Here MTAB IOREs number 108 and 122 are just passing Narvik passenger station with a little bit less than 70 ore cars in tow. This train will again climb the mountains to reach Kiruna, Sweden and beyond when other mines have urgent loading needs too. Picture by Hannu Peltola.
With a lot of luck you might still be able to see one of the remaining Dm3 veteran power units MTAB earlier used for transportation. While around 10 are stored and from the looks used as spare parts, two of the units have recently been sitting next to the MTAB locomotive depot in Kiruna, probably just waiting for the need to arrive for the jackshafts roll once again around and around on the sides of the triple loco, a fascinating sight for anyone, not the least to a railfan!
Green Cargo TRAXX Locomotives
Green Cargo - Pure performance! From the beginning of 2013 Green Cargo TRAXX locomotives might be running the Northland Resources Ore trains between Pitkäjärvi (Translated from Finnish to English: Long Lake) just north of Svappavaara. The ore transports will be building up gradually with full scale (for current) production expected by the end on 2014. These TRAXX-motives are built especially for cold climate with features like the icicle ramming devices (for the tunnels and snow sheds) available on them. The wheel slip system is also one of a kind - borrowed from the much older Rd2, which has a well working one even for arctic conditions. Picture from Luleå, Sweden by John McKey.
Green Cargo Rd2 Locomotives
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The Green Cargo has refurbished tens of its Rc2 fleet to class Rd2. These locos can be considered almost new, though missing some of the fineties of more modern cousins and being somewhat underpowered for today. But, since there are number of units around, why not put three units in front a heavy steel train? After all modularization is one of the key issues, that have lead to the success of railroading.
Green Cargo Rc4 Locomotives
The Green Cargo of Sweden seems to have a practically unlimited number of Rc4 locomotives for its use, so you see these even on the Norwegian side regularly, occasionally even in Narvik. Built decades ago these locomotives are kept in good condition (if not mint) and thus are providing the Green Cargo formidable locomotive arsenal. Every time the locomotives route ends on the southern end of Malmbana in Luleå, they are carefully checked and if necessary serviced. Picture of Rc4 at Kiruna station by John McKey.
SSRT Rc6 Locomotives
Picture above: One of the most unusual switchers is the most likely unique Motala-11 used by MTAS in Narvik for busy times switching. Here the unit is seen moving ore cars from the unloading area to harbor a little bit south. No electricity is built to the harbor tracks (probably because of the overhead loading machinery) so the diesels still have some work to do. Picture by John McKey.
Below: the ore cars have been filled with one of the minerals needed to form ore pellets and the MTAS T44 unit 5 is taking the cars back to electrified depot area at the Narvik harbor.
From there the T44 is towed along with the cars by a double IORE units as easily as a feather would be moved by a human being! Picture by John McKey.