Nyheder 1999

    Denmark: Danske Statsbaner (DSB) & private railways

    Last class MH to be withdrawn: The last remaining DSB shunters class MH will be withdrawn from 9. January 2000, as a couple of MK's will be moved: One from Padborg to Kolding and one from Odense to Fredericia. The last couple of years the MH's has only been used as reserve, when the MK's had to be repaired (22. December 1999, source: Blokposten Message Board).

    "DSB Gods" to be joined with "Railion": Parts of "DSB Gods" is according to danish news sources going to be joined with the German/Dutch freight operator "Railion". Railion was formed by DB Cargo and NS Cargo in September 1999, has its head office in Mainz and is 94% owned by DB. Earlier plans to make an joined Scandinavian freight joint venture failed as SJ didn't want to be part of it. (21. December 1999, source Fyens Stiftstidende) (more on the join here...).

    DSB Class MZ rebuilds: DSB is currently altering the side windows in the cabs of classes MZ I & II, installing the MZ IV-type in a silver-frame instead. A couple of years ago this work started with MZ 1402, which however was stored soon after. Until now MZ 1405, 1419, 1420 and 1422 has been modified with the new window frames (21. December 1999, sources John Nissen, Ole M. Nielsen and own observations).

    New operators on danish tracks: Danish track authority "Banestyrelsen" has granted access for the following operators from the summer timetable 2000:

    The following companies has been applied access for free, non-supported commercial traffic:
    DSB
    : 10 passager trains daily between København-Øresund-Ystad
    DSB/SJ: 16 passager trains, X2000, daily between Sweden-Øresund-København
    Lollandsbanen: various trains connecting to Nykøbing F. (as now)
    OHJ/HTJ: various trains Tølløse-Holbæk (as now)
    PBS/Eurorail: 4 freight trains daily between Tinglev-Århus, 2 freight trains daily Tønder-Esbjerg, 2 freight trains weekly Tønder-Grenå, 1 freight train weekly Århus-Aalborg, 2 freight trains weekly Taulov-Københavns Frihavn, 1 freight train weekly Aalborg-Tinglev, 2 freight trains weekly Padborg-Frederikshavn.
    TGOJ: 3 freight trains daily Malmø-Rødby
    Skagensbanen: 1 train daily Frederikshavn-Aalborg
    DSB: ca. 150 freight trains daily on the whole railway net (as now)
    BK-Tåg: 1 freight train daily Sweden-Øresund-Roskilde-Køge
    Vestbanen: 1 freight train daily Esbjerg-Holstebro (as now)
    HFHJ: 2 freight trains daily Hillerød-Københavns Godsbanegård (as now)
    Lemvigbanen: 2 freight trains daily Vemb-Skjern-Herning, 1 freight train daily Vemb-Holstebro-Herning, 1 freight train daily Vemb-Holstebro-Herning, 1 freight train daily Vemb-Varde-Esbjerg
    The following companies has been applied for capacity for freight trains as freight freeways:
    DSB: transit Sweden-Øresund-Storebælt-Germany
    PBS/Eurorail: Københavns Godsbanegård-Padborg, Frederikshavn-Padborg
    X-Rail: transit Sweden-Germany
    TGOJ: transit Sweden-Øresund-Storebælt-Germany
    The following companies has been applied capacity as public service (contracts with the Danish Ministry of Traffic):
    DSB: passager traffic as now plus 130 passenger trains daily in the Øresund region
    DSB S-tog A/S: passenger traffic as now.

    (21. December 1999, source Banestyrelsen)

    S-bane station closures: From 1. January 2000 the two remaining stations on the Vanløse-Solbjerg(-Frederiksberg) S-bane branch will close, and the line be converted to Metro-line, reopening in 2003. The line will be in use the whole night after the new year cellebrations, last trains will leave Solbjerg 8.43 and Lindevang 8.44. The stations where innagurated in 1986. The Frederiksberg station was closed last summer (21. december 1999, source DSB).

    Hurricane hits Denmark and stops train traffic: Friday afternoon 3. December 1999 Denmark and the rest of Northern Europe was hit by a hurricane with wind speeds up to 200 km/h. Severe damages was made to buildings, cars and so on, 6 people where killed while several houndred where injured. Electrical power were cut in many places.

    Train traffic had to stop due to overturn trees blocking the tracks and electrical wires been torn apart. Traffic across the Great Belt had to stop when a freight train got stock inside the tunnel. 2500 train passengers had to be accomodated in Odense, Nyborg and Slagelse friday evening and was transported in busses on saturday morning. The line between Roskilde and Ringsted was still closed down on saturday, so Intercity trains only ran from Copenhagen to Roskilde, passengers then had to change to busses. However, Intercity traffic on Fyn and from Fredericia to Ålborg, Esbjerg and Thisted was going again on saturday. The Fredericia-Sønderborg/Padborg line was still out of use on sunday. Also the Odense-Svendborg, Esbjerg-Tønder and Esbjerg-Skjern-Herning lines where still closed on sunday while trees where blocking the tracks. The Copenhagen Surburban lines, "S-tog" where also completely shut down friday evening and only started operating again saturday evening (5. December 1999, various sources).

    The damages from the hurricane still influenced the traffic in Southern Jutland for the next couple of weeks. On the Tinglev-Sønderborg line parts from a house had tipped on to the railway line, blocking the traffic for 9 days. On monday 13. december the line was reopened.
    The Dan-Link freight trains from Copenhagen to Padborg had to be suspended for several days as a freight train where derailed and had torn 250 metres of track between Lunderskov and Kolding. Some trains where then hauled with class MZ, including MZ IV, which are normally only used in the Eastern Department. This is the first time MZ IV has been used regularly in the Western Zone. On monday 6. December 1999 MZ 1456 hauled the EN 483, which are normally class EA-worked. Also some of the MZ I & II's worked Dan-Link freights through to Copenhagen, normally they are only in the Western Department (21. December 1999, various sources).

    DSB class MY update: Of the 13 class MY locomotives still in use with DSB, 4 are currently out of use:

    • MY 1146 stored with brake failure
    • MY 1148 stored with rundown engine, no oil pressure
    • MY 1152 stored, awaiting bogie change,
    • MY 1158 stored, awaiting bogie change.

    From 9. January 2000 only the freight trains for Grenå, Hørning, Vejle and Horsens are to survive. From the summer timetable it is planed to use class ME :-((
    (5. December 1999, source Blokposten)

    DSB proposes coorporation with private railways on branch lines: To serve the costumers better DSB is now proposing increasing coorporation with the private railways, giving more direct connections, better trains and more departures. 4 examples in an press release from DSB are:

    • Coorporation between DSB; Hjørring Privatbaner and Skagensbanen on the traffic north of Aalborg,
    • Coorporation with Lollandsbanen on more through trains between Copenhagen and Nakskov [note: currently there are only 2 in weekends, back in the 1980'ies there several a day!],
    • Coorporation with Østbanen to form direct trains between Rødvig/Fakse Ladeplads and Roskilde [note: this was also regular services in the 1980'ies!],
    • Coorporation with Odsherredsbanen with through trains Copenhagen-Kalundborg/Nykøbing Sjælland with train splits in Holbæk.

    In addition negotiations are already being carried out between DSB, Vestbanen and Vemb-Lemvig-Thyborøn Jernbane on the traffic in Western Jutland (5. December 1999, DSB press release).

    Last DSB class MT out of use: The last of the 17 DSB MT diesel electric locomotives in regular use with DSB Gods, MT 157, was withdrawn and transferred for preservation to DSB Museumstog in Randers on 7. November 1999. MT 157 was last used on the Copenhagen Freight Yard for shunting purposes. Now only DSB MT 166 is used for the DSB measurement department, "Målevognstjenesten".
    (5. December 1999, source John Nissen).

    SBB-double-deck coaches arrived: On 25. august the SBB stock for use on certain Re and IC trains arrived to Copenhagen. They have already been tested on several trains, and a press-presentation trips will be made Copenhagen-Fredericia on thu 2. Sep. From 6. Sep. the coaches will be used in the following trains:

    • Re (mon-fri) Fredericia 05.53 - Østerport 08.20
    • IC (mon-fri) Østerport 10.18 - Odense 12.05
    • IC (mon-fri) Odense 13.13 - Østerport 15.00
    • IC (mon-fri) Østerport 16.18- Fredericia 18.46
    • IC (fri) Odense 21.15 - Østerport 23.00
    • IC (sun) Østerport 16.18 - Fredericia 18.42

    The trains will be sandwiched by class EA electrics, working up to 160 km/h (for the first time in Denmark with hauled stock). The wagons will be returned to SBB in April 2001.
    The leased wagons are:
    50 85 86-94 020-9 AD
    50 85 86-94 024-1 AD REV PR 22.06.99
    50 85 26-94 062-4 B REV Pr 10.02.99
    50 85 26-94 063-2 B REV Pr 05.03.99
    50 85 26-94 064-0 B REV Pr 18.03.99
    50 85 26-94 065-7 B REV Pr 18.03.99
    50 85 26-94 066-5 B REV Pr 31.03.99
    50 85 26-94 067-3 B REV Pr 31.03.99
    50 85 26-94 924-5 Bt REV Pr 04.02.99 (driving trailer)
    (Observations from København H. 26. August 1999 thanks to Sven Ullrich + own observations 8. September 1999)

    Photos can allready be found on the homepage of Erik Hjelme (28. August 1999)
    MPEG-video of the train on 15. September here

    Ex. NSB Di 6 to be overhauled in Copenhagen: Two former NSB Di6 diesel locomotives has arrived at the DSB Depot in Copenhagen for overhaul and mounting of German INDUSI security system. The first to arrive was ex. Di6 667, arriving in G 40209 Padborg-Copenhagen Gb, fri 13. Aug. Ex. Di6 666 arrived in GD 41728 the same evening. The locomotives has been leased to German private operators by Siemens, now as class DE 2650. All 11 remaining ex. Di 6's are supposed to be overhauled by DSB. (17. august 1999, sources John Nissen , dk.fritid.jernbaner and NJK).

    Two more ex. Di6's arrived on the 1. September: Di6.662 in GD 40766 Pa-Gb (EA 3009+Di6.662) and Di6.665 in GD 40209 Pa-Gb (EA 3014+Di6.665), while 6.663 where in GD 40766 Pa-Gb (EA 3012+6.663) on the 2. September (Source: "Zløve" in dk.fritid.jernbaner).

    Yet another pair of Di6's arrived on 8. September: Di6.669 in GD 45750 Pa-Gb (EA 3002+6.669), and Di6.672 in GD 40209 Pa-Gb (EA 30??+EA 3014+6.672) (17. September 1999, source "Zløve" in dk.fritid.jernbaner). More info on the Di6's in Denmark on the homepage of Jan Munch Pedersen.

    Freight wagon updates: Danish supermarket chain "FDB" is a diligent user of DSB Gods. As replacement for stored class Hios-tv covered vans, 10 type Hbbillns has been leased from DSB. They are from the 01 86 245 7 000 - 079 series and their new numbers will be 46 86 245 7 125 - 134. (11. August 1999, source Ole M. Nielsen).

    Class EG 3101 roll-out: On 3. august 1999 the new DSB class EG electric locomotive EG 3101 where presented at the Siemens/Krauss Maffei plant in München. From here it will be tested at the Wegberg-Wildenrath test circuit, before going to Denmark, Sweden and Germany for tests. The 13 locomotives on order by "DSB Gods", the DSB freight division, will be used in through Sweden-Denmark-Germany freight trains from next summer, when the Øresund fixed link will open.

    Class EG is based on the DBAG baureihe 152 locomotives, which again originates from the "Eurosprinter" (DB class 127), which has been delivered to CP, Renfe and OSE. It is capable of using both the Danish 25 kV 50 Hz and the German and Swedish 15 kV 16 2/3 Hz currency. It is also equipped with both Danish and Swedish ATC as well as German INDUSI systems. It has a continuous effect of 6500 kW, starting traction effort of 400 kN and a maximum speed of 140 km/h. It will be capable of hauling a 2000 tones freight train on the 15,6 promilles grade at the Storebælt fixed link. As seen on the photo above, class EG will be the first locomotives to wear the new DSB Gods blue and yellow livery, including the new style "winged wheel" (5. august 1999, sources DSB and Siemens).
    Read more about the new EG locomotives in my "guide to..." DSB EG 3101-3113.

    Ex. DSB MY 1108 repainted for movie job: During may 1999 TÅGAB TMY was repainted for use in a movie by Lars von Trier "Dancer in the Dark" (featuring among others Björk & Catherine Deneuve), which is to be shot north of Kil in the end of may. Together with T43 253 it was repainted in green, beige and orange "Great Northern" livery, looking like a pair of american locomotives in the 1950’ies. TMY 106 is the former DSB 90 86 00-21 108-4, ex. DSB MY 1108, bought by TÅGAB in april, departed from Copenhagen 28. april - arriving in Kristinehamn 30. april 1999. Both locos are later expected to go into traffic in the new colours, however possibly with inscription on the sides replaced by "Tågåkeriet i Bergslagen" (?). Also TMX 104 (ex. DSB MX 1021) features a special painting, the "Grafitti"-livery applied by DSB in 1989. Currently being overhauled it is expected to keep this livery. See pictures on the homepage of Peter Löf http://w1.541.telia.com/~u54104889/ (8. june 1999, various sources).

    Måløv-Frederikssund S-bane line closes for a month: Due to upgrading of the Ballerup-Frederikssund single line "S-bane" surburban line, the Måløv-Frederikssund part will be totally closed and replaced by busses in the period from 3. July to 1. August. The line is to be extended to doubletrack throughout (25. June 1999, source DSB).

    PBS update: Privatbanen Sønderjylland has taken over the Tinglev-Århus "Maersk"-container empties from DSB as of 1. june 1999. For these trains 75 flat cars has been leased from RailPro in the Netherlands. The wagons has been repaired in Bredebro and is now used for block-trains from the Maersk Container plant in Tinglev to the port of Århus, from where they are shipped around the world. The trains runs through the city and passes the ferry-beds at the harbour of Århus. The factory was opened in 1991 and is building a new container every 35 minutes. Also Hamburg is a major shipment port for the shining new containers.

    For the extra traffic two new locos has been purchased/leased:

    • ØSJS Mx 42 (Nohab 2446/1961, ex. DSB MX 1005, 1991 for ØSJS, from 8. june 1999 leased to PBS. Still in red/black DSB livery)
    • VNJ KF 16 (Orenstein & Koppel 26070/1960, ex. DB Köf II 6663 / 323 289-9, 1987 rebuilt by VNJ. Leased to PBS from 6. june 1999 for shunting duties in Tinglev, renamed "EURORAIL DL 1 'Jacob'")

    Timings for the Tinglev-Århus freights:
    Timings has been slightly changed from 28. june 1999, train numbers changed:
    - GF 8801 Tinglev 1.27 - 4.29 Århus ()
    - GF 8818 Århus 6.53 - 10.00 Tinglev (Tue-Fri when needed)
    - GF 8647 Tinglev 13.17 - 16.33 Århus (Mon-Fri)
    - GF 8662 Århus 18.35 - 21.19 Tinglev (Mon-Fri)
    All trains are with 2 class MY diesels (Loud ones!!!)
    Notice that no trains are running in the weeks 29 and 30 due to closure of MCI for holidays (20. July 1999, source Sven Ullrich).

    PBS still runs the Tønder-Vemb, Tønder-Esbjerg, Tønder-Grenå, Tønder-Grindsted and Tønder-Sønderborg trains as well.

    Facultative timings for PBS-trains (note: can vary very much):

    GX 8624 Tønder 7.35 – 8.59 Esbjerg - sat, sun during summertime
    GX 8637 Esbjerg 13.45 – 15.33 Tønder - sat, sun during summertime
    GX 6175 Tønder 8.30 – 10.20 Esbjerg 11.38 – 13.24 Vemb – Wed
    GX 6177 Vemb 15.06 – 16.56 Esbjerg - wed
    Thursdays a freith is operated Esbjerg-Grindsted-Esbjerg/Bramming-Tønder, but no excact timings can be given; possibly Es ca. 10.15 – Gi – Es 13.45 – 16.10 Tønder
    GX 8721 Tønder 7.30 – Tinglev 9.05 – 9.50 Sønderborg Usually(!) Friday
    GX 8726 Sønderborg 10.39 – Tinglev 11.28 – 13.00 Tønder Usually (!) Friday
    GX 8600 Tønder 21.36 – 22.41 Bramming 23.25 – Århus 03.00 – 04.09 Grenå (usually Wed-Thursday)
    GX 8699 Grenå 00.17 – Århus 01.27 – 4.24 Bramming 04.47 – 05.56 Tønder (Friday)

    PBS started operation 5. april 1997, with leased loco NVAG DL 2 (rebuilt ex. DB 211).

    Current rolling stock :

    • PBS MY 1110 (Nohab 2324/1956, ex. DSB MY 1110, 1998 for PBS, currently being overhauled by VLTJ, Lemvig and DSB, Århus)
    • PBS MY 1116 (Nohab 2330/1956, ex. DSB MY 1116, withdrawn 1995, used for spare parts, arrived from Århus 12. april 1999, also for spare parts for PBS)
    • PBS MY 1120 (Nohab 2334/1956, ex. DSB MY 1120, 1998 for PBS, currently out of use)
    • PBS MY 1122 (Nohab 2336/1956, ex. DSB MY 1122, 1997 for PBS, in use, red cabs and white body, name "Sarah")
    • PBS MY 1124 (Nohab 2338/1956, ex. DSB MY 1124, 1998 for PBS, in use, red cabs and black body (DSB livery), name "Jytte")
    • PBS MY 1132 (Nohab 2373/1957, ex. DSB MY 1132, 1998 for PBS, in use, red and blue cab resp., white body, name "Maria")
    • PBS MY 1134 (Nohab 2375/1957, ex. DSB MY 1134, 1998 for PBS for spare parts)
    • MX 1030 (Nohab 2470/1961, ex. DSB MX 1030, 1995 to Tønder-Tinglev Veteran Jernbane (TTVJ - preservation society)), 1997 leased to PBS used by PBS, red cabs, white body)
    • PBS M 1 (in use, ex. Deutsche Volksarmé, VEB Lokomotivbau Karl Marx, Babelsberg, type V10B, no. 252183/1961, white/green advertisment livery for a local bank, named "Karl")
    • PBS M 2 (in store, ex. Deutsche Volksarmé, type V10B, no. 252498/1968, green livery, named "Marx")

    (8. June 1999, source Jan Munch Pedersen og John Nissen, updated 25. June thanks to Sven Ullrich)

    DSB to lease SBB double-decker wagons: Originally planed to start operating in June 1999, now postponed to September, DSB is to lease a set of double-decker Intercity coaches from the Swiss state railways SBB-CFF. The wagons will be used on a Fredericia-Copenhagen trip in the morning, making a Copenhagen-Odense return during daytime and the work back Copenhagen-Fredericia in the afternoon. The wagons can be leased until 2001, since tunnels on routes at which the wagons where to be used initially are to narrow (20. April 1999, updated 8. june 1999, various sources).
    According to a press release from yesterday, the SBB double deck stock will start operation from 6. september 1999. In the current timetable the train has already been booked for two class EA electric locomotives top-and-tailing the train (12. june 1999, source TV2).

    DSB timetable change 30. May: The change for the summer timetable 1999 will show minor corrections in timings on the København-Korsør and København-Nykøbing F. lines, in order to allow better punctuallity. The Odense-Svendborg line will have a totally new timetable, with trains Odense-Ringe-Svendborg without stops between Odense and Ringe, while new trains will run only between Odense and Ringe, stopping on all stations. The use of InterCityLyn trains between København and Herning will cease, however two additional InterCity trains will be added between Århus and Herning. Between Esbjerg and Struer the direct trains will now end in Ringkøbing. Instead a "circular" Herning-Skjern-Ringkøbing-Struer-Herning line will be made. On the Aalborg-Frederikshavn line regional services will run up to 8 minutes faster, while Intercity trains will need 4 minutes more for the journey. Class ME will go to Frederikshavn for the first time on mondays and fridays during summer.

    The Copenhagen S-bane surburban lines will have minor justifications to allow larger punctuallity. The line A will now stop at Svanemøllen and Nordhavn as well.

    The two international EuroNight trains will be formed as one train through Denmark, and then be split in Germany with one part for Bonn via Köln, one for Stuttgard via Frankfurt a. M. and a third part for München. The coaches for München will continue to Innsbruck on fridays during june-august. In Germany the train will be hauled byclass 103:
    EN482 21:35 Nürnberg - Fulda 23:37, 00:02 Fulda - Padborg 06:06
    EN483 22:26 Padborg - Nürnberg 07:15

    The "Kustpilen" through Helsingborg-Copenhagen SJ-trainsets will end. But not until the middle of june! (18. may 1999).

    The VLTJ through trains Vemb-Århus carrying fish meal has now been taken over by DSB, running from Herning to Vejle due to the short siddings at the Herning-Silkeborg-Skanderborg line (8. june 1999, source John Nissen).

    (12. May 1999, sources DSB, Philip Wormald and dk.fritid.jernbaner).

    HFHJ freight trains: Due to maintenance work on a bridge near Virum, the the HFHJ (Hillerød-Frederiksværk-Hundested Jernbane) through freight train from Frederiksværk to the Copenhagen freight yard are running earlier (and at daylight!!) 19.-22. April and 3.-7. May: Frederiksværk 15.56 - 16.27 Hillerød 17.39 - 18.42 Copenhagen freight yard, returning Copenhagen freight yard 20.10 - 20.59 Hillerød 21.30 - 22.00 Frederiksværk. Today I saw GX91455 arriving at Copenhagen freight yard right on time with HFHJ MX 17+MX 16+MX 18 in heading the train. Other interesting observations included MY 1159 seen stabled, and only two MZ series III, namely 1440/1445 in store. Wonder what has happened to the other 8 of this series, which has also been stored at the depot for the last ½ year??!? (20. April 1999, sources dk.fritid.jernbaner, my1108@image.dk and own observations).

    Last class MT in use: DSB MT 157 dieselelectric shunter, built by Frichs in 1959, are now the last of its class in regular use. The last couple of weeks the loco has been spotted working on the Copenhagen Freight Yard on a daily basis. This is probably due to the weakness of the MK-shunters, which with only 2 axles have problems with the long freight-trains at the hump. DSB Gods are therefore considering buying a batch of SLR "Stræknings-Ranger-Lokomotiver" ("Mainline-Shunting-Locomotives"), probably derived from the Siemens G1200-series (currently used as class 6400 by NS and Di8 by NSB, and which has also recently been ordered by ÖBB).
    The locos MT 152/155/159/161/163/167 have all been preserved by various railway clubs (20. April 1999, Jernbanen/own observations).

    VLTJ through trains Thyborøn-Århus: Starting on Wednesday 14. April VLTJ (Vemb-Lemvig-Thyborøn Jernbane) in the western part of Jutland runs through freight trains from Thyborøn to Århus with fish meal in containers. The trains will run Wednesdays and Fridays, 7.31 Vemb - Århus 11.03, returning 12.10 Århus - Vemb 16.00. In addition to the nohab-diesel Mx 26 "Tørfisken", ØSJS MX 41 "Kong Hother" has been leased for these workings (20. April 1999, source John Nissen, where You also can find a more detailed timetable).

    PBS now operating to Grenå and Vemb: Danish shortline operator "Privatbanen Sønderjylland" (PBS) has started operating freight trains from Tønder to Grenå and Vemb. On nights between Wednesday and Thursdays, trains are operated to Grenå, returning with German class Rilns-wagons for "Hydro Heat Transfor", Tønder. The train ran for the first time 8.-9. April 1999, again on 14.-15. April, and are due to run again tomorrow 21. April
    In connection with the private railway VLTJ, freight trips with tank wagons are run from Tønder to Vemb, from where VLTJ runs the wagons to the "Cheminova" chemical plant at Rønland. This train runs on Tuesdays, starting 13. April 1999.
    Also Grindsted and Sønderborg are served by PBS, Grindsted on Tuesdays and Sønderborg on Fridays
    However, the freight trains on the Viborg-Løgstør line has been abandoned, since there seems to be no future for the line. The last customer, "Løgstør Rør" is now being served by road.
    Finally, DSB MY 1116 has been purchased for spare parts (20. April 1999, source John Nissen, where You also can find more detailed timetables).

    LNJ DMU sold to VLTJ: Since the delivery of 4 Regiosprinter-type DMU's the 3 remaining "Lynette"-DMU's of Lyngby-Nærum Jernbane where withdrawn. The former LNJ Ym 17 has been sold to Vemb-Lemvig-Thyborøn Jernbane, where it has become VLTJ Ym 15. It was transferred from Zealand to the westcoast of Jutland on the 6. march by ØSJS Mx 41, which is on hire for VLTJ (15. march 1999, source dk.fritid.jernbaner).

    New freight wagons under delivery for DSB: DSB is currently having a number of large sliding-doors freight wagons delivered, being leased from AAE. So far I have spotted the numbers Habbillns 31 86 278 0 405-3 and 31 86 278 0 407-9 on the Copenhagen freight yard on the 18. february, but more wagons were "dropped" around the area on this day. The wagons are similar in design with the Hbbis & Hbbillns currently also on lease from AAE, with white areas for markings and the "DSB"-logo in red. The Habbillns-type has been built for AAE since 1996; apart from some wagons registered with AAE, I have also noted NSB and MÁV leased wagons of this class on lease from Ahaus-Alstätter Eisenbahn (23. february 1999).
    A total of 15 wagons has been leased, no's 31 86 278 0 400 - 414, being delivered directly from the manufacturer, DWA Niesky (26. february, thanks to Ole M. Nielsen).

    Bomb threats closes the Copenhagen Central station for more than six hours: Following a bomb threat at 13.05 on friday 19. february 1999, the whole Copenhagen Central station was shut down and all trains through here where suspended until 19.30 on the same day. All surburban traffic was stopped between Østerport and Dybbølsbro, while some regional- and Intercity services was allowed to use the southernmost platforms of the Central Station (23. february 1999, source: My own delay for more than one hour on returning from work, having to walk from the inner city of Copenhagen to Dybbølsbro and then avaiting the first S-train to arrive after half an hour...!).

    Four Regiosprinters to be delivered for LNJ: Following the collision inside (!) the Lyngby-Nærum Jernbane (LNJ) workshop in the northern suburbs of Copenhagen on 12. october 1998, the private railway signed a contract with german manufacturer Duewag on delivery of four Regiosprinter-type DMU's on the 29th of january. The four DMU's has been build in the summer of 1998, but grant for purchase hasn't been given until now. Ironically the crash made the buy of all four units possible, as repair of the LNJ Lm 21 would cost 11 mio. d.kr., while each of the four new units costs 10 mio. d. kr.!! Lm 21 will therefore be withdrawn. The new units Lm 22-25 will arrive in Denmark on 19. february and start operation on 26. february. The three remaining class Ym "Lynette" DMU's will all be stored in Jægersborg following the delivery of the new units; they are unlikely to be sold to other railway operators as they are wearn down. For a timetable of the arrival of the Lm 22-25 on 19. february, check out the railwaypage of John Nissen (16. february, source: John Nissen and dk.fritid.jernbaner)
    The 4 regiosprinters arrived at the depot of Jægersborg on the evening of the 19. february and are now to be tested for a week, before entering service (23. february 1999).
    The last train with class YM "Lynette"-DMU's ran today at LNJ and Lm 22-25 are now handling all traffic on the 11 km line from Jægersborg to Nærum. Due to the many cancelled trains in the last half year the line has lost 25% of its passengers, but hopefully it will regain some of its popularity with the new trains (26. february 1999, source TV2).

    More class MY to Eurotrack in Germany: MY 1138, and probably also MY 1131, was moved to Padborg some time in march, after being fitted with Indusi. Further details are unknown.
    Another pair of DSB class MY locomotives has been delivered to Eurotrack in Germany, the no's 1149 and 1151. 4. february they where tested between Copenhagen and Ringsted and then moved to Padborg in GD 42515 on the same day.
    The first two Eurotrack locomotives, 1147 & 1155, has apparently been moved to the former Siemens, now Vossloh, plant in Kiel-Friedrichsort. Eurotrack is a subsidiary of Vossloh, so this makes perfectly sence.
    Currently DSB MY 1131 is under repair and having INDUSI mounted on the Copenhagen Workshop, while 1125 and 1142 are under repair in Århus, before having the German security-system mounted in Copenhagen. A total of 10 class MY's is being leased to Eurotrack.
    MY's no. 1114, 1116 & 1119 are being scrapped for parts for the german locomotives (16. february 1999, sources John Nissen, Stephan Aller & dk.fritid.jernbaner).

    Round up of the DSB/PBS class MY's leased to Eurotrack:
    No. Test-run with Indusi Day Train no. Motive power
    PBS MY 1122
    DSB MY 1125
    DSB MY 1127 ? 25/02/1999 GD 42515 (Gb-Pa) ?
    DSB MY 1131 ? ? ? ?
    DSB MY 1138 ? ? march 1999 ? ?
    DSB MY 1142 ? 12/05/1999 G 40701 (Ar-Pa) ?
    DSB MY 1143 ? 12/05/1999 G 40701 (Ar-Pa) ?
    DSB MY 1147 10/12/1998 Gb-Rg-Gb 23/12/1998 GD 45725 (Gb-Pa) DSB EA 3005
    DSB MY 1149 04/02/1999 Gb-Rg-Gb 04/02/1999 GD 42515 (Gb-Pa) ?
    DSB MY 1151 04/02/1999 Gb-Rg-Gb 04/02/1999 GD 42515 (Gb-Pa) ?
    DSB MY 1155 10/12/1998 Gb-Rg-Gb 23/12/1998 GD 45725 (Gb-Pa) DSB EA 3005

    Direct Sweden to Copenhagen "Kustpilen" trains to be withdrawn: The "Kustpilen" IC/3-alike direct trains from Hässelholm, Sweden to Copenhagen is to be withdrawn from the 13. june 1999. During summer the trains will be replaced by locohauled coaches, but beyond that...? The reason for the trains now due to end in Helsingborg is lack of through passengers and the possible more economic use on lines within Sweden (25. january 1999, source dk.fritid.jernbaner).

    New freight timetable from 10. january 1999: On 10. january a new timetable for freighttrains where introduced with DSB. This now leaves only 3 daily class MY workings in Jutland, which can be found on a separate page. Several trains in Jutland has been cancelled; however on Zealand only minor differences where made. The new timetable is made in order to help the economic situation of DSB Gods, the DSB freight arm, which is suffering from severe economic problems (14. january 1999).

    First two class MY to Germany: The first two DSB class MY to be leased by German operator "Eurotrack" (see below), no.'s 1147 and 1155 was transported from Copenhagen to Padborg in DanLink freight train 45725, lead by class EA electric locomotive 3005 on the 23. December 1998. The two locos still retained their DSB livery and markings (30. december 1998, thanks to Jan Otto Munch Pedersen).
    In fact the locos where only moved to the danish border station Padborg, where they are stored now. They're expected to be moved to Germany on 9. january 1999. Probably they'd have to await permissions from the German rail authorities "EBA" (8. january 1999, source John Nissen).

    VLTJ ML 24 sold to "On Rail": The dieselhydraulic locomotive VLTJ ML 24 ran on its own power from Lemvig to Niebüll in Germany on the 22. october 1998, now painted in its new owners livery and numbered "On Rail 32". The loco was delivered as "Deutsche Solvay Werke no. 8" in 1969 from MaK with building no. 800161. It's a MaK type G 850 BB, with an MaK 6M 282 AK diesel engine with an output of 810 kW. 1980 the loco was sold to the danish private railway "Vemb-Lemvig-Thyborøn Jernbane", where it became VLTJ ML 14. 1990 it was renumbered as VLTJ ML 24. The loco has been used for freight trains on the railway line in the western part of Denmark, but since the delivery of a former DB V100 in 1989 it hasn't been much in use. The last couple of years it has been in store in Lemvig. "On Rail", a former part of MaK (now Vossloh, see below), bought the loco in the summer of 1998 and had the engine send to Germany for repair, then reinstalled the engine on spot in Lemvig. The future use of the loco is still unknown (22. dcember 1998, source "Jernbanen").
    Until march 1999 the loco is in use leased to Alunorf in Neuss, Germany (Source: Lok-Report 1/99).

    Thalys TGV tested in Denmark: 15. december 1998 danish railtrack authorities "Banestyrelsen" tested a french TGV Thalys high-speed trainset between Odense and Høje Taastrup. The trainset was lead by TGV unit 4342. It was hoped to make a new high speed record for Denmark when running across the Great Belt Bridge, but the authorities for railway security matters "Jernbanestyrelsen" did not allow more than 180 km/h running. Between Odense-Nyborg and Korsør-Høje Taastrup running at only 80 km/h was allowed, due to the lack of ATC (Automatic Train Protection, the danish security system on the main lines). It was planned to run to the new Airpost Station of Kastrup, but since the train had been delayed on its way through Germany it had to end in Høje Taastrup. Between the border station at Padborg and Odense it was planned that the trainset should have been hauled by DSB diesel MY 1135, but due to the delay it ran by its own power. The return trip from Høje Taastrup to Padborg was made behind DSB diesels ME 1510+MY 1135.
    "Banestyrelsen" had borrowed the trainset in order to promote high speed rail in Denmark, ending a seminar on future railway travels in Odense, in order to further cut down travel times between the major Danish cities. Danish State Railways (DSB) however are not keen on the idea. The current speed record in Denmark was made a couple of years ago by a class ER electric multiple unit reaching 203 km/h (15. December, updated 22. december 1998).

    Plans for Internordic freight company failed: Plans to make a common nordic freight company involving swedish, norwegian and Danish railway freight arms failed in November when Swedish SJ told they were no longer interested. Approximately one year ago SJ, NSB and DSB signed an agreement to form "Nordic Rail International", with operation beginning 1. January 1999, but SJ apparently wants to run more of the transit traffic on their own tracks instead of through Denmark. However it will probably be difficult for SJ to avoid the Øresund fixed link when completed in year 2000, linking Scandinavia directly to the rest of Europe (15. December 1998).

    10 class MY locomotives to be leased by German Operator: 10 of the DSB Nohab-GM built dieselelectrics class MY is to be leased by a German subsidiary of the Siemens. Apparently the locos will run ballast-trains between Itzehoe (NW of Hamburg) and Berlin. One locomotive, MY 1155, is already being restored for the work at the workshop of the Copenhagen Freight Yard, including fitting of the german INDUSI protection system, the loco should be ready for delivery in the week of 21.- 28th. September, other locos will follow every twice week (1. September, updated 21. September 1998, thanks to Jan Munch Pedersen)
    According to a German railway magazine the locos will run in multiple in both ends of large ballast trains, with two locos in spare for breakdowns. The operator is named "Eurotrack", a subsidiary of "Vossloh", a railway industry company (12. October 1998, sources Eisenbahn-Kurier and Horst Ebert).
    Two locomotives are still in the workshop of the Copenhagen Freight Yard, no.'s 1147 and 1155. Apparently the mounting of the German Indusi protection system takes longer than expected, and none of the locos has been delivered to Germany yet. The ten locos concerned will be no.'s 1125, 1127, 1131, 1138, 1142, 1143, 1149, 1151 and the two mentioned above (5. November 1998, thanks to Jan Munch Pedersen).
    MY 1147 & 1155 was tested on 10. December between Copenhagen and Ringsted. No locomotives has been delivered to "Eurotrack" yet (15. December 1998).

    New DMU's for LNJ in sight: Danish private railway operator Lyngby-Nærum Jernbane, which suffered a crash with two of its five DMU's recently (see below) is now likely to be granted finance to purchase of two new DMU's; likely to be of the Regiosprinter type like the LNJ Lm 21. New materiel has been wanted for several years, but only the accident has made the Danish Minister of Traffic Sonja Mikkelsen (Danish Labor Party Socialdemokratiet) interested in funding the new DMU's. She will now present the idea for the Danish parliament Folketinget. Funding would be 70 % by the state and the rest of 30 % by the local authorities (6. November 1998).

    New locomotives for the DSB: Delivery of the additional 5 class MK shunting locomotives for DSB has begun in early august, no. 621-623 already being noted on the Copenhagen Freight Yard. This will probably mean the end of the last 2 class MT dieselelectrics and the last 8 class MH dieselhydraulics in use for shunting. 20 class MK was originally delivered in 1996-1997 and the type has been a success, which lead to the order for another 5 locos in august 1997 from the German Siemens plant in Kiel (former MaK). The type has also been tested by Österreichische Bundesbahn (ÖBB) and Deutsche Bahn (DB-AG) as class 352 001-4. These tests ended in Rostock during the summer and this loco has probably been returned to the factory (august 1998).
    MK 624 has been delivered recently as well, and the four locomotives is now running in pairs at the Copenhagen freight yard, busy doing shunting workings (23. September 1998).
    Also the last loco MK 625 is now in use at the depot Belvedere in Copenhagen, also serving the Copenhagen Main Station. This has meant the farewell to the last class MH in ordinary use :-( (17. October 1998).
    Actually, a few class MH still remains in use, a few as last breakdown reserve, but also MH 374, still in daily use at the passenger wagon depot Belvedere, despite the delivery of a MK here some weeks ago. Apparently the personnel prefers the good old Frichs shunting locomotive (so do I!) (5. November 1998).

    Open house in Tønder: On the 26.september 1998 between 10-16 there will be an open house arrangement in the roundhouse of Tønder. Originally foreseen it should have included runnings with the preserved DSB MY 1105 in multiple with a PBS loco between Tønder and Skærbæk, exhibition of DB CARGO electric loco class 152 and DSB class EA as well as exhibition of various model railways, but MY 1105 has not been allowed yet and the electric locos cannot be transported to Tønder. Instead the diesel railcar MO 1848 will run two trips from Tønder to Bylderup Bov and NVAG DL 2 (originally DB class 211, but heavily rebuild) and a PBS class MY will be on display as well as some model railway layouts (15. september 1998, updated 23. september, source Jens W. Nielsen).

    HHJ DL 11 preserved by danish locomotive club KLK: The 1952 Frichs built dieselelectric locomotive HHJ DL 11 is to be preserved by KLK. The loco is one of the last of the famous "Marcipanbrød" (Marzipan Bar) still in use at the private railways, however it has not been used much in the last years. It was originally numbered HHJ M 3, but was reclassified as DL 11 in 1969. It has 2 Frichs 6185CA 6 cylinder engines and an output of 2 x 250 HP
    . Of 9 originally built "Marcipanbrød" locos, the 4 of them are still occasionally in use at the private railways: GDS L 1, LJ M 32, OHJ 24 and SB M 8. Other 4 has been preserved at various railway societies, meaning that all 9 has survived until this day (2. september 1998, more at KLK). On the photo: HHJ DL 11 in Odder, 14. may 1993. HHJ DL 11 photo

    10 class MY locomotives to be leased by German Operator: 10 of the DSB Nohab-GM built dieselelectrics class MY is to be leased by a German subsidiary of the Siemens. Apparently the locos will run ballast-trains between Itzehoe (NW of Hamburg) and Berlin. One locomotive, MY 1155, is already being restored for the work at the workshop of the Copenhagen Freight Yard, including fitting of the german INDUSI protection system (1. sept. 1998, thanks to Jan Munch Pedersen)

    New locomotives for the DSB: Delivery of the additional 5 class MK shunting locomotives for DSB has begun in early august, no. 621-623 already being noted on the Copenhagen Freight Yard. This will probably mean the end of the last 2 class MT dieselelectrics and the last 8 class MH dieselhydraulics in use for shunting. 20 class MK was originally delivered in 1996-1997 and the type has been a succes, which lead to the order for another 5 locos in august 1997 from the german Siemens plant in Kiel (former MaK). The type has also been tested by Österreichische Bundesbahn (ÖBB) and Deutsche Bahn (DB-AG) as class 352 001-4. These tests ended in Rostock during the summer and this loco has probably been returned to the factory (august 1998).

    Two Lyngby-Nærum Jernbane private line DMU's in crash: Early this morning two of the Lyngby-Nærum Jernbane(LNJ) DMU's crashed inside the workshop in Lyngby. The train leaving Jægersborg at 6.42 were due to a misplaced turnout lead into the sidings to the workshop and was not able to brake until it ran into the building, hitting another DMU! Three people were slightly injured, while the DMU's suffered damages at the front ends. The workshop building were damaged too. The DMU's invovled was the 1995-built Regiosprinter Lm 21 and Uerdingen "Lynette"-type Ym 20. With only 3 other Ym's in use this will give the railway line problems in maintaining the peak hour traffic in the morning and afternoon in the next weeks (12. october 1998).

    Copenhagen Airport Link inagurated: On the 27. septeber 1998 the new Copenhagen - Kastrup Airport Station line was inagurated by His Royal Highness Crownprince Frederik. A special train of 3 class ER-trainsets ran the 12 km's Copenhagen-Kastrup Airport, departure from Københavns Hovedbanegård at 10.15. The first official train for passengers left from Copenhagen Main Station at 13.00 hours, arriving in Kastrup at 13.12 after a stop at Tårnby, the other station on the new Copenhagen - Kastrup Airport link. The Ørestaden station will not be serviced yet, although it has already been built - there is still no estate in the near area! The new line is later to become part of the Copenhagen - Malmö (Sweden) fixed Link across the Øresund, which is to open in the summer of year 2000. On the day of opening trains ran for free for the public between 13.00 and 18.05. Normal operation starts monday morning 28. september with connections from regional services from Helsingør and Roskilde as well as Intercitytrains from Jutland/Funen. Pictures from the inaguration can be found in the photo gallery (27. september 1998).

    DSB Freigh is to shut down operation on 75 stations: During august danish news reported that the DSB Freight arm DSB Gods wants to end the service at 75 stations across Denmark, including the 3 mixed cargo stations in Nykøbing F., Odense and Padborg. However, the political opposition in the danish Folketing wants the traffic minister Sonja Mikkelsen to reconcider the decision. Recently DSB Gods stated, that this rumour is an error, due to the international index of stations in operation no longer containing these stations. Fact is however still that the 3 cargo centres mentioned above is to close and operation on many stations has been heavily downgraded the recent years, only cartloads of 10 cars or more being dispatched. (August 1998, updated 1. sept. 1998)

    DSB class MY still in use: Two class MY Nohab-GM locomotives has been put back in service, no's 1147 and 1151 returned to the depot of Århus in the middle of july. A plan of the current MY workings can be found here. The danish shortline operator also operates 5 former class MY locos and 6 locos has been exported to different swedish shortline operators (august 1998).

       Finland

    20 new locomotives class Sr2 ordered: Finnish Railways VR has ordered another batch of class Sr2 electric locomotives to be delivered from ADtranz, with delivery from 2001 and onwards. The locomotives are identical to the SBB Re460/465, BLS Re465 & NSB El.18 family, except for the gauge being 1524 mm., as usual in Finland (14. january 1999, source www.njk.no).

        Germany: Deutsche Bahn AG (DB) & private railways

    NEG V170 in Flechtingen: Saturday 11. December 1999 NEG V 170 1125, 1127, 1143, 1147 and 1149 where seen in Flechtingen, Germany, with hoppers for ballast-trains, while 1143 was being repaired in Braunschweig (21. December 1999, source Ulf Häger).

    New DB & NS Cargo corporation: "Railion" is the new name of the freight partnership between Cargo DB and NS. Headquarter is in Mainz and is owned 94% by DBAG and 6% of NS. "Railion" owns 133.600 freight wagons and 4785 locomotives. The new corporation was presented on 16. September 1999, when NS locomotives 6496+6497 and brandnew DB 152 073-3 along with 5 freight wagons ran through the "door of the Fusion". "Railion" currently operates 7.000 Freight trains with app. 1 Mio. tonnes of freight each day (17. September 1999, source Lok-Report)

    25 years S-Bahn in Rostock: On 25. September the celebration of the 25 years of S-Bahn in Rostock will take place in Warnemünde. There will be historic and modern stock on display and a discussion of the S-bahn in the future. Today 200 trains runs daily on the 83 km S-bahn lines, in 1998 was transported 8,9 Mio. passengers (17. September 1999, source Lok-Report)

    New class 189 ordered: On 1. September 19999 DB Cargo ordered 100 multivoltage "Euro-locomotives" for freight workings, to be a new class 189. The locomotives will be based on the DB BR 152 (of which 195 locomotives are currently under delivery) and will be delivered by Siemens/Krauss-Maffei-Lokomotivtechnik. They will have an output of 6.400 kW, max. speed 140 km/h and be able to run on most European voltage- and security-systems, including the new ETCS (European Train Control System). Designed with four-system capability, which enables them to be used with various power and track systems, these new locomotives will be suitable for cross-border operation throughout Europe. (17. September 1999, source DB-Cargo and Siemens)

    Class 66 going to Germany?!: Two locomotives GM-Type JT42CWR for Europe (Class 66) has been seen at the GM-EMD in London, Ontario plant in different livery and markings than the ones being used by UK operators EWS and Freightliner. The locos where in "bright red scheme, including the ends and a small lettering DE 61", suggesting a possible use by German operator HGK (Häfen und Güterverkehr Köln). The DB 259 003 "Yeoman Highlander" class 59 has been tested by HGK earlier on. Other possibly interested in the GM's could be NSB who desperately need new diesels after the Di6-disaster. (17. August 1999, source Lok-Report).

    Ex. DSB class MY to work BOB passenger trains out of München!!!: Four NEG V170 (ex. DSB MY) has been hired by the Bayerische Oberlandbahn GmbH (BOB), apparently to work passenger trains from München on the München Hbf - Holzkirchen - Schaftlach - Bad Tölz - Lengries, Schaftlach - Tegernsee and Holzkirchen - Schliersee - Bayrischzell lines. According to press releases today the "Integral" DMU's VT 101-117 build by Jenbacher Werken, Austria, appears to be so unreliable that hauled workings with leased stock from EisenbahnKurier and DBAG will be used instead. Yesterday the four dieselelectrics NEG V170 1151/1155/1149/1147 ran Lz 80920 Neuwittenbek - Lenggries, the locos repainted in the blue/silver livery as below. (1. July 1999, source Sven Ullrich).

    The following peak-hour trains are supposed to be run by the NoHABS:

    Mon-Thu: Lenggreis 06:52 DNR 81506 07:59 München Hbf
      München Hbf 15:49 DNR 81431 16:16 Holzkirchen
      Holzkirchen 16:22 DNR 81432 16:48 München Hbf
      München Hbf 16:57 DNR 81535 18:04 Lenggreis
    Fri: Lenggreis 06:52 DNR 81506 07:59 München Hbf
      München Hbf 13:49 DNR 81423 14:16 Holzkirchen
      Holzkirchen 14:22 DNR 81426 14:48 München Hbf
      München Hbf 14:57 DNR 81527 16:04 Lenggreis

    20. July 1999, source: Drehscheibe 

    Apparently the coaches leased from Eisenbahn-Kurier was returned again on 16. July since the test-runnings where un-succesfull. Two class MY's had been sandwiching the trains, but where not powerful enough to haul the wagons + the other loco. If the timetable where to be kept both locos had to be working, but that would mean the coaches being fitted with the 12-core ITC cable used by DSB. So until now, BOB is still looking for wagons for the München - Schliersee and München - Lenggries lines. The "Integral"-DMU's are still making problems (23. July 1999, source Lok-Report).

    Tuesday evening 21. july, three NEG V170 NOHABs were at Würzburg heading to Holzkirchen and use on the BOB:
    [NEG] V 170.1142 (red nose)
    [NEG] V 170.1131 (blue nose)
    [NEG] V 170.1143 (entire dark-red, Danish crown on the Side).
    Three NOHABs which are already there will return back north to Kiel (23. July 1999, source Philip Wormald).

    On July 30, the following ex DSB MY were standing at Lenggries:
    NEG V 170 1131 silver-blue, REV 10.3.99
    NEG V 170 1143 museum loco original brown painting, REV 15.3.99
    NEG V 170 1151 silver-blue
    On the same day, a red-silver V170 stood at Holzkirchen. (17. August 1999, Jens-Peter Dehne).

    Notice that another private railway line, the Bodensee-Oberschwaben-Bahn in Switzerland is also using the abbreviation "BOB" and has been doing so for many years - just to avoid confusion! (23. July 1999, source Sebastian Ttuschick).
    Well, it turns out I've been confused anyway!!! There are even 3 railways using the BOB abbreviation:
    1. in Switzerland "Berner Oberlandbahnen" on their own 1000mm network from Interlaken to the south and - just a few years old - 2. in Germany "Bodensee-Oberschwaben-Bahn" as a local operator on DB's tracks Friedrichshafen - Aulendorf. Thanks to Horst Ebert for clearing this out! (17. August 1999).

    6 "Silberlinge"-type coaches has been now leased from DBAG to work with the NEG V170's, the first tests took place on the 27. August. DBAG are negotiating with BOB on bying a part of the company. (28. August 1999, source Lok-Report)

    BOB "Bahntag": Two of the NEG V170's will be working special trains as follows on the Bayerischen Oberlandbahn on saturday 11. September 1999:

      Fahrt 1 Fahrt 3
    Holzkirchen 12.00 14.21
    Darching 12.06 -
    Miesbach 12.15 14.45
    Agatharied 12.18 14.48
    Hausham 12.21 -
    Schliersee 12.24 14.52
      Fahrt 2 Fahrt 4
    Schliersee 13.05 15.05
    Hausham - -
    Agatharied - -
    Miesbach 13.16 15.16
    Darching - -
    Holzkirchen 13.28 15.28

    Possibly, there will be a München-Holzkirchen run in the morning and return in the evening as well.

    The NEG V170 1143 in original colors will be used with another ex. MY in the other end. The coaches will be "Silberlinge" regional stock in original silver colors. As BOB is negotiating with DB Regio about use of class 218 dieselhydraulics, it is possible that this will be the only public workings of the MY's at BOB. (6. September 1999, source Lok-Report).

    NEG ex. DSB class MY repainted: Norddeutsche Eisenbahngesellschaft (NEG), part of the Vossloh group, has repainted the first of its 10 DSB class MY Nohab-built diesels (see above), MY 1125, in a handsome white/blue livery. The locomotive now carries the number NEG V170 1125. On 5. june it was on display at the workshop in Uetersen. Two days earlier on 3. june Sven Ullrich took these two photos, when it worked a freight in Tornesch together with NEG 01 (MaK diesel). Thanks to Sven for these wonderfull pictures!!

    NEG V170 1125
    NEG V 170 1125

    15. june 1999, source Sven Ullrich and Lok-Report

    NORDDEUTSCHE EISENBAHNGESELLSCHAFT NEG (ex Uetersener Eisenbahn) details:
    Line: Uetersen - Tornesch, length 4km
    Lokomotives:
    1'' MaK 240B, stored
    1''' MaK G500C ex Hydro Agri Brunsbüttel, currently being restored
    2 Köf II
    01 MaK 240B, MaK 1960 Nr. 220061 ex MaK-Werklok
    02 MaK 240B, MaK 1962 Nr. 220095 ex Bayer Brunsbüttel
    V170 1125 "Ketty" ex DSB MY1125
    V170 1127 "Anja" ex DSB MY1127
    V170 1131 "Malene" ex DSB MY1131
    V170 1138 "Penille" ex DSB MY1138
    V170 1142 "Helle" ex DSB MY1142
    V170 1143 "?" ex DSB MY 1143
    V170 1147 "Mirjam" ex DSB MY1147
    V170 1149 "Kirsten" ex DSB MY1149
    V170 1151 "Isabella" ex DSB MY1151
    V170 1155 "Chanette" ex DSB MY1155
    Totally 10 former MY-Locomotives of the DSB was rebuild byDSB and Vossloh (VST) in Neuwittenbek for the NEG. For workings in Germany they where equipped with Indusi I60R, Zugfunk MESA2002 and a electrical heating generator of 400kW (28. August 1999, source Jens-Peter Dehne)

    Use of class 103 to Austria will end in may: Following introduction of Austrian locomotive drivers for the DBAG class 101, use of the beautiful class 103 to Wien Westbahnhof will probably end on 29. may this year. Initial problems with class 101 disturbing the ÖBB signaling systems made the route to Wien class 103-land for a couple of years longer than originally planned, but these problems now seems to be solved. Locomotive 101 040-4 is currently used for education in Wien (15. march 1999, source Lok-Report/Philip Wormald).

     

    Former Deutsche Reichsbahn class 142 diesels back in service: Four of the originally six DR class 142, since 1992 class 242 dieselelectric locomotives are likely to go back in service - with private industries. The locos did their last workings on the steep grade from the harbor of Sassnitz to the Sassnitz city station until they where withdrawn in 1995. They will be re-enginered with 3000 kW engines by ADtranz, Kassel before going back into service.
    The six locos was the most powerful diesels of the former Deutsche Reichsbahn, a high-powered 2940 kW version of the numerous class 232, built by soviet "October Revolution", Woroschilowgrad (former Lugansk). When withdrawn the argument where there were no use of such powerful locos. A few years later it seems remarkable however that several class 232 has been re-enginered with more powerful diesels - the 232 800 and the soon following 232 801-805, all equipped with new Kolomna 2-5 D 49 M engines!
    The class 232 locomotives with the new engines will be reclassified as Baureihe 241, with their original numbers retained, as follows (the numbers in brackets being the original planned numbers as subclass 232.8):

    241 008-2, ex. 232 008 (232 803) - October Revolution 0198/1973
    241 237-7, ex. 232 800, ex. 232 237 - October Revolution 0450/1975
    241 338-3, ex. 232 338 (232 805) - October Revolution 0553/1976
    241 353-2, ex. 232 353 (232 801) - October Revolution 0588/1976
    241 449-8, ex. 232 449 (232 802) - October Revolution 0685/1976
    241 697-2, ex. 232 697 (232 804) - October Revolution 0978/1981
    (Updated 22. december 1998, Source: Lok-Report homepage).

    DR 242 003-2 + 242 006-5 in Sassnitz
    Closeup pf DR 242 003-2

    Initially a sample loco where built in 1974, displayed in Leipzig in 1975, but then returned to the builder. The six locos where built between 1976 and 1978 and where to be used in heavy passenger- and freight services. They where allocated to the Stralsund depot. Delivery of more engines where not made, due to the ongoing electrification of the main lines of Eastern Germany. Below is a list of the locos, one of them (I'm not sure which one at the moment, please mail me if you have any information) is preserved by a group of DB-AG employees.

    Original Deutsche Reichsbahn Number Builder number Year Renumbered from 01.01.1992 Deutsche Bahn AG from 01.01.1993 Z + ++.
    142 001-7 0001 1976 242 001-6 242 001-6   1995  
    142 002-5 0002 1976 242 002-4 242 002-4   1995  
    142 003-3 0003 1977 242 003-2 242 003-2   1995  
    142 004-1 0004 1977 242 004-0 242 004-0   1995  
    142 005-8 0005 1978 242 005-7 242 005-7   1995  
    142 006-6 0006 1978 242 006-5 242 006-5   1995  
    (Sources: Own notes, Todays Railways 35 and Borchert, Fritz and Kirsche, Hans-Joachim: Lokomotiven
    der Deutschen Reichsbahn : Ellok, Diesellok und Triebwagen 1945 bis heute. - Berlin: Transpress, 1986).

     

    Passenger traffic to be closed on 13 lines in Sachsen-Anhalten: Early december it was announced that passenger traffic on 250 km of railway lines in Sachsen-Anhalten is to be closed during 1999. S-A has been known as retaining lots of less profitable lines, but apparantly this isn't the case any longer. The lines are: Loburg-Altengrabow, Güsen-Siesar, Güsen-Jerichow, Genthin-Jerichow, Schönhausen-Jerichow, Haldesleben-Eilsleben, Haldesleben-Weferlingen, Schönebeck-Blumenberg, Blumenberg-Egeln, Elbingerode-Königshütte, Grosskorbetha-Deuben, Querfurt-Vitzenburg and Zeitz-Osterfeld (22. december 1998, source Lok Report 1/1999).

    Siemens Schienenfahrzeugtechnik GmbH Kiel sold to Vossloh: The German locomotive builder Siemens Fahrzeugtechnik GmbH, Kiel, has been sold to Railway Technical equipment company Vossloh AG. Siemens took over the factory of Machinen Aktienbau Kiel (MaK) six years ago, but has had some misfortune (to say it mild) with the delivery of 12 dieselelectric locomotives for the Norwegian State Railways, NSB, the class Di.6. However, other products, like the NSB class Di.8, DSB class MK shunters and industrial shunters for many German industries, has proven successful. Vossloh AG, by now employing 1900 people, has taken over the Siemens Plant employing 350 people in Kiel and 40 in the service-center in Moers. The company will expand the range of dieselhydraulic locomotives and delivery of 90 such for the Belgian railways SNCB will soon begin and go on to 2003. The company will also expand in the fields of maintaining, modernize and build dieselhydraulic locomotives. It is believed that a subsidiary of Vossloh AG, Eurotrack, will lease up to 10 DSB class MY dieselelectrics for ballast trains in the northern Germany (see Denmark above) (6. November 1998, source Gunnar Meisner).

    "Neubaustrecke" Berlin - Hannover opening: On the 15. september Bundeskanzler Helmuth Kohl inagurated the NBS Berlin - Hannover via Stendal. A ICE-trainset ran a special train at speeds up to 306 km/h. From the timetable change 27. september 63 ICE, a Intercity and 10 Interregio trains will operate the line daily. Only from 14th of december regional services will start (18. september, source Lok-Report)

    Class 611 "Neitech" tilting DMU's banned by EBA: All 49 class 611 of the DB-AG has been banned from operation by the EBA (German Railway Authorities) due to (yet another) technical problem with the connection between bogies and the carbodies. The routes affected includes Koblenz - Giessen, Koeln - Trier - Saarbruecke,n Saarbruecken - Mainz - Frankfurt, Kaiserslautern - Neustadt(Wstr) - Karlsruhe, Heidelberg - Eberbach/Sinsheim - Heilbronn and (Stuttgart-) Tuebingen - Sigmaringen (-Aulendorf/Ulm) on which locohauled trains have replaced them. The trains has been built by the german Adtranz, using german tilting technology, but has never been running steady. The first generation tilting DMU's class 610, equipped with FIAT-technology, has no problems. It seems that the DMU's has reentered to traffic, but with their maximumspeed reduced to 120 km/h and readjustment to the tilting mechanism to be made. (15. september 1998, updated 21. september).

    More than 100 class 101 electrics has been delivered: More than 100 of the powerfull class 101 electric high speed locomotives has now been delivered to DB AG. This has not lead to the withdrawal of the class 103, as feared, since these has been moved from Intercity workings to Interregional- and other services. Also the tragical accident at Eschede meant a short comeback for some of the class 103's, being used for replacement trains of hauled coaches of IC and IR stock (august 1998).

    DB orders 400 two-system electric locomotives: DB-Cargo has ordered 400 class 185 two-system electric locomotives from Adtranz, a type derived from the class 145 electrics. The locos will be used for cross-border workings to France, Belgium and Denmark. The order is actually the coinage of an option for 320 class 145, which DB-Cargo actually not needed! (august 1998).

        Hungary: Magyar Államvasutak (MÁV)

    M 61 news: M61 020 has been painted into the old striped livery, given the bogies of M61 002 and is shortly going to enter service again from Tapolca. Meanwhile M61 002 has the old bogies off M61 020, but the two centre axles missing. Despite hopes that this engine could be repaired using parts from the ill-fated M61 004, it now looks like this is the end of another NOHAB. M61 020 is again a bit different from the colours of 004/010, but still not exactly like what the old livery really used to be. And the stripes are not very nicely finished at all. The way they curve on the nose is also problematic.

    M61 019 is still not in service, but should also be repaired soon.

    M61 006 still restricted to 3 cars and runs on line 26a. However, in the last 3 days many trains that were previously hauled here by M47/M61 have been supplemented by Bzmots, so take care!

    M61 010 is in service and so is M61 001. However, M61 001 will be taken to the museum roundhouse now being created in Budapest in around October, so get your miles off it while you can. The engine will then (according to current plans) work on charter trains only.

    Traction motors from the bogie of M61 020 will go under M61 019, thus there will again be 3 NOHABs available for work on line 29. A 4th one will work the Szombathely-Pecs service as far as Kaposvar, as before. These engines are M61 001/010/019/020. (5. august 1999, source Joo Ferenc).

    Nohab M 61 004 crashed: MÁV Nohab/GM-diesel M61 004 crashed on the evening of 4. june, as it ran into a tree north of Badacsonylabdihegy on the Tapolca-Szekesfehervar line. The loco was thrown upwards and ended laying on the side across the trackbed. The damage was severe, but luckily no-one was killed. M 61 004 will probably never be rebuilt. Unfortunately, this loco had been repainted into its original look. More info on the M61-page. (15. june 1999).

        Norway: Norske Statsbaner (NSB)

    NSB Diesel news: NSB Di.3 628 has recently been overhauled at Marienborg, while Di.3 619 will soon have its engine replaced. All class Di.3 locomotives still in service will get double upper headlights using spare parts from the parked locomotives of this class. The locomotives Di.3 604/607/608/611/ 613, which are stored in the Steinberg tunnel near Marienborg Works will be taken into the Engine Works and all usable parts will be marked. Di.4 655 is now in service again after a serious derailment near Laksfors on 17. December 1998. Finally Di.4 652 is undergoing main overhaul (17. September 1999, source NJK).

    NSB Di3 breakdown & new shunters: NSB Di.3 619 failured with a broken engine on 13. August. Also Di.3 615 has a broken engine after a similar incident, so the two locomotives are now in store. Di.3 628 is almost complete after a main overhaul and is expected to be back in traffic during September.

    The Swedish Railways (SJ) has sold 15 shunters of class Z66 (numbers 591, 592, 594-599, 601, 603-605, 608, 610 and 611) to NSB. The locomotives will get the norwegian class id Skd.226 with new running numbers. (28. August 1999, source NJK)

    GM gathering at "The Days of the Diesel 99" in Hamar: Probably THE event of the year will take place in Hamar, Norway during 7-8. august and is called "The Days of the Diesel 99", arranged by GM-Gruppen in association with the Norwegian Railroad Museum and the Norwegian State Railways. It will display 10 - 15 locomotives from Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Hungary. On top of that GM/EMD will participate in the event by sending their representative who will give a seminar on diesel-technology on the evening of saturday 7 august. The event will feature special trains as well as a locomotive-parade on sunday 08 august. An excursion train headed by G12 7707 will take participants from Oslo - Hamar on saturday 7. august and return back after the closing of the arrangement on sunday 8. august. All railfans welcome. More info on the homepage of GM-gruppen (9. june 1999, source Bjorn Bratz).

    Di6 dispute finally to an end: The long-on-going dispute over the Siemens class Di6, originally planed to be delivered to NSB in 1992 has finally come to an end. At 5. may NSB "got the money back" (485 mio n. kr) and returned the remaining 11 locos (of 12 delivered) to Siemens. The locos will be leased out to Eurpean Operators; with many new German shortline operators screaming for powerfull locomotives for freight workings, it probably won't be hard to find use for the locos.

    Meanwhile the class Di3 NOHAB-GM's is still going strong with up to 20 still in use with freight traffic. NSB is now to invite for tenders for a new batch of diesels; rumours will that they are interested in the British EWS class 66 General Motors diesels, of which 250 is currently being delivered (18. may 1999, source www.njk.no).

    The Di6 diesels has now been shipped back to Germany, from where Siemens in Wegberg-Wildenrath will make repairs and then lease the locos to German operators (8. june 1999, source Lok-Report).

     

    Class Di.6 trial in the summer: The trial in which NSB is claiming Siemens Verkehrstechnik for damages on the misbehaving class Di.6 diesels is starting in june 1999. NSB is claiming Siemens for 500 mio n. kr. The original contract from 1992 was for 480 mio. n. kr. Since Di.6 664 catched on fire, the remaining 11 locomotives are stored at Marienborg in Trondheim and used for a Trondheim-Støren service once a month, in order not to damage the locos totally (23. february 1999, source NJK).

    Di3.624 withdrawn after accident: Arriving to Bodø on the 26. November 1998 NSB NOHAB-GM's Di3 624+603 did not stop as planned but continued into a rail buffer in front of the railway station. Di3.624 ended up in a 30 degree angle and suffered major damages, and has later been withdrawn. Di3.603 was repaired at site and is back in traffic (15. December 1998, source www.njk.no).

    The station of Namsos

    Namsosbanen branch line to lose its traffic: The Namsosbanen freight only line from Grong to Namsos is to lose its traffic from the new year due to the poor state of the track. By now the line is served by 3 freighttrains per week, having lost its passenger-services many years ago (17. October 1998, source: www.njk.no).

    Gardermo Airport Line opened: On the 8. october the new airport-line from Oslo to Gardermo was opened, using the brand-new "Flytoget" class 71. It has turned out to be 3,1 billion nkr. more expensive than planed, the total price being 10,5 billion nkr. Original budget was 7,4 billion. This means that the railway line is more expensive than the Airport of Gardermoen itself. The price however includes the upgrade of the existing Hovedbanen and Drammensbanen railway lines and modernization of rolling stock. (17. october 1998, source: www.njk.no).

    Gardermo Airport Line almost 50% more expensive than planed: The building of the new airport line from Oslo to Gardermo has turned out to be 3,1 billion nkr. more expensive than planed, the total price being 10,5 billion nkr. Original budget was 7,4 billion. This means that the railway line is more expensive than the Airport of Gardermoen itself. The price however includes the upgrade of the existing Hovedbanen and Drammensbanen railway lines and modernization of rolling stock. The new Airport trains will start operating from the 8. october 1998, the trains however still awaits the approval of the Jernbanetilsynet, the norwegian railway inspection (1. september 1998, source: www.njk.no).

    NSB returns 11 class Di6 dieselelectrics: In june 1998 NSB decided to return the 11 (of originally 12) class Di6 dieselelectrics to the Siemens factory in Kiel, as the type has not been able to run properly during the last couple of years. This means that up to 20 class Di3 still soldiers on, along with the 5 class Di4, mainly around Trondheim and on the Nordlandsbanen. The class Di8, also built by Siemens in Kiel behaves well, these locos being derived from the well-proven NS class 6400 (august 1998).

        Sweden: Statens Jarnvägar (SJ) & private railways

    New locos ordered for LKAB: 9 new locomotives has been ordered by LKAB at Adtranz Sweden. The locos will be hauling ore trains for MTAB, Malmtrafik i Kiruna AB, on the lines Malmberget - Luleå and Kiruna - Narvik, and will be replacing the old class Dm3. The locos will be articulated and have the wheel arrangement Co'Co'+Co'Co', with an output of 10.800 kW and a maximum speed of 80 km/h. Total weight will be 360 tonnes. The loco is based on the Octeon class of Adtranz. A prototype locomotive will be delivered in August 2000 and the remaining eight locomotives will be delivered between 2002 and 2004. Adtranz Sweden will be responsible for project management and final assembly, while manufacturing will be performed in close co-operation with Adtranz Switzerland, which will also supply most of the components (source: NJK).



    DSB class MZ on testing in Sweden: DSB class MZ no. 1440 is currently on hire for hauling paper trains, replacing two SJ class T44. The loco is situated at Vännäs depot, and will probably be used on the lines to Haparanda and Hoting. The loco is to be tested for its behavior in cold weather conditions and will be borrowed until the end of the year. If it proves to be a succes, up to ten locos class MZ series III may be leased by the SJ, since a deal between DSB and Iran wasn't signed at the deadline on 1st of september. The locos are no longer to be used with DSB after the decline in use of diesel locomotives since the innaguration of the fixed link belt across the Great Belt, and although the MZ series III is not the oldest loco class in use with DSB, it has shown some weaknesses in the latter years. (16. september, updated 18. september, source Philip Wormald and Urban Frederiksson).

     

        Poland

    PKP to be put on sale in 2000/2001: Poland's state treasury will begin the privatisation of the Polish State Railways PKP in late 2000 or early 2001, as part of the PKP overhaul programme. The firm will be turned into a joint stock company owned by the treasury on January 1, 2000, and later split into firms in charge of rail infrastructure, passenger and freight transport, as in other European Community countries. German railways Deutsche Bahn and U.S. company Wisconsin Central Transportation has expressed initial interest in taking part in the privatisation of PKP. The polish government would discuss a bill on restructuring PKP, which hopes to cut its loss to 879 million zlotys ($221 million) in 1999 from last year's 1.3 billion zlotys. The railways' restructuring envisages slashing 35,000 of its current 212,000 jobs by mid-2000 and selling off assets unrelated to its core business. PKP's high losses stem from unprofitable passenger transport, for which it says its receives too little state aid, declining revenues from coal transport, high costs and outmoded equipment. (9. june 1999, source KolejeList, the Polish railways mailing list).

     

        Belgium

    Class 52/53/54 extra workings: Due to the August 11th eclipse (which in Belgium is best viewed from the South West of the country) SNCB will be running various extra trains and will strengthen others. Of interest an Oostende - Virton extra is expected to be powered by a Class 51, while booked trains on the Athus - Meuse line are to be formed of M2 stock with Class 52/53/54 power (5. august 1999, tim@wwfc232.freeserve.co.uk ).

        The Netherlands

    Class 1100 electrics back in service: NS class 1100 electrics, of which the last locos where withdrawn in the first half of 1998, has been put back to service following problems with class 1600 and slow modifications to class 1700. Since 1. November they run a diagram covering the 19xx trains between Den Haag and Venlo. The locos in use is believed to be no.'s 1110, 1115, 1122, 1132, 1142, 1144, 1145 & 1152 (5. November 1998, sources Todays Railways 35 and Lok-Report).

        Austria

    Narrow gauge lines under threat: Österreichische Bundesbahn ÖBB is to shut down freight operation on the Mariazellerbahn St. Pölten - Mariazell and Obergrafendorf - Wieselburg as well as the Pinzgauerbahn Zell am See - Krimml narrow gauge lines by the end of 1998. In 1999 withdrawal on the lines Gmünd - Litschau and Gmünd - Gross Gerungs and the Ybbstalbahn Waidhofen/Ybbs - Lunz/Ybbsitz will follow. This will also threaten the passenger trafic on these lines, as these will be charged all operation costs, including track access charges (Todays Railways 34).

        France

    UK diesel locomotives to work in France: UK Class 37s Nr. 37133, 37238, 37515, 37672, 37693 have been moved to the Avignon Depot in France, in order to work with the new TGV Mediterranee line, to be build and ready by 2001. A total of 43-50 class 37's are supposed to be moved to France.

    Tracklaying for the TGV Mediterranee starts this summer and for the next year as much as 150 diesel locomotives are needed for this work. Besides the 37's lots of SNCF class BB 63000, BB 66000, BB 67000, 40 class BB 62400 (ex. NS class 2400), 25 class A1A A1A 68000 and the last 18 CC 65500 will be used. Rumours of lease of German class 201/202 (ex DR V100) has also been mentioned, but apperantly the 37's has been chosen (23. July 1999, source Lok-Report).

        Model Railways

    OHJ coaches from Lima: Two new coaches, OHJ Bnm 72 and Bnm 283 has been released from Italian manufacturer Lima in 1:87 scale. The original coaches where bought from german operator "Apfelpheil", who bought them for use in tourist trains. Originally they where build for the allied forces in Germany.(Sources dk.fritid.jernbaner).

    DB-Cargo Roos 642 from Piko: Piko has released a new model of DB-AG bogie-freight wagon class Roos 642, which is often seen in freight trains Denmark, together with the type Snps 719, delivering tree to "Junckers" in Køge from Germany and Poland. The wagon is livered in the red "DB Cargo" outline (21. December 1999, sources Eisenbahn-Kurier 12/1999 and Piko).

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