Jernbanenyheder I. kvartal 2000

        Headlines: European Railway News
    • Denmark: Class EG testings in Germany and Czechia - Øresundstog delay - Derailment at Valby - Class MY withdrawals - Last class MH to be withdrawn - "DSB Gods" to be joined with "Railion" - DSB Class MZ rebuilds - New operators on danish tracks - S-bane station closures - Hurricane hits Denmark and stops train traffic - DSB class MY update - DSB proposes coorporation with private railways on branch lines - Last DSB class MT out of use
    • Germany: Class 424 not ready for "Expo 2000" - Last "Ferkeltaxen"-workings in M-V - NEG V170 in Flechtingen
    • Hungary: M61 news - Nohab M 61 004 crashed
    • Norway: Head-on crash 4. January on the Røros-line - NSB Diesel news
    • Sweden : Private operators take over
    • Model railways: OHJ coaches from Lima - DB-Cargo Roos 642 from Piko.

        Denmark: Danske Statsbaner (DSB) & private railways

    Class EG testings in Germany and Czechia: DSB class EG 3101 dual-voltage electric locomotive was seen on the Münchener Nordring-line on 22. January, hauling two measuring coaches and two class 152 locos. EG 3102 will be moved to the Czech Republic for testings on 25 kV/50 Hz currency in the forthcomming weeks (30. January 2000, source dk.fritid.jernbaner and Lok-Report)

    Øresundstog delay: Delivery of the Adtranz-build "Øresundstog" for DSB and SJ will be delayed, so that the planned 10 units will not be ready for the inaguration of the Øresund fixed link on 1. July 2000. Some swedish Y2K and danish IC/3-DMU's will be fitted with danish/swedish ATC until enough new EMU's has been deliverd (30. January 2000, source DSB).

    Derailment at Valby: 18. January 2000 around 19.00 one of the new S-bane EMU's class SA-SB-SC-SD derailed between Enghave and Valby. Set -10 was hauling the defunkt set -07, which where completely derailed when passing a turnout. However the derailment took place around 1,4 km's before, so the damages was severe and the line had to be closed for several days. (27. January 2000, source DSB and dk.fritid.jernbaner. See pictures here).

    Class MY withdrawals: The "small" timetable change on 8. January 2000 brought the withdrawal/storage of the following class MY diesellocos: MY 1145, 1146, 1148, 1150, 1152 and 1153. However, observations suggests that MY 1152 will remain in use. Only 1154 and 1156-1159 are still in use in Jutland working the Grenå, Hørning, Vejle and Horsens freight trains.

    MY 1154 has been equipped with a center-mounted coupler to haul ER-class EMU's to Adtranz/Randers for mounting of electronic info-system when used in Intercity-trains, and will haul the trains
    M 7905 Fredericia-Randers Mondays 5/3-27/5 + 2/5, not 17/4, 22/4, 1/5 and 20/5:
    Fredericia 01:00 - Århus G 02:14-02:44 - Randers 03:22
    M 7428 Randers-Fredericia, fridays 5/3-27/5:
    Randers 07:05 - Århus G 07:40/08:10 - Fredericia 09:20. (11. January 2000)

    In addition DSB MY 1126 ("grafitti"-livery) is still used for the rescue train in Århus, while MY 1135 is used by "DSB Materiel, Laboratoriet" for measurement trains.
    MY 1126, 1145, 1150 and 1153 is kept as spare locos in Århus from 9. January (12. January 2000, source dk.fritid.jernbaner)

    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:
    : 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).


        Germany: Deutsche Bahn AG (DB) & private railways

    Class 424 not ready for "Expo 2000": The new Adtranz-build EMU's class 424 will not be ready for the "Expo 2000" in Hannover this year, as there are too many errors in the type which cannot be fixed in time. So far 6 class 143 electrics has been transferred to Braunschweig, while other EMU's will be transferred from Baden-Würtemberg and Bavaria (27. January 2000, source Lok-Report).

    Last "Ferkeltaxen" in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern: The DB class 772 "Ferkeltaxen"-DMU's will end operation in Meckelburg-Vorpommern at the timetable change in May 2000, as class 628.4 will take over their last duties on the Schwerin - Rhena, Waren - Ludwigslust and Neustrelitz - Mirow lines. (12. January 2000, source Lok-Report)

    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).

        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)

    Head-on crash 4. January on the Røros-line: A head-on crash occurred on the 4. January 2000 at 13.20 near Åsta between Rustad and Rena on the Røros-line, killing 19 people on the two trains, including both engineers and one of the conductors.
    The preliminary report from track Authorities "Jernbaneverket" suggests that northbound train 2369, Hamar dep. 12.30, Rena arr. 13.21, consisting of DMU BM 92.14+BFS 92.84 passed a "stop" signal at Rustad. The southbound train 2302, Trondheim dep. 07.45, Hamar arr. 13.50 consisted of dieselloco Di3.625 + B3-2 25674 + B3-2 25598 + BF11 21522. Normally the trains would meet in Rustad at 13.10, but the DMU apparently left too early. As the trains where passing a curve they where only visible to each other 2-300 meters before the collision, at a speed of about 80-90 km/h. The locomotive and first coach as well as the Motor Unit of the DMU tipped at the crash and then caught fire immediate after the collision. All coaches except BFS 92.84 where burnt. At one time it was feared that up to 35 people had been killed. 68 people survived the accident (12. January,various sources including NSB, NJK and Aftenposten)


    NSB Diesel news: The use of NSB class Di 3 in freight trains on the Nordlandsbanen will end from the summer of 2000, as class Di 8 and Di 4 will replace the current workings. By now freight trains Gt 5791/5792 and 5793/5794 runs with class Di 8 if available; otherwise Gt 5791/5792 are worked by two Di 3 and 5793/5794 with Di 4 or two Di 3. (12. January 2000, source NJK).

        Sweden: Statens Jarnvägar (SJ) & private railways

    Private operators take over passenger duties: From 10. January 2000 several private operators started operating on swedish tracks. "Svenska Tågkompaniet" took over the night services between Göteborg, Stockholm and Upper Norrland. TKAB electric locomotive Rc2 13 hauled the first train,livered in new green colours with names of the stations on which are stops. Other locomotives will be coloured this way. Other locos will have variations of the normal SJ blue livery.

    The traffic on the Västkustbanan was taken over by "Sydvästen", also from 10. January, while BSM Järnväg started operation on the Vättertågstrafiken between Skövde and Nässjö.

    In Stockholm "Citypendeln" started operation the regional trains from 6. January. However many trains has had to be cancelled as some of the drivers didn't want to work with the new operator! (27. January 2000, source SJK).

        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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