This is a so called Euro 4000 locomotive from Vossloh in Spain, from a factory which now is owned by the Swiss company Stadler Rail. Norwegian CargoNet tested this one locomotive as a candidate for replacement of their class 66 machines that were used in the very north of the country. Locomotive drivers didn't like the very cheaply built, cold and noisy class 66s and CargoNet was looking for a replacement alternative. Today CargoNet uses these locomotives in freight trains on the Mo i Rana - Bodø line. There these locomotives are known with three different class names: CD 312, Di 12 or Euro 4000. Picture at Alnabru 21.6.2011 by Ilkka Siissalo.

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The diesel class Di6 was a sad story. NSB ordered from Siemens/MaK 1995-97 a series of 12 new heavy 6 axle diesels for use both in passenger trains as well as cargo trains to replace the old and outdated class Di4 Henschel diesels and the even older Di3 Nohab diesels from the 1950s. But when the new diesels arrived, it quickly turned out that the machines were of poor quality and had several serious design flaws and simply could not be fixed. A lawsuit was started and the end result was, NSB returned all of them to Siemens. Siemens tried to lease them as "MaK 2700" as part of their Siemens Dispolok business to various private operators in Germany. After much trouble and much rebuilding, only NOB, Nord-Ostsee-Bahn, which was a part of the Connex group, accepted to lease them for their Hamburg - Westerland service. The machines were painted in Connex' blue-yellow-white livery. But after NOB later got better locomotives of the Siemens EuroRunner family, part of these became again free. Since they already had been accepted for use in Norway, it was easy for a private operator CargoLink to lease four of them and bring them back to their intended homeland. Picture of a Di6 in the colours of Nord-Ostsee-Bahn, but with CargoLink stickers 21.8.2009 in Trondheim by Ilkka Siissalo. By the way, CargoLink went bankrupt in 2015...

NSB class Di4 diesel with old express train coaches forming an express service from Trondheim over Mo i Rana to Bodø. They were built by Henschel in Germany 1980. Only five of them exist and they are more or less exclusively used on the Trondheim to Bodø line, which has a remarkably difficult terrain and climbs even out on open tundra where it crosses the Polar circle. Picture in Mo i Rana 20.8.2009 by Ilkka Siissalo.

Another huge Di4 at Bodø station 18.8.2009. It has a top speed of 140 km/h. Technically it is based on the Danish class ME, which was also made by Henschel. Picture in Bodø by Ilkka Siissalo.

An express train is ready to leave from Bodø towards Trondheim. Six coaches are of the old 1960s generation and only the two last ones are new. Picture in Bodø 18.8.2009 by Ilkka Siissalo.

The newest class WLAB-2 coaches of NSB used in diesel driven express trains between for example Bodø and Trondheim have a foreign look and feel. One could imagine that they would be maybe from India or USA, but not from a European country. Picture in Bodø 18.8.2009 by Ilkka Siissalo.

The newest coaches need electricity for heating and so do especially the restaurant wagons. However, often they have to stand for long times at the Bodø station without a locomotive that could feed them power. The solution is this generator wagon. Picture in Bodø 18.8.2009 by Ilkka Siissalo.

CargoNet class 66 diesel in Bodø. It is a US built General Motors diesel designed for use in the UK, and the British extremely narrow and low tunnels explain why it looks so long and low. The class 66s soon became popular in other countries than Britain also, not because they would be such wonderful machines, but because they are cheap. Today they are to be found at least in Germany, Netherlands, France and Poland in addition to Norway. Picture in Bodø 18.8.2009 by Ilkka Siissalo. Lately CargoNet has replaced them in the Trondheim-Bodø traffic by Vossloh Euro 4000s, which can be seen at the top of this page.

A CargoNet class 66 diesel is ready to leave Bodø over the mountains towards south. Picture in Bodø 18.8.2009 by Ilkka Siissalo.

Driver's cab of a CargoNet class 66. Picture in Bodø 18.8.2009 by Ilkka Siissalo.

Two CargoNet class 66 engines in full speed pulling a tremendously long container train over the mountains from Bodø towards south. Picture 20.8.2009 at the little station of Snåsa by Ilkka Siissalo.

CargoNet class Di8 diesel with a timber train in full speed at Alnabru station. Picture by Ilkka Siissalo at Alnabru 21.6.2011.

CargoNet class 225 was a remotorised old Di2, which got a new Caterpillar engine and a new drivers cab. Only one machine went through this refurbishing, so this was the only one of its class. It was scrapped 2012. Picture by Ilkka Siissalo at Alnabru depot 21.6.2011.

CargoNet class 226 lightweight shunter is an old Swedish locomotive of the Swedish class Z66, built by Kalmar Verkstad 1971-73. NSB/CargoNet bought 1998-2000 from Sweden 14 of these. Picture in Trondheim 21.8.2009 by Ilkka Siissalo.

A similar ex Swedish locotractor of the type Z66 like the one on the previous picture above, but this time owned by the private operator Grenland Rail. Picture at Alnabru near Oslo 21.6.2011 by Ilkka Siissalo.

This six axle monster is Baneservice's class 36 alias Swedish class TMZ alias former Danish state railways class MZ, built by Nohab in Sweden, then sold to Denmark to DSB, then scrapped, then sold to Sweden to Stena and then sold to Baneservice to Norway. Circulation and reuse of old metal :-) Picture at Steinkjer 20.8.2009 by Ilkka Siissalo.

Another view of the same TMZ Nohab. Picture at Steinkjer 20.8.2009 by Ilkka Siissalo.

A class Skd 224 medium weight shunter. These were built by Gmeinder in Germany 1978-79. NSB/CargoNet/Jernbaneverket has had 11 of them in total. Despite its small look and feel, it is the strongest shunter locomotive ever in Norway. Picture in Kristiansand 6.7.2016 by Ilkka Siissalo.

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