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Date: 01/21/23 17:32
How Ugly can an EMD Powered Diesel Get?
Author: SvenMolson

Nohab - Sweden created a group of custom built diesels for LKAB (Luossavaara-Kiirunavaara Aktiebolag) for use in switching the company's massive railyard in Kiruna, Sweden.  Called the T-46, the series was not the most attractive piece of motive power ever created. Eventually, all were repowered with Cummins engines and received end cabs and remain in service,

Photo 1 - Spec. sheet for the T-46
Photo 2 -Out on the mainline between Kiruna, Sweden and Narvik, Norway. May, 2005. Photo by Mads Skoland
Photo 3 - LKAB T46-4 after repowering with a Cummins engine. Kiruna, Sweden May 25, 2016. - Photo by Sven Molson


 








Date: 01/22/23 08:24
Re: How Ugly can an EMD Powered Diesel Get?
Author: GPutz

Thanks, Sven.  How many of those do they have and do they use them for switching in Narvik?



Date: 01/22/23 08:59
Re: How Ugly can an EMD Powered Diesel Get?
Author: SantaFe9820

They look badass in either configuration!



Date: 01/22/23 10:21
Re: How Ugly can an EMD Powered Diesel Get?
Author: SvenMolson

LKAB has a total of 4 T46 units, all based at Kiruna.  In Narvik, T44 EMD powered switchers are used.  The photo below is one of the EMD's caught last spring headed towards Kiruna for its periodic maintenance.

Photo taken at Abisko, Sweden.  It was waiting for a west bound ore train to pass.

Sven

 



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 01/22/23 10:22 by SvenMolson.




Date: 01/22/23 11:28
Re: How Ugly can an EMD Powered Diesel Get?
Author: Steinzeit2

I would think the SJ's Tb class, which also had 12-645's as built, would win the Ugly Contest myself.  They are now operated by Infra organizations I believe;  have you seen any of these, Sven ?

The air intake arrangement for the as-built T46 is interesting -- with both [ ie on each side ] of the intakes ahead of the cab, apparently all combustion and cooling air went down, under the cab, and then up again ?

Best regards, SZ



Date: 01/22/23 17:47
Re: How Ugly can an EMD Powered Diesel Get?
Author: GPutz

Tac, Sven.  Gerry



Date: 01/23/23 05:26
Re: How Ugly can an EMD Powered Diesel Get?
Author: exhaustED

Ruggedly handsome.... an offensive lineman of a locomotive!



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