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Vossloh delivers locomotive to Norwegian mining company Sydvaranger Gruve

03-16-2010 18:47

German manufacturer Vossloh Locomotives has delivered a diesel-hydraulic locomotive to Norwegian mining company Sydvaranger Gruve. The locomotive will run on standard gauge on the line linking an iron mine of the company and the port of  Kirkenes, in Northern Norway.
The G1000BB locomotive has an 8V 4000 R41L engine manufactured by the German company MTU and developing a 1.1 MW power. The locomotive is capable to run at extreme temperatures varying between -25 and 35 degrees Celsius. The latest generation equipments include speed stops which automatically reduce the speed from 100 km/h (maximum speed) to 45 km/h or electronically controlled snow remover.
Sydvaranger Gruve will operate 20 trains per day on an 8-km long line between the port of  Kirkenes and an iron extraction mine in the same region, recently reopened.

Source: www.railway-technology.com

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