Strabag Rail MY 1147 was painted in a grey with white stripe livery of Strabag in March 2013.
Altmark Rail MY 1149 gets its major overhaul in Haldensleben in March 2013.
Cargo Logistic Rail MY 1151 was overhauled in haldensleben and was fully operational as from 1 march 2013.
Since 5 November 2013 NOHAB-GM Foundation M61-010 (now numbered 92 55 0618 010-6, or 618 010 in short) runs for MTMG Logisztikal Zrt. oil trains from Nyergesújfalu to Gyõr. This is a feeder service for the Retrack project.
The 005 is used for the trains to Peja, the 007 runs the loco hauled trains to and from Hani i Elezit and the
008 is used for freight trains.
Railcare Tåg AB TMY 1157 got the red/white/blue livery of ThreeT AB in the beginning of 2013.
Railcare Tåg AB TMY 1105 got the white livery in the summer of 2013.
Hovedstadens Lokalbaner MX 16 (ex-DSB MX 1045) got a yellow livery early 2013.
3.629 (ex-Ofotbanen Drift) is now owned by Skandinaviska Jernbanor (Sweden).
Inlandsbanan sold its four operational TMX locomotives to Svensk Tågkraft in November 2013.
USA and Canada
Former Canadian National FP9 No. 6304 that has operated on the Washington & Idaho Railway since 2008 is leaving the property. The leased unit was owned by Phillip Sheridan,
but has been sold to Saskatchewan farmer Gary Southgate, who hopes to assemble a railroad museum in the Canadian province. Southgate already owns nine ex-CN passenger cars, and plans to paint them and the F-unit
in CN’s 1954 green and black paint scheme. He also owns Canadian Pacific 4-8-4 No. 3101. The unit, built in 1954 as CN No. 6509 and later operated by VIA Rail Canada, is painted in a version of Southern Pacific’s
“Black Widow” colors. The unit is presently stored in Marshall, but will move to Canada after some clerical issues are cleared up. The unit is fully operational, but will be placed on static display in Saskatchewan.
Roundnoses news in 2012
5211, 5216, 5301 und 5306 have been scrapped in July 2012. The 5215 and 5217 (for spares) went to the TSP society mid 2012.
In the end of 2012, Orford Express dinner train, which is based in Sherbrooke, Quebec, expanded its roster with ex-New Haven FL9 2009
(now numbered 484) from Ohio's Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad.
The Ontario Northland Railway (ONR) operates both freight and passenger ('Polar Bear Express') services on its 186 miles main line from Cochrane to Moosonee. Nowadays GP38-2s
form the traction. The ONR 'Northlander' passenger train from Toronto to Cochrane, for which three roundnoses were used in the past, was discontinued in 2012. The Ontario Northland Railway owns
three 1951 - 1953 GM built Class FP7A locomotives (out of Co'Co', 16-567B engine equiped) which were rebuilt with 2,075 hp Caterpillar 3516 engines and renumbered 2000 - 2002 (original numbers are 1502, 1509 resp.
1521). Since week 16, 2004 Ontario Northland Railway (ONR) has taken it's FP7A 2001 and 2002 out of service. The third FP7A, numbered 2000, was still in service in March 2012, but is probably not used anymore.
The remaining other, original ONR FP7A locomotives, have been taken out of service as well and stand in North Bay (ONR 1501, 1508, 1518 and 1520). ONR also owns
four rebuilt F7A and F7B/F9B cabless locomotives (numbered 202 - 205), three bought from the Milwaukee Road and one from GO Transit (an ex-Northern Pacific F7B).
Ontario Southland Railway has recently acquired three EMD FP9s for freight service. The southern Ontario short line operates 73 miles of former Canadian Pacific track with an
eclectic mix of Montreal Locomotive Works and EMD power. The first FP9 to arrive on Ontario Southland was former Waterloo & St. Jacobs Railway WSJR No. 6508. The unit is presently at the Ontario Southland shop in Salford
undergoing repair and will be the first to be placed in service. The other two FP9s, Nos. 1400 and 1401 with RLK reporting marks and Railink lettering, are former RailAmerica locomotives assigned to the Goderich & Exeter
Railway in southern Ontario. The two locomotives are currently stored in Goderich and will receive minor repairs to their draft gear which will enable them to be moved. Once repaired, the two will move to the Guelph
Junction Railway shop in Campbellville for storage. The Guelph Junction Railway is operated by Ontario Southland under contract for the City of Guelph who owns the railway.
All three FP9s are former Canadian National locomotives, transferred to VIA Rail Canada in 1978, who rebuilt and upgraded them to Dash 2 specs in 1984.
Ontario Southland will be the only short line in Canada to have F units in freight service when No. 6508 is placed in service. Source: TRAINS.
VIA Rail Canada donated its last F unit to the British Columbia Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society in the end of 2011.
Now the group is repainting the operational unit to a generic cream and royal blue at a warehouse in New Westminster, B.C., where it is stored along with several vintage passenger cars,
The Province newspaper reports. VIA 6300 was retained by the railroad as the shop switcher for its Vancouver Maintenance Center until it was donated to the NRHS group.
Locomotive 6300 is an FP9 built for Canadian National in April 1957 as 6524. It was transferred to VIA in March 1978. In 1983 Canadian National remanufactured it at its Pointe St. Charles shop
in Montreal and it was renumbered VIA 6300. The unit was the only locomotive rebuilt following a head-on collision between VIA’s Super Continental/Skeena and a Canadian National freight train on Feb. 8, 1986
near Hinton, Alberta, which killed 23 people. The smashed front end of 6300 was replaced using the nose and cab from Kansas City Southern F7A 4062.Source: TRAINS.
In December 2010 CFL Cargo Danmark MX 1029 was painted in a GM brown/yellow stripe livery, like the MX 1023.
Braunschweiger Bahn Service (BSBS) MY 1142 (ex-DSB MY 1142; NoHAB 2383/1958) has been painted in a red/black roof livery (somewhat like the V200 locomotives) since June 2012.
Only roundnose Di3 007 is operational. 005 has broken bogie springs, 006 is still awaiting its overhauled turbocharger from Serbia (!) and 008 was damaged in a derailment
in May 2012.
I wasn't aware of it before, but the Museo Nacional de los Ferrocarriles Mexicanos in Puebla has two EMD roundnoses: ex-Sonora Baja California (SBC) F7 2203 in an orange livery and ex-National Railroad of Mexico FP9-A 7020
(one of 25 FP9-A units for the National Railroad of Mexico in 1956). The latter poses with an F7 booster unit from 1951. MNFM takes also good care of former Santa Fe/D&H Alco PA-1 DH-17 and DH-19. They regularly run DH-19
on a short stretch of museum trackage. Source: TRAINS.
Railcare Tåg AB had its license revoked in Norway on 3 July 2012. Since then, Tågab uses its MY locomotive to haul used paper trains from Alnabru (Oslo) via the Gjøvikbane, Roa, Jevnaker,
Hønefoss to Hen.
Di3.615 was scrapped in Östersund in June 2012.
In January 2012 Danish company Contec Rail sold MX 1009, MX 1038 and MX 1041 to Swedish company Svensk Tågkraft. All three locomotives were previously bought by
Contec Rail from Nordjyske Jernbaner in the second half of 2008.
Since 17 May 2012 Tågab runs a paper train once a week between Kristinehamn via Kongsvingen (NO) to Ranheim (NO).
In December 2012, Norfolk Southern bought two F7As and one F7B from NREC. The F7As are former C&NW F7A 407 (relettered as SOU 407) and former CN F7A 9177 (relettered as SOU 9177).
The F7B is the former CP Rail F7B 1019 (relettered as SOU 1019).
In August 2012 the Santa Cruz and Monterey Bay Railway Company (SCMB), a noncarrier owned by Iowa Pacific Holdings, LLC and Permian Basin Railways, has filed a verified notice of exemption at the STB
to acquire by assignment from Sierra Northern Railway its lease and operating rights over a 31.0-mile rail line owned by Union Pacific Railroad Company (UP). The line, known as the Santa Cruz Branch,
extends from milepost 0.433 at the east boundary of Salinas Road, near Watsonville Junction, Cal., to milepost 31.39 at the end of the line near Davenport, Cal., and includes an interconnection with
Santa Cruz, Big Trees Pacific Railway Company at milepost 20.4 in Santa Cruz, Cal., and an additional 3.6 miles of siding and spur track. Santa Cruz & Monterey Bay RR has received F's 82 and 84 (ex-B&), ex-MARC)
from Yakima, Washington.
Two "DL&W" E's 807 and 808 that were stored at the NYS fairgrounds in Syracuse, NY, are now in Saratoga,NY for service on the Saratoga & North Creek RR.
The New York, Susquehanna & Western (NYS&W) two E9As (one is numbered 2402) are now in Hyannis, Ma. for service for Iowa Pacific Holdings.
A former Canadian National EMD F9B, No. 6622, last owned by the Carolina Southern Railroad, was sold to the San Louis & Rio Grande Railroad in Alamosa, Colorado, in August 2012.
The owner of the defunct Minnesota Zephyr Dinner Train says he intends to scrap the two F7A locomotives that powered the train when it shut down in 2008. The two locomotives are landlocked in Stillwater,
the train’s former operating base. The line they ran on is being salvaged for a state trail. Source: TRAINS.
The Galveston Railroad Museum owns freshly overhauled former Southern Pacific F7A 6443 and Texas & New Orleans F7A 365 (two ex-SP/WAG/PAT/ConnDOT F7A's 6690 and 6691) which it acquired for $190,000 from the Railroad Museum of New England in
November 2010. In spring 2012 they underwent a complete rebuild at Motive Power & Equipment Solutions in Greenville, South Carolina, and were painted into Atchison,
Topeka & Santa Fe’s red and silver passenger scheme for use at the museum before delivery in June 2012. The two locomotives have been numbered ATSF 315 and 316, which were two members of Santa Fe’s 300 class F7As
to see regular service pulling the Texas Chief between Chicago and Galveston on trains 15 and 16. The two F7As are the showcase of the museum’s end 2012 grand reopening following extensive repairs at
the museum from damage caused by Hurricane Ike in 2008. The two units replace the Texas Limited 100 and 200 (Southern Pacific #6379 and Southern Pacific #6309) since they were cut up after hurricane damage.
Iowa Pacific Holding’s Arizona Eastern E8 No. 6070 is on its way to Wisconsin & Southern’s paint shop in Horicon, where it will be repainted in a version of Illinois Central’s chocolate and orange passenger colors.
The ex-Chicago & North Western unit will also be renumbered 515, the number it wore in its final years of C&NW and Metraservice. The unit was built in June 1953 as C&NW 5029B and was renumbered 515 in May 1974.
The E unit had been painted in a version of Southern Pacific’s “black widow” black and silver paint scheme, appropriate for the ex-SP Arizona Eastern lines it operated over.
Last year Iowa Pacific sold Arizona Eastern to Genesee & Wyoming, Inc. and moved No. 6070 to its Saratoga & North Creek Railway in upstate New York. Earlier this year the locomotive was moved to the Chicago area
and pulled trips out of the Windy City to Indianapolis and Sturtevant, Wis.
Another Iowa Pacific ex-C&NW E8, No. 518 (ex-C&NW 5030A) has already been repainted in IC colors. Source: TRAINS, 22 March 2012.
Iowa Pacific Holdings is continuing its program of acquiring E8 and E9s diesels and rebuilding them for future passenger and excursion work.
This week the company sent former Burlington Northern E8 9906, now San Luis & Rio Grande 520, to Mid-America Car in Kansas City, Mo., for rebuilding. When completed the unit will be repainted in chocolate brown and orange
Illinois Central passenger colors. EMD built No. 520 in 1953 for the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy as E8A No. 9972. It became Burlington Northern No. 9972 in 1970. Used in Chicago commuter service, it was rebuilt into an
E9AM by Morrison-Knudsen in 1978 and renumbered BN 9906. After BN’s E-unit fleet was retired in 1992, it was sold to Maryland Transit Administration’s MARC commuter service, becoming MARC 66.
The unit then went to the Museum of Transportation in St. Louis, which sold it to Iowa Pacific Holdings. Another former CB&Q/BN/MARC E8A at the museum has been restored to its original Burlington Route number,
9939A, and repainted in CB&Q colors. Iowa Pacific has also purchased a former E9B from the Alaska Railroad. The unit was constructed in 1957 as Illinois Central 4108 and saw service into the Amtrak era.
In 1981 it was sold to the Alaska Railroad, where it was converted to a head-end power unit and numbered P-30. Although it currently rides on four-wheel trucks, Iowa Pacific plans to convert it back to a powered B-unit
and restore its six-wheel trucks. Source: TRAINS, 18 May 2012.
Rock Island E6A 630 and E8A 652 are under evaluation at Mid America Car Co., in Kansas City, Missouri, which has performed mechanical work on Iowa Northern locomotives.
Iowa Northern President Dan Sabin told Trains NewsWire in March 2012 the two units, acquired in 2010 from private ownership, could see cosmetic, operational, or total rehabilitation.
The results of the evaluation should be available by early April 2012. During private ownership, the two units operated on the Midland Railway Historical Association’s trackage
between Midland and Ottawa, Kan. No. 652 arrived at Midland in 1985 and No. 630 in 2000. Neither has run in several years.
Iowa Pacific Holdings has acquired ex-Canadian National F7Au 9163, built in 1952, and former CN and VIA F9B 6622, built in 1957, from short line Carolina Southern, based in Conway, S.C.
The equipment is being acquired for existing and planned passenger and tourist operations. All will require extensive rehabilitation before being put into service.
Larry's Truck Electric bought the two ex-CN/VIA FP9s, 6302 and 6308 from the Georgia Southwestern Railroad in 2011.
Both wear a variation of the old Central of Georgia Railroad colors. They are stored in the Ohio Commerce Center, an industrial park in Lordstown, Ohio. In between a passenger car is placed as
customers meeting center of Larry's Truck Electric. The company has several hundred locomotives on lease and also owns the E9A 9925 which is on the property of Larry's Truck Electric's workshop
in McDonald, Ohio. 2 Susq. E's are now in Hyannis Ma. for service in Massachusetts for Iowa Pacific Holdings.
Roundnoses news in 2011
MY 1155 was bought by Altmark-Rail in June 2011.
In the end of 2011, Altmark-Rail also bought MY 1143 and MY 1155. The MY 1155 got an overhaul and the oberhaul of MY 1143 will probably be completed in the end of 2012.
EBS MY 1131 is together with the V 180 of EBS used for a tank car train service between Wiederitzsch and Gera from Monday to Saturday.
MY 1142 is now parked in the VBV Lokpark in the Borsigstraße (former Braunschweig workshop). It is owned by the new Braunschweiger Bahn Service (BSBS) company and can be rented.
MY 1147 is used to transport infrastructure equipment at the moment.
Since 11 December 2011 Tågåkeriet i Bergslagen AB runs three StoraEnso wood log trains per week on behalf of Hector Rail from Torsby via Kil to Skoghall. Traction form two TMY locomotives.
Svensk Tågkraft uses operational TMX 1012 (ex-DSB MX 1012, ex-BSM TMX 1012) in a new red/white stripe livery.
Railcare Tåg TMY 1150 was pained in white.
Inlandsbanan Di3 621 was painted in green/white livery.
Railcare Tåg AB TMX 1015 and TMY 1110 were painted in a red/white/blue livery of ThreeT AB in the end of 2011.
Alaska Railroad F7 1500 (ex B&LE 720) was sold to the Grafton & Upton RR, a shortline in Eastern Massachusetts. They also recently bought Alaska Railroad F7 1508 from a private owner.
The 1502 (ex-GM&O, MBTA & MN FL9 2007) will be used as a parts source for the 2 F's & a GP9.
The 2 ex-SP/WAG/PAT F's 6690 and 6691 have been sold for $190,000 by the Railroad Museum of New England in Thomaston, Connecticut to the Galveston Railroad Museum in Texas. They are now in South Carolina for
refurbishing for service in Texas. After the engines are brought up to standards, including air brakes, couplers and assorted other modifications, the Southern Pacific colors will be stripped
and the diesels will be repainted in red, yellow and silver, the colors of the historic Santa Fe Chiefs. They then will be towed DIT (Dead-in Tow), probably in August 2011,
from South Carolina to Houston. The two units will replace the Texas Limited 100 and 200 (Southern Pacific #6379 and Southern Pacific #6309) since they are being cut up after hurricane damage.
Stone Mountain Park in Atlanta has released the first of its two former Southern Railway FP7A units after a complete rebuilding.
No. 6143 was released in mid-April, while No. 6147 should be out of the shop by July 4. Dixie Engine & Equipment Co. of Pell City, Ala., was tasked with rebuilding the units.
Each rebuilt unit is receiving an EMD 16-645E engine, replacing the original 567BC, as well as a rebuilt D12 main generator, new cooling fans and radiators, Dash 2 electrical components,
and D87 traction motors. The original 24RL brake system has been replaced with a 26L, and a new Perkins 400-series diesel will provide head-end power.
The 6143 and 6147 were built in 1950 for Southern Railway’s CNO&TP Division. Southern eventually sold the pair to the New Georgia Railway. The engines were delivered to the New Georgia in the
Southern’s “Tuxedo” green, gold, and white paint scheme, but later repainted by the New Georgia into Central of Georgia colors. New Georgia purchased the units from Norfolk Southern in the late 1980s
and used them on public trips, dinner trains, and charters out of Atlanta, running over both NS and CSX trackage. When the New Georgia ceased operations in 1995, Stone Mountain Park acquired
the engines for its scenic railroad.
Central States Railroad Associates' Columbia Star Dinner Train will start operating with two F-units for dinner train operations
in Missouri between Colombia and Centralia as from 15 July 2011.
Roundnoses news in 2010
Lokalbanen's MX 16 was painted yellow in October 2010.
Early 2010 CFL Cargo Danmark sold its MX 1008 (operational) and MY 1154 (not operational) to Contec Rail. MX 1008 was equipped with ATC and painted in Contec Rail blue/white stripe livery in March 2010.
It currently stands in Randers.
Railcare's MY 1122 and MY 1134 have had an overhaul and currently reside in Padborg, Denmark.
Eichholz Eivel has put all but two roundnoses out of use on 29 October 2010. V170 1147 and 1155 will be further used for infrastructure trains of
sister company Strabag Rail, 1125 (bought by rail freight company Karpat Vasut, now numbered 459 021) and 1151 stand defect in Haldensleben depot and the latter is sold together with 1149 to Altmark-Rail (owned by
Michael Frick) for hiring purposes. The 1149 got a new red/brown livery with yellow stripes in January 2011.
1127 is sold to Michael Frick for museum purposes, will be painted DSB brown and is envisaged to be parked in Bahnpark Augsburg, 1131 was sold to Erfurter Bahnservice
and was painted in the classic DSB black/red cabines livery in December 2010, 1138 is now property of Cargo Logistik Rail (now numbered 92 80 1 227 004-9 D-CLR) and 1142 is now a museum loco in
Braunschweig. 1143 was used as a spare parts donor.
MY 1148 currenlty stands in Celle in DSB brown livery.
NOHAB-GM Foundation M61.010 is in full operating condition since 19 January 2010. It is planned to haul rail enthusiast and general public railtours and
it may be used for freight train haulage.
Michael Frick painted the 005 in the same paint scheme as the demonstrator G12 of Sweden (red above, brownred below with a yellow stripe in between).
006 has got its generator repaired in Serbia, but it has still to be installed. 005, 007 and 008 are all operational, but 007 has some defects now and then.
Projsoft AB (Tågkraft) MX 1033 is rented out to TX Logistik who shunts their DHL trailer train with it 6 days per week from and to the harbour of Malmö.
Hector Rail runs the DHL train to Duisburg from Malmö freight yard. MX 1033 has to do two shunts to form a full train. The first half loaded train
departs Malmö harbour at the end of the afternoon and the second part around 22:00 hours.
Early 2010 some roundnoses changed hands: Bantåg Nordic AB/Railcare bought TMY 1111 out of the STT bankruptcy and TMY 1110, 1122, 1124 and 1134 from Motala Verskstad
who bought them earlier on out of the Skånetåg Bulk AB bankruptcy. Tågab sold its TMY 102 (ex-DSB MY 1128) to Strukton Rail in March 2010 which painted it in its yellow company color and renumbered it into 9505.
For sale are B&LE 725 (was used until the end of 2009 by Coe Railroad for toerist train haulage) and Gettysburg Railroad 6302 and 6308 (ex-CP
Stone Mountain Scenic Railroad is rebuilding its two ex-Southern Railway FP7’s. 6143 and 6147 were originally
owned by the Southern Railway, leased by the New Georgia Railroad (run as 3498 and 3499), and now owned and operated by the Stone Mountain Memorial Park
near Atlanta, Georgia. The rebuilds will include upgrades to full 26L brake systems, HEP for power to the train cars, rewiring of all electrical
systems, upgrade to Dash-2 electronics, console type control stands, recessed ditch lights, and upgraded from the original EMD 567 16 cylinder prime
movers to EMD 645-E 16 cylinder prime movers and rebuilt main generators and air compressors. 6143 will also receive new trucks with D-77 traction
motors. Both units will be repainted. The rebuilds should be completed by the end of 2010. Source: Stone Mountain Railroad Mechanical Dept.
Pan Am Railways acquired the ex-Conway Scenic 6505 and 6516 in July 2010 and renumbered them PAR1 and PAR2 for use on the railroad's
business train and occasionally freight trains.
Pioneer Railcorp has released PREX 1761, an FP9B, into service on the Peoria & Western. The unit gives P&W an A-B-A set of Fs. The units are ex-Algoma Central, nee Canadian National. Source: TRAINS, June 2010.
Metro=North Railroad has scrapped its FL9 locomotives 2018, 2029 and 2031 in July 2010.
Roundnoses news in 2009
B80 has been outshopped in CFCLA livery after refurbishment.
For time tables see the Autralian theme section.
GM10, GM22 and GM27 were sold by CFCLA to SSR in November 2009.
SNCB/NMBS/TUC-Rail took all Class 52, 53 and 54 locomotives out of service on 20 April 2009. They will be kept as a
reserve loco pool for two years. In June 2009 one was still used as a shunter at the Stockem yard.
Contec Rail MY 1158 got a blue with white and yellow stripes livery.
BLDX 1019 was painted in an own dark green/white/light green with orange stripes livery.
CFL Cargo Danmark MX 1023 was painted in a GM brown/yellow stripe livery.
Former EuroRail Laising MY 1148 locomotive carried a NVAG red livery with white NVAG stripes, but was painted in classical brown DSB livery in June 2009.
MY 1148 is currently in Haldensleben (D) to be completed for its new owner Scandic Rail Partners and will only be equipped with ATC to work in Denmark.
In May 2009 Di3.643 (008) was painted in a red with white stripe livery. See the website of Nohab-GM.de.
Except for the 006, all roundnoses in Kosovo are operational.
Norway and Sweden
In February 2008 the Di.3 locomotives of Ofotbanen A/S (OBAS) were sold to shareholder Rail management AB. Since the end of 2008 these roundnoses were used for timber trains on the railway line Hamar
- Elverum - Støren, which were ordered by Swedish railway company Peterson Rail AB. At first they ran under the license of Peterson Rail, but since 13 January 2009 the trains are operated by Ofotbanen Drift A/S
itself, being the successor company of the in July 2008 discontinued Ofotbanen A/S. Source: RailBusiness, 2 February 2009. However, in June 2009 four of the five roundnoses (Di.3 603, 621,
623 and 632 were sold to Swedish railway company Inlandsbanan. Di.3 629 remains with Ofotbanen Drift. Source: Today's Railways Europe, July 2009.
Inlandsbanen also bought spare parts donor Di3 615 from the Norwegian Railroad Museum and currently resides in Östersund.
Railcare scrapped TMX 1040 (ex Norwegian GM-group spare parts loco) in Skelleftehamn in June 2009.
Metro-North Railroad have marked FL9 2008 (1960 Built Former NH 2033) and F10s 410 (1947 Built Former MBTA 1109, GM&O F3 804a) and 411 (1947 Former MBTA 1113, GM&O F3 809a) for
Frontier Industrial Corporation (FICX) scrapping company. The current list of units that are sitting in Croton Harmon, NY not marked at this time is FL9 2012, F10 413, GP8 543 and GP9 750.
Railroad Museums and Excursion Railroads should contact Frontier Industrial Corporation (FICX) right away as these locomotives were recently put in storage in running condition prior to being
sold to FICX. Source: F-Units at yahoogroups.com.
Roundnoses news in 2008
5308 was scrapped early 2008. 5305 and 5312 were put out of service in September 2008, 5209, 5303, 5307 and 5309 followed on 14 December 2008. The plan is to reactivate 5303 and 5309 as replacement
for the inoperative 5313 (collision damage) and 5320 (traction motors damaged by fire). Source: Op de Baan/TSP, January 2009.
Since 3 January 2008 CFL Cargo runs steel trains between Fredericksvaerk and Ringsted twice a week. These trains were previously operated by HFHJ and were stopped a year ago.
In the second half of 2008 Contec Rail (a track maintenance contractor) bought MX 1030 (for spare parts) and MY 1158 from CFL Cargo Danmark,
M9 (ex-MX 1041), M10 (ex-MX 1038) and M11 (ex-MX 1009) from Nordjyske Jernbaner (NJ) and MY 1153 from LJ. CFL Cargo Danmark bought M17 (ex-MY 1146) from NJ.
CFL Cargo Danmark lost its weekly goods train service from Arhus to Skagen to Railion Scandinavia on 1 August 2008. The company bought MX 1006 and MX 1023 from Hovedstadens Lokalbaner and MX 1008
from Vestsjællands Lokalbaner.
LJ sold M32 (ex MY 1153) to Contec Rail Holding ApS for use on construction trains and withdrew M 38 from service.
Hovedstadens Lokalbaner sold its MX 17, 18 and 19 to leasing/investment company BLDX A/S.
The privately owned MY 1148 gets a fresh NSB red livery at Haldensleben (D).
MAV M61.006 is used to pull work trains in Hungary.
In May 2008 Di3.641 (007) was painted in a red with white stripe livery. See the website of Nohab-GM.de.
In August 2008 Di3.633 (006) was painted in a red with yellow stripe livery. See the website of Nohab-GM.de.
In 2009 Di3.643 (008) was painted in a red with yellow front stripes livery.
Di3.619 (005) still carries its blue/red cabins livery, but will be painted in a different livery in the end of May 2010.
005, 007 and 008 are operational.
The NoHABs are used for passenger trains between Kosovo Polje to the Kosovo/Macedonia border station of Hani i Elezit in the south and for passenger trains between Kosovo Polje and Pristina in the east.
The passenger trains between Kosovo Polje and Lesak (border station Kosovo/Serbia) do not run any more since the beginning of March 2008 due to the turmoil in Northern Kosovo.
Sometimes the NoHABs provide traction for the international freight trains between freight yard Miradi (Kosovo) and Macedonia in the south. These trains run facultative several times a day.
Inland freight traffic is also sometimes carried out by the roundnoses. Once a week a coal train runs from the coal mine in Obiliq to the brewery in Peja (west of Kosovo Polje).
Several times a week grain trains run between freight yard Miradi to Rakovina on the line to Prizren. Also several times a week the nickel factory "Ferronikel" in Drenas receives ore per train
either from the harbour of Thessaloniki (Greece) or a mine in the neighbourhood of Kosovo airport. Normally traction for freight trains in Kosovo is provided by the "Kennedyloks" Class 661 or the Vossloh G1700,
but when freight levels necessitate it, roundnoses are used as well for this task.
On 4 October 2008 the operating license of Ofotbanen was revoked and the company subsequently went into a bankruptcy procedure as Autolink did not
want to invest more money into Ofotbanen. AutoLink now runs its trains under an own license.
In 2008 Tagab sold its TMX 104 together with TMX 1028 (the latter as spare parts supplier) to Inlandsbanan AB in Sweden. Tagab scrapped TMY 1118 and TMY 1141.
Cliffs Erie's set of former Erie Mining Company F9s are scheduled to make their final run today from Taconite Harbor
to Hoyt Lakes, Minn. The A-B-B-B-A set of F units are bringing 24 cars of limestone that was dumped at Taconite Harbor
several years ago back to the former Erie plant site in Hoyt Lakes. The limestone will be used in environmental
remediation projects. The Fs are also returning 23 empty side dump cars and three tank cars to Hoyt Lakes over the
72-mile private railroad.
Barring unforeseen circumstances, this will mark the end of operations for the F units, which were delivered to
Erie Mining Company by EMD in 1956 to pull taconite ore trains and have never left the property. The Hoyt Lakes
taconite plant shut down in 2001, but there have been periodic movements over the railroad in 2004, 2006, and this
summer and fall. This year taconite ore "fines" that had been trapped in the dock at Taconite Harbor were brought
back to Hoyt Lakes for further shipment. Cliffs Erie has donated F9A No. 4211 and an F9B to the Lake Superior
Railroad Museum in Duluth for preservation. Source: TRAINS (28 October 2008).
Reading FP7s 902 and 903 will be displayed for at least the next year at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania
in Strasburg, according to a story in the Intelligencer-Journal. Nos. 902 and 903 are owned by the Reading Co. Historical and
Technical Society and the Philadelphia Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society, respectively.
The pair most recently hauled special trips on East Penn Railways' Perkiomen Branch in October. They've been
extensively overhauled, and are painted in Reading's black, green, and yellow paint scheme.
Roundnoses news in 2007
TSP repaired its 202.020 again in the end of 2007. This loco has to be operated
smoothly in order to avoid further damages.
After sitting in Toronto since the demise of the WSJ tourist train
in 1999, FP9's 6505 & 6520 + 3 cars from the trainset are now in Squamish, British Colombia. They belong to the
West Coast Railway Association who hopes to get them in service in the near future.
Source: F-units (Yahoogroups.com).
Walled Lake Scenic RR in Michigan is now out-of-business and it seems
everything is up for sale including former AMT/STCUM FP7A’s 1304 and 1306, the latter painted in the AMT’s
short-lived “Riverain” paint scheme, and had been stored at Expo Rail, in Delson, QC when AMT retired their
Source: Canadian Railway Observations by William Baird, June 2007.
On April freshly painted Canadian pacific FP9Au's 4106 and 4107 (ex-Ohio Central and before that ex-VIA Rail) were
released from NRE (Capreal, Ontario) and have been forwarded to Alyth Yard in Calgary. Chris Wilson made a shot of the locomotives
being forwarded on CP 105-04.
The roundnose pair will be used on CPR business trains and Royal Canadian Pacific luxury tours. Unlike the prior
FP9 1400-F9B 1900-FP9 1401 trio, 4106 and 4107 have been re-equipped with dynamic brakes and are also head-end-power
equipped. FP9A 1400 will be restored by Canadian Pacific's steam excursion crew to operate with steam locomotive 4-6-4 2816.
F9B 1900 and FP9A 1401 are stored as they need overhauls.
Source: William Baird, Canadian Railway Observations, June 2007.
Canada and USA
Regular service cab units can still be found in Canada and USA in the 21st Century. While EMDs last FL9 left its
factory in 1960 and the last E9 in 1963, a handful of streamlined cab units can still
be found in regular service across the United States. Of course, dozens still operate at museums and tourist railroads,
and streamlined diesels can be found on regional and Class I railroads such as Canadian Pacific, Kansas City Southern,
New York, Susquehanna & Western, Union Pacific, Wisconsin & Southern, and most recently, Norfolk Southern.
But these railroads normally only operate F and E units for business and special train use. In regular, everyday
service freight and passenger service, only a handful of streamlined cab units remain in North America:
* In the Northeast, the Connecticut Department of Transportation retains six New Haven-painted FL9Ms, while Metro
North Railroad has one FL9 and three F10s. The units are used on an irregular basis mainly on the Bridgeport to
Waterbury shuttle and Danbury lines in Connecticut and occasionally on Metro North's Hudson line along the famous
river north of New York City to Poughkeepsie, N.Y. They also are used occasionally on work trains.
Metro North Railroad has retired the last FL9 on its books, No. 2008, on April 27, 2007.
EMD built 60 FL9s for the New Haven Railroad (New Haven Class EDER-5) between 1956 and 1960. They were inherited by
Penn Central when it acquired the New Haven in 1969, then went to Conrail in 1976, and to Metro North and the
Connecticut Department of Transportation when they took over commuter services from Conrail.
However, CDOT still operates a few rebuilt FL9s in New Haven colors, and Metro-North still handles the heavy
maintenance of those units (source: TRAINS). This was at least still the case in January 2008.
Besides the Fs in passenger service, nearly all the other operating F units in freight service today survive
thanks to Canadian passenger operator VIA Rail. The Crown Corporation continued to use Fs on its passenger trains into
the early 1990s, and several were rebuilt. Many of these can be found pulling freight today:
* In South Carolina, Carolina Southern has ex-Canadian National F7Au 9163 and F7Bu 6622 in occasional service,
although the A unit rarely leads. Carolina Southern operates from Mullins, S.C., to Whiteville, N.C., 37 miles,
and a branch from Chadbourn, N.C., to Conway, S.C. Carolina Southern also operates the former Waccamaw Coast Line
from Conway to Myrtle Beach, S.C.
* Further south, the Georgia Southwestern has two ex-CN/VIA FP9s, 6302 and 6308. They have been relegated to backup
power now. Both wear a variation of the old Central of Georgia Railroad colors. The Georgia Southwestern is comprised
of several different rail lines in southwestern Georgia and a small portion of Alabama acquired from CSX and Norfolk
Southern: Glenns - Greenville, Columbus - Cusseta, Ochilee - Americus, White Oak (Alabama) - Cuthbert - Bainbridge,
Cuthbert - Dawson - Smithville, and Dawson - Sasser.
* The Southern Railroad of New Jersey has two ex-Bessemer & Lake Erie F7As it uses in occasional freight service.
The railroad operates 71 miles of track between Winslow Jct. and Pleasantville/Vineland and between Swedesboro and
Salem, N.J. One F is painted in the old colors of the New York, Ontario & Western, while the other wears a paint
scheme based on the old diesel colors of the Rock Island.
* In Canada, RailAmerica has a pair of Canadian National/VIA FP9s, 1400 and 1401 in service on the Goderich & Exeter
Railway's Goderich Subdivision. The 70 miles of track between Stratford and Goderich, Ontario was acquired from CN in
1992. In 1998 the railway took over operation of CN's Guelph Subdivision, which runs over 99 miles between Silver
Junction in Brampton and London, Ontario.
* The newest railroad to join the streamlined cab unit team is The Keokuk Junction Railway and also has a pair of ex-CN/VIA and ex-Algoma Central FP9s
(1750 and 1752, former CN 6502 and CN 6511). The railroad also acquired an A-B-A set (now numbered 1751, 1761 and 1754 respectively) of
ex-Algoma Central F's. The five units came from the Gettysburg & Northern Railroad which, like the
Keokuk Junction/Peoria & Western, is owned by Pioneer Railcorp. In December 2010, only 1750, 1752 and booster 1761 were operational.
1751 was under repair and 1754 is still out of service due to vandalism. In July 2011 a F9B (1762) appeared operational as well. The Gettysburg & Northern railroad still keeps one ex-Algoma
Central FP9A. The Keokuk Junction Railway, which operates the west end of the old Toledo, Peoria & Western under
the name Peoria & Western Railway, has two FP9s and a booster in regular freight service between Kolbe station in Mapletin, Ill., (start of the shift at 08:00 hours
with shunting in Kolbe) and Keokuk, Iowa. Another crew takes a train with other type of locomotives from Keokuk to Good Hope, where the crew from Kolbe
takes this train forward to Kolbe.
On 20 August 2007 MY 1148 was transported by three other roundnoses (Strabag V170 1149,
V170 1147 and V170 1155) from Tønder (DK) to Haldensleben (D) for a possible refurbishment. In the vehicle train there
were spare bogies and a 'new' GM engine from an old dannish Navy vessel.
Hovedstadens Lokalbaner has sold former HFHJ MX 17, 18 and 19 to Swedish
trader and maintainer NetRail. The locomotives are likely to become TMX 1017 - 1019 (referring to their old DSB
The last CFL Cargo paper train between Odense and Næstved ran on Saturday
14 July 2007. On a more positive note, CFL Cargo purchased from Vestsjællands Lokalbaner MX 101, ØSJS MX 41 (ex-DSB MX 1023; in ØSJS yellow/orange livery as "Kong Hother") and ØSJS MX 43 (ex-DSB MX 1006; since
2000 in DSB classical brown livery). HFHJ MX 16 and ØSJS MX 42 are retained by HL for snow clearing duties. MX 1030
is now determined a spare parts donor (sitting at Bombardier in Randers).
Since 1 january 2007 Dansk Jernbane ApS is renamed in CFL Cargo Danmark.
It ceased the aluminum trains between Tønder and Grenå.
Strabag MY V 170 1125 was painted in the Santa Fe Warbonnet paint scheme in
the end of November 2007 (for a picture click here
Strabag MY V 170 1155 was painted NSB brown in August 2007.
The three last operational GM 1,400 hp equipped DE Henschel Co'Co' roundnoses
1405, 1408 and 1409 out of series 1401 - 1418 (1959 built) were voluntary retired due to their high oil and fuel
consumption. The last one (1409) ran in 2006. Herewith another roundnose era comes to an end.
Source: World-Diesel-Loco (Yahoogroups.com).
The following roundnoses from contractors were spotted recently:
Ex NSB Di 3.630 at Comiso on 7 February 2008, in a bad state with one side of one cab smashed in.
Ex NSB Di 3.622 and Di 3.626 at Canicatti on 9 February 2008.
Ex NSB Di 3.631 at Roccapalumbra on 9 February 2008.
ex-DSB MY 1104 which was owned by GM Gruppen Norge and which stood for years in Eidsvoll (N)
has arrived back in Denmark on 24 October 2007. It is now residing in Struer Museum. The locomotive has been bought
by a danish railfan who hopes to run specials with it in the future. At the moment, this roundnose is in an inoperable
condition and it is still in its classic brown livery from 2003. Source: European Rail Gen (yahoogroups).
Early 2007 Autolink bought 40% of the shares of Ofotbanen and signed a
contract with Ofotbanen to transport 600 trains per year for USD 10 million.
Source: International Railway Journal, April 2007.