Hans-Åke Gustavsson has taken the challange to join Hector Rail as production development manager. Hans-Åke has more than 20 years experience from the railway business. Hector Rail will be his fifth(!) railway company. With his previous positions within SJ (Swedish State Railways), Lamco (ore railway in Liberia), IKEA Rail and Railion Denmark he has gathered a unique experience in national and international railway operations.
Hector Rail and ÖBB Traktion have entered a partnership for introducing the well-proven ÖBB Class 1142 locomotive to the Scandinavian market. The locomotive shall be seen as an alternative to the classic Swedish Rc-locomotive and can offer some interesting characteristics to the market. For example electric brakes, a computerised bus-system, a very economic performance and a rating of 4 MW compared to 3.6 MW for the Rc locomotive. As a first step Hector Rail has purchased three locomotives. If the market reacts positive to this type, more locomotives can be acquired for the Scandinavian market.
Hector Rail has finalised ATC tests with the loco ÖBB 1142.661. The locomotive is equipped with a swedish ATC system installed in the ÖBB workshop in Linz. The tests have been succesful.
Hector Rail and Siemens have signed a contract for delivery of two new electric freight locomotives. The locomotives are very powerful with an installed power of 6400 kW. As a consequence of this the new locomotives can haul heavier trains than today’s present locomotives. When the locomotives brake the brake energy will be converted to electricity which can regenerate to the electric net. By this the already energy efficient railway can become even more energy efficient. The locomotives will be delivered in Q1 2006. This will be the first delivery of new electric locomotives to Sweden (except the iron ore line), since the last Swedish standard locomotive of the class Rc was delivered in 1988.
The test runs have been completed. The analysis work is currently ongoing.
During the test the locomotives will not be equipped with Swedish ATC system. Consequently there will be no ATC tests this time. The tests will focus on other issues regarding the interaction between the locomotives and the Swedish infrastructure. Next step in a possible purchase process will be ATC tests. The 1012 locomotives have engine rotors with an unsatisfying design. The problem is well known and the solution is well defined as well. Before they can be taken into reliable operation these rotors must be exchanged.
Hector Rail will make test runs in Sweden with two locomotives from Austrian State Railways. The locomotives are 1012.002 and 1142.588. The first tests will take place in mid Sweden at the end of October. The locomotives will leave Austria this evening (October 10). The 1012 locomotives were made in only three units in 1996. The locomotives are modern AC locomotives with a maximum power of 6400 kW. The 1142 locomotives are Austrian standard locomotives built between 1969 and 1977. They have been modernised during the 1990's. The maximum power is 4000 kW. The two locomotives (1012.002 and 1142.588) in Linz before departure.
On Sunday June 12, 2005 the Scand Fibre Logistics operations started. This means Hector Rail will run trains between Hallsberg and Piteå, Frövi, Norrköping and Grums-Gothenburg. The operations will add up to a total of 1.5 million train kilometres per year. Together with the Euroshuttle business Hector Rail will operate almost 2 million train kilometres per year, corresponding to approximately five percent of the total number of freight train kilometres in Sweden. Hector Rail now has 32 train drivers employed and five of its 161 locomotives in operation.