Bulldog noses in Denmark
Class MX and MY
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Danish May 2004 Nohab hunt
The Danish state railway company Danske Statsbaner (DSB) had two Bulldog nose class GM
locomotives built by Nydquist och Holm AB in Sweden (for short: Nohab) in license,
the class MX (A1A-A1A, 45 units, max. 133 km/h) and the stronger version class MY
(A1A-A1A, 59 units, max. 133 km/h), forming the largest group of Bulldog nose GM units in Europe:
- 20 locomotives with an 1,425 hp 12-567C engine (numbers DSB 1001 - 1020 built in 1960 and 1961) and
- 25 locomotives with an 1,450 hp 12-567D1 engine (numbers DSB 1021 - 1045 built in 1961 and 1962).
- 5 locomotives were originally equipped with an 1,700 hp 16-567B engine (numbers DSB 1101 - 1105 built in 1954 and 1955),
of which 4 locomotives (DSB 1101, 1103 - 1105) were equipped with an 1,950 hp16-567C engine later on (the 16-567B engines were exchanged
with other MV or MY locomotives and these were renumbered as MV class from 1968 onwards, only containing MV 1101, 1102, 1104, 1109, 1134 and 1144
during the years after 1968) and
- 39 locomotives with an 1,950 hp 16-567C engine (numbers DSB 1105 - 1144 built between 1954 and 1958) and
- 15 locomotives with an 1,950 hp 16-567D1 engine (numbers DSB 1144 - 1159 built in 1964 and 1965).
The last DSB locomotive was withdrawn from scheduled DSB freight service on 15 June 2001. During the years, several
locomotives were sold to Danish, German, Norwegian and Swedish private railway companies. In Denmark the following private railway companies,
leasing companies and museum organisations got their hands on the DSB bulldog noses (see the country themes of Germany, Norway and Sweden
for the locomotives which went there):
BLDX Rail Service
This leasing/investment company is a daughter company of Contec Rail, has its depot in Køge and owns (all non-operational at the moment):
MX 17 (BLDX MX 1017; not ATC equipped; bought from Hovedstadens Lokalbane; in a vale red livery);
MX 18 (BLDX MX 1018; not ATC equipped; bought from Hovedstadens Lokalbane; in a vale red livery);
MX 19 (not ATC equipped; bought from Hovedstadens Lokalbane; in 2009 renumbered BLDX MX 1019 was painted in an own dark green/white/light green with orange stripes livery).
BLDX sold TMX 1017 and TMX 1019 to Svensk Tågkraft in March 2022.
CFL Cargo Danmark (formerDansk Jernbane ApS, DJ)
CFL Cargo Danmark is daughter company of Luxembourg based CFL Cargo.
MX 1029 (ATC equipped; ex-DSB MX 1029 since December 2010 in a GM brown/yellow stripe livery, like the MX 1023; bought as MX 104 in October 2005 from VL; renumbered in MX 1029, its old DSB number);
MX 1023 (ATC equipped; ex-DSB MX 1023; in 2007 purchased from Vestsjællands Lokalbaner as MX 41 "Kong Hother"; now the loco is painted in GM brown/yellow stripe livery);
MY 1146 (ATC equipped; ex-MY 1146; bought from NJ in the second half of 2008 as M17; now the loco is painted in GM brown/yellow stripe livery).
Also used are Contec Rail MX 1006, MX 1008, MY 1153 and MY 1158, Railcare Danmark MY 1134 and Scandic Rail Partners MY 1148.
The reason for the large extention of the CFL Cargo Danmark fleet is the fact that Railion Danmark has given up its freight service
to many destinations in Denmark as from 1 April 2006. This concerns the freight services to Esbjerg, Kalundborg,
Randers, Nyborg, Vejen and Aalborg (and Århus and Padborg for wagon load traffic). Since 4 June 2012 the line Bramming - Grindsted is not served any more.
On Tuesdays and Thursdays CFL Cargo Danmark takes tank cars with tar between Fredericia and Nyborg:
Train GF 7242:
Fredericia around 07:40
In Nyborg the locomotive shunts the empty tank cars along the harbour to Avernakke, from where the loaded tank cars are taken back.
Train GF 7243:
The roundnoses (and the five Class 1800 ex-CFL diesel locomotives, always not as the first locomotive) are also used to haul concrete tunnel elements trains from Padborg to Glostrup (near København).
On Mondays a box car train with roof tiles from the Czech Republic is run between Padborg and Vojens (arrival 06:15 hours) and returns around 16:00 hours.
On most weekdays Seat, Skoda and Volkswagen passenger car trains from Falkenberg/Elster (D) are run between Padborg and Vamdrup (and facultative further to Ringsted).
Several times a week a containerised cement train CG 6103 (Taulov-Padborg) is run as well.
Facultative trains with wood run to Esbjerg and facultative trains with chipboard to Herning.
The mother company of BLDX. Their depot is in Køge. It owns:
MX 1006 (bought from CFL Cargo Danmark early 2011; ATC equipped; ex-DSB MX 1006; since 2000 in DSB classical brown livery; was former Vestsjællands Lokalbaner MX 43);
MX 1008 (bought from CFL Cargo Danmark early 2010; ATC not equipped; ex-DSB MX 1008 in Contec Rail blue/white stripes livery since March 2010; was former Vestsjællands Lokalbaner MX 101);
MX 1030 (bought from CFL Cargo Danmark in the second half of 2008; spare parts loco sitting at Padborg; in orange/white stripe livery);
MY 1134 (bought from Railcare in 2022; in a grey/white/red Railcare T livery);
MY 1153 (bought from LJ in the second half of 2008 as M 38; in Contec Rail blue/white stripes livery since 2015);
MY 1154 (bought from CFL Cargo Danmark early 2010; ATC equipped; in a vale red livery;
MY 1158 (bought from CFL Cargo Danmark in the second half of 2008; in blue with white and yellow stripes Contec Rail livery).
Contec Rail also uses MY 1148 (NoHAB 2599, 1964, ex-DSB MY 1148) rented from Scandic Rail Partners.
So far, Contec Rail did not run freight trains of their own.
DSB Museumstog in Odense
operates since 1986 now and then special passenger trains in Denmark with MX 1001 (ATC equipped) and MY 1101 (both in DSB brown livery). Another new asset is the
MY 1135 (in DSB red/black livery), which is operational. In the Denmarks
Jernbanemuseum stood MY 1112 with one side open to show the visitors how a diesel locomotive looks like inside (this loco is also in DSB red/black
livery). MY 1112 was moved to an unknown destination on 19 August 2020.
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. First it resided in Tønder until 20 June 2020. On that day the locomotive was transported to Gedser where it will reside in a shed.
The locomotive belongs to Danish railfan Danish railfan Peter Malmqvist 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.
Lokaltog (former Regionstog and Lokalbanen)
HFHJ MX 16 (ex-DSB 1045; in yellow livery) for snow clearing duties;
MX 1005 (ØSJS MX 42, used as snowplow locomotive based in Køge, in DSB red/black livery, ETCS equipped);
MX 1010 (OHJ MX 103 in OHJ red livery);
MX 1043 (LJ M 36 in overall yellow livery; ETCS equipped);
MY 1145 (OHJ MY 105; ATC equipped).
These four locos are used for work trains and for snow clearing duties.
Midtjyske Jernbaner A/S (former Vemb - Lemvig - Thyborøn Jernbane A/S, VLTJ, Lemvigbaner)
MX 1025 (non ATC-equipped, ETCS-equipped; VLTJ MX 26 in orange/red/white livery as "Tørfisken");
MY 1152 (VLTJ MY 28 and named "Victoria" since november 2001 was painted in orange/red/white livery, just like MX 26 mid 2016).
Since DB Cargo Scandinavia took over the freight trains to Rønland mid December 2016, the roundnoses of Midtjyske Jernbaner don't have scheduled work any more.
Sometimes they are hired to DB Cargo Scandinavia to haul trains to Rønland or Aalborg. Rønland is served on Tuesdayz and Thursdays. The Aalborg freight train G9744 runs on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays:
Aalborg departure 06:19 hours, Hobro 06:53, Randers 07:13, Aarhus 07:54/08:35, Horsens 09:21, Vejle 09:42, Fredericia arrival 10:00 hours.
MY Veterantog in Padborg
operates since 1998 now and then special passenger trains in Denmark. It owns ATC train safety system fitted ex-DSB MY 1126 (it is in silver/blue 'graffiti' livery,
but the plan is to give it the classical brown DSB livery).
In 2003 MY 1105 (in DSB red/black livery) was sold to Tågab in Sweden.
Nordjyske Jernbaner A/S (NJ)
This merger between Skagensbane -SB- and Hjørring Privatbane (since July 2001) operated freight trains Skagen -
Frederikshavn - Hjørring - Aalborg v.v. and Hjørring - Hirthals v.v. Owned: MX 1009 (NJ M 11, ex-OHJ MX 102),
MX 1038 (NJ M 10) and MX 1041 (NJ M 9). All locomotives are in NJ white/blue livery. Additionally MY 1146
(now NJ M 17 in NJ livery, albeit with dark grey roof in stead of the usual white) has been bought from DSB in
January 2002. The M 17 was ATC equipped and therefore works the Skagen - Aalborg v.v. trains. The other locomotives
were scheduled for the Hjørring - Hirthals roundtrips. Since April 2006 all four NJ roundnoses are rented to DJ which
from that date carries out the NJ freight workings for three years. In the second half of 2008 the M9, M10 and M11
were sold to Contec Rail and the MY 1146 to CFL Cargo Danmark, thus NJ has no roundnoses on its roster any more.
Privatbanen Sønderjylland (PBS)
operated freight trains in the Southern part of Denmark until March 2001 when it went bankrupt. PBS in receivership owned MX 1030 and MY 1120.
The MX 1030 was then owned by a German NOHAB fan, Michael Frick, and stands on the property of Boiler-Work in Tønder,
visible on the east of the shunting yard behind a fence. The locomotive lacks its traction motors and bogies
and is painted in a new red with white stripes GM livery. In March 2005 the locomotive was bought by DJ.
The MY 1120 (in red/black DSB livery) was scrapped in July 2005 in Tønder.
MY 1124 (in red/black DSB livery) is sold to Skånetåg Bulk AB in Sweden.
Railcare Danmark AS (Captrain Denmark)
Captrain uses the following roundnoses:
MX 1019 NoHAB 2459 / 1961 MX ex HFHJ MX 19 rented from BLDX; operates in Padborg;
MY 1154 NoHAB 2605 / 1965 MY ex DSB MY 1154 rented from Contec Rail.
Captrain provides the roundnose traction for shunting TXL trains between the station in Padborg and the terminal in Padborg. It also hauls passenger car trains from Padborg to Vamdrup (just south west of Kolding), but
sometimes also to Ringsted.
In February 2016 Captrain started a new six days a week intermodal freight train between Geleen DSM (NL) and Høje-Taastrup (DK). It leaves Padborg (DK) at 05:50 hours
and arrives at Høje-Taastrup at 10:30 hours on Tuesdays through Saturdays as train 41550. The return train 41551 leaves Høje-Taastrup at 18:30 hours on Mondays through Fridays and arrives at
Padborg (DK) at 22:30 hours. CapTrain roundnoses as well as MZ locomotives and one Class 66 locomotive are used as traction for these trains.
Captrain also runs construction trains to Aalborg (sliding door cars), but they are usually hauled by a rented MZ locomotive.
Strukton Rail bought the MY 1159 from DSB Museumstog in March 2019. It has now a black livery with yellow cabs and it is operational for work trains and sometimes special passenger trains.
For the following unused DSB locomotives the future is still uncertain
MX 1035 (in the classical DSB brown livery) stands at Struer railway station as a monument (and before that at a private place between 5 September 1992 until 15 August 2014) and it is planned to take part in a railway museum
in Struer later on.
MV 1102, MY 1139 and MV 1144 (all in DSB red/black livery) were finally scrapped on 13 October 2005 at the scrapyard of Hensat Henriksen in Arhus.
For news about the Danish railway companies visit the site of John Bjerregaard.
The yearly time schedules of Railion Danmark and the private Danish railway companies can be downloaded from the website of Banedanmark.