Norwegian Railways in Philately

   TANZANIA: Trains of the World 05.07.1995  

Click to enlargeThe text "Swedish Jodemans Railway, Norway" can be read on the stamp, which is quite puzzling, because the stamp shows a class XXIX, 1'C1' (2-6-2T) locomotive from the narrow gauge Urskog-Høland railway (U.H.B.). On closer inspection it appears to be No. 7, named "Prydz", the last engine provided before the close down of the line in 1960, as it looks after rebuilding and restoring by the railway museum foundation. More accurately this is the only member of the class XXIXb, 20 tons, 7.99 m l.o.b., built in Germany by Henschel & Sohn, delivered 1950. It got its name in 1952 after the general manager of the railway, Eigil Prydz. The three XXIX locomotives were recognized as being both economical and easy to drive. After the close down of the line, No. 7 served for 20 years at the Norwegian Railway Museum in Hamar, until it was returned to U.H.B., where it now can be seen pulling the museum trains. This stamp is one of nine stamps on a minisheet showing steam locomotives from different countries.

Catalogue Nos.: Sc 1338g / SG / Mi 2070 / YT 1735

Click to enlargeClass El. 14, a common Norwegian electric locomotive used on all electrified mainlines on both passenger as well as goods trains. Based on the Swiss SBB Ae 6/6, it was built in Norway by NEBB/Thune in a class of 31 during the years 1968-73. They have proved to be very reliable in operation. The axle arrangement is Co'Co' and they are numbered 2164-2190 and 2197-2200. With a total of 6930 hp from six motors they have a max. speed of 120 km/h. Their working weight is 105 tons and length 17.74 m l.o.b. Now the class has been taken over by the freight division of NSB. This stamp is one of nine stamps on a minisheet showing locomotives from different countries.

Catalogue Nos.: Sc 1339b / SG / Mi 2074 / YT 1759

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