A look at the old and historic cars.

MfGDJ in Falun
MfGDJ is located in Falun Dalecarlia, close to the station in the both roundhouses. They have open house every now and then to show off their collection to the public for a modest fee. Still there are alot of interesting equipment housed outdoors.

NBvJ in Nora
The preserved railroad in Nora, lacted at the foot hills northwest of Orebro is a jem, as it is fully preserved yard with station houses, round house and shop area. The line operates in the summer months and is open for public.

SJ BCo7 3300
One of the most intersting combination cars from the early years of steel car production were the BCo7 (AB7 in later years of service). Twenty cars wer built in first batch and followed by twenty more, but then the construction methods have been changes and the second batch we delivered with welded car bodies. The class of car had a following interiour, two second class compartments, a small open seating in second class, open seating for the third class followed by three compartments in third class. This car here is part of the first and the riverted sided batch and relettered for its current owner, NBvJ. NBvJ, Nora

SWB BCo6 181

This car was constructed by Kockums for SWB in 1936. Unlike SJ versions of steel cars SWB went for larger windows and open interiours for the third class on these cars. Only a handful steel bodied cars were ever made for SWB. They ordered just a two cars of this combined type 181 & 182, but even more rare is the sole third class coach built to this design, SWB Co6 191 built at SWB.s own shops in 1939. The third class car has been modified with new ends and it is also preserved in pretty nice shape. But this car is very much in original condition except for the SJ standard doors. The car became a MoW car in 1971 and is still in a sorry state. The car is today owned by SKĊJ.
A short history of the SWb Bco6 189
  • 1936: SWB BCo6 181
  • 1945: SJ BCo7a 3644
  • 1956: ABo7a 3644
  • 1971 SJ Qgn 986 1 016
Photos in Tallhed/Orsa 2005

SJ BCo11 3384
To be able to offer a second class seatings for shorter consists SJ also developed a car wtih a pair of second class seating to otherwise normal Co8 car. The window configuration were changed accordingly and three small windows were replaced by a pair larger ones. 32 cars were built, for SJ during 1930-1941. Also this car is lettered for its current owner NBvJ. NBvJ, Nora

GDJ BCo8 1433
This car was once part of the fleet of the largest privately owned fleet of steel cars in Sweden. Gavle- Dala Jvg. (SDJ), was aprt of a network including Bergslagarnas Jvg (BJ)9, Sodra Dalarnas JVg (SDJ) and Dalslands Jvg (DJ). Connecting the east coast to the west coast with a trunk line. Though in appearence it owns a lot to SJ.s designs but has a bit different layout in windows and interiour. Repainted to the livery it had when the car was included int to Sj due nationalitation but wearing modified ends from SJ time it is now part of the collection of MfGDJ and often used in excursion trains.

SJ ACo4u 2960
This car is from a group of 9 cars, Sj received between 1931-1941 and last of the cars 2960, was still roster as late as 1982. One of the sister cars has survived and I guess used as crew dormitory car on MfGDJ.

GDJ Co8 1420
The most common of all early steel cars were the third class day cars or coaches of Co8 class. GDJ ordered a few cars that were identical to SJ.s large fleet. Cars interiours were pretty interesting, compartments in the end and a large open seating in the middle. This car also is dressed in SJ.s lettering before 1956. When the third class was redesigned to second class.

GDJ Co8 1419
The sister car for the one above. Note the dark gray/black roofs in nthese cars that did not show off grime and soot at once from steam engines.

SJ Co8cm 2966
Some 15 cars of SJ.s Co8.s were furbished as cafe cars to be able to serve some extra comfort during longer runs, later on these cars had the café area removed and replaced by seating and the small kitchen refurbished as a kiosk. All of them were still in use in 1982 by SJ but now retired. This car was built in 1934.

SJ F5 55027
One type of car that did see a very long service time was F5 which in later years were reclassified as FV 1 and 285 cars were built from 1937 to 1949. These acars were common from locals to longer runs but as beig four wheel deign the maximum speed was restricted to 100km/h. They were in service to the end of the 1980.s on secondary passenger runs. NBvJ, Nora

Another look at a F5 car in Nora. This car is now a rolling storage for the train hotel close to it. Nora 2009-05-02

SWB Do2 16
One of the private lines in Sweden SWB, ordered just a hand ful steel cars before nationalized as they have had a major rebuilding program on the older wooden cars in the 1920.s But still one of the designs was this short 4 axle post office car. NBvJ, Nora

TGOJ F3 147
Quite a few of mor wealthy private lines did a little more to the designs of their baggage cars. This car as also used for years by the Swedish Railroad club for their excursions on their own excursion train, but in the end they sold off their equipment to NBvJ. NBvJ, Nora

To cope to provide enough heating for long consists of passenger traisn to Norrland, S needed special heating cars with boilers to to keep the passengers happy. In 1926 SJ constructed 26 of these and here a pair of unidentified cars are resting in Falun. MfGDj, Falun

SJ Bo5b 3991
After WW II SJ kept on producing same types of steel bodied cars but with new car bodies as the carbodies were welded together instead of riveting. NBVJ, Nora 2009-05-02

NBVJ F52 554391
Also full baggage cars ere produced during this era like this car. The later day modifications are roll up doors, instead of slide doors. NBVJ, Nora 2009-05-02

SJ SV 1 55135
Still after introduction od steel cars and even to the second generation of them when the cars received welded car bodies, a few 4 wheel cars where constructed. But these cars did not carry passangers but where baggage cars or as this generator cars, to provide electrical heating on steam and later diesel powered trains. 12 of these where rebuilt from baggage cars in 1952 .
SJ B1 4901
SJ B1 5114
SJ B5 4932
SJ A2 5053
SJ AB3 4873
SJ R2 5184
SJ S11 4882

The 1960.s generation cars

Just a few yesrs after the 1960 era cars were taken out of service and anumber of cars are being scrapped, several preservation groups made an effort to save at least enough cars to be able to set up a express train set with cars form that period. There were two different versions of second class cars.
  • B1 which were open seating and were prodiced in 100 copies
  • B5 which was part open and half with compartments and produced in 115 copies.
  • The mixed seating was also carried out in A2 first class car which had open seating and two compartments and produced in 65 copies.
  • The AB3 class combination cars were having compartments and a small saloon in first class and open seating in second and built in 78 copies.
  • The R2 class dining car were rebuilt from combinned second class and dining car RB1, in later years. In all there were 25 of the RB1 cars from beginning.
  • The S11 car is an A2 car and the paint here is fiction, a mix of the red brown and the later day paint and most likely used as an open club car.
This train set was used on a excursion and the train visited Mora in 22. of May 2008.

SJ F1 55063
Many of the early baggage cars were laid out much like early box cars with few extra windows and a stretched body and underframe: One such car is this veteran built in 1911 and now preserved at Falun by MfGDJ.

NBvJ in Nora
Another look on a early baggage car, this one seem to be even more streched compared to the box cars of same period. NBvJ, Nora.

GDJ Gsh 1629
One of the last cars of the out line based on 1898 designs is this car. It is hard to inmagine that Grh-type is just a few years away. But the car displays is fitted with modern features that was carried out on rebuilts of cars of thistype in the thirties. This car which was made in 1924 and many more of cars of same type were very dominant freight car in Swedens from turn of the centurey to end of the sixties, many of them survived in MoW duties another decade or so. MfGDj, Falun.

SJ Gsh 18483
Another Gsh, this car is one of Sj cars and built in 1914 and survived as in plant car for Grycksbo paper plant. Many of the cars of this type had break cabins at the end section of the cars. But these were removed later. MfGDj, Falun.

NBJ Gs 104

NBJ Gs 125

NBJ Gs 127
Nora Bergslagens Jvg (NBJ), used Gs cars allmost all the way to the end on lines operation. Though they were restricted to be used on the own lines network, they had a long active life. This is one of the reasons I was able to spot these threesome at yard of Nora. By judging these images, they have beens modified with modern bolsters and strengthen bodies. NBvJ, Nora.

NBJ Gs 104
NBJ bought a number of second hand cars condemned from SJ and used them on local service on its own line and gradually modernised them with new modern bolsters. Nora 2009-05-02. Nora 2009-05-02

SJ Gru 31725
The next generation of boxcars were the cars of Gr-class from 1927. These cars were a huge improvement in terms of capacity and size. The cars used ore line car axles to carry the load and the maximum load was increased from 14.1 metric tons on the cars of 1898 generation to 19.1 tons. This car was built in 1932. But soon the cars were surpassed by a new class, G/Gbl in mid 1930.s. MfGDj, Falun.

SJ Grh 31728
Another close car, actually a close sister to the car above photographed in sorry state in Tallhed north of Orsa in 2005. The cars are now removed to other places in the country or in a fenced in area at Furudalen. But compared to next image you can see claery the differens of Gr and G-class cars from 1935.

SJ G 43896

SWB Gi 1009
A pair of G-class cars in Tallhed Orsa in 2005. As the cars were in bad shape it was impossible to read even their road numbers. Thanks to photoshop and SKĊJ.s roster on their web page the identification was made possible, the other is a definetly ex. SWB car. Still they do give an idea of the detail changes from the Gr-cars dating 1927.

SJ G 37048
This car is propably used as storage and waiting for its restoration. But this is the box car that was introduced in 1935. In overall it shares same dimensions as the Gr-cars but have longer wheelbase and stronger frams. These cars where very common untill end of the eighties and vanished due scrapping pretty fast. Few preserved roads saved a few and at least one as been put on display. NBvJ, Nora.

SJ G ?
After this car was taken out of road service it has had a rather colorful history in its later years. First it was dressed up and painted and used as stationary display for Inland line at the new stop at Mora Strand, after a while it was removed and placed next to the relocated station house of Garsas near the the highway 70, where it still sit on short piece of track.

SJ Ibblps 820 8 334

SJ Ibblps 820 0 075
A pair of reefers of basicly same underframe as the G-class cars, these cars appeared in early 1950.s and these cars were made in 1953 and the second in 1957. They were still used in the 1980.s

A SJ Gbl car in Nora used as storage in Nora.

SJ Gbl 108 5 477-2
The following class was based on improved version of Gr, and intrdouced in mid 30.s as part of new standard program, the cars were plainly classified as G-class. GDJ and some private roads desided to buy cars of same of types cars from Germany, which were outlined differently compared to SJ.s G-class. G-class was later reclassified as Gbl-class to comply UIC standards and were many years in service. The last of the cars were side traced in the 1980.s. MfGDj, Falun.

Keeping things standardized in Europe Gs-class was the uniform UIC-standard car in Europe. Allthough some details were up to the rail roads. In Sweden, SJ bought quite a number of these cars but considered small in capacitiy, many were rebuilt in to other types of cars, including streched out in to container cars to hold a pair of 20 foot containers. This car was repainted in to bliue ASG color for the SJ.s 125 years celebration and later handed over to SKĊJ. Photo in Orsa 2005.

SJ Gbs 150 4 394-2
The last of the G series of box cars were the Gbs-class introduced as stadard cars for entire Europe. Naturally many countries adobted few of the design dieas to these cars and in Sweden there were a few, like the rounded ventilation covers which were usually placed at the ends of the cars rather than in Europe placed more evenly on the sides. These cars were built in large numbers but the last were stricken out in the nineties, replaced by all door cars and containers. MfGDj, Falun.

SJ Gbs 150 3 799-3
Quite a few cars infact receive evenly placed ventilations, and there were another variations like sill in some cars covers the frame, and a number of them were built with extra large doors. MfGDj, Falun.

SJ Qfd(Taes) 40-74-946-0135
It is rather mind boggling that these rather modern cars like the standrd design cars are now museum items.. NBVJ had along consist of standard cars from the 1960.s on the yard in Nora. But it is easy to rember that many of these are more than 40 years old.

SJ Klps 42-74-339-0015
Another of the European standard freight cars are the low sided stake cars of this type. i found several of these in Nora. 2009-05-02

NKJ Im 117
But on the other end is typical car from the late 1800.s with English type of breaks.

Not quite sure about this car but it looks like a 1898 design NN-car with replaced bolsters in the thirties. many of these small flat cars were rebuilt with removeable steel sides and reclassified as a variation of O-class cars. MfGDj, Falun.

GDj NNsl 3948
(SJ Or 9143)
The open car equilament to G/Gbl was the standard O-class flat car with removeable and collapsable steel sides. But before O-class cars came around a number of cars had adopted the idea and few older cars were streched and upgraded to modern standards, some remarkably alike the new generation of cars of 1935. MfGDj, Falun.

SJ Or 38415
Also SJ rebuilt older to new standard and these cars were very much versitable, as they could do any jobs any flat car and a condola with same dimensions could do. MfGDj, Falun.

SJ O 72575
Here it is, the O-class standard car from 1935. Large numbers of these cars were built long after post war years. Eventually they were replaced on production lines more modern cars but with same configuration. This car looks in many respects as when the cawas out shopped. MfGDj, Falun.

Still there are quite a few used as storage and few of them are preserved but waiting for their turn to be renovated to their former glory. Many of these cars did not win any beauty contests, as they saw some heavy service during their active years. Just like G/Gbl, These cars where ordered by some of the private roads and few years later transformed to the nationlized railroad fleet under SJ ownership. MfGDj, Falun.

Before O-class cars The rail roads needed both flat cars and condola cars. This meant costs in terms of larger numbers of cars and many was kept in yards waiting for nexte proper asignent. Many of NN-cars received steel sides just like the later classes and quite common untill they were replaced by newer and heavier designs. MfGDj, Falun.

SJ O 72575
Another look at a standard O car, this car sports no breaks but then agian the car my have lost these when the car was withdrawn from road duty. This car seem to have same kind of underframe as the 1927 year box cars of Gr-classes. MfGDj, Falun.

SJ Ia 103429
The modern high sided open cars or as I call them gondolas, were relatively rare in Sweden. But a number of them were in SJ roster and this car was used on ore trains to the end of the eighties. MfGDj, Falun.

SJ Mas 105685
These cars were originally used on the famous ore line Lulea-Kiruna-Narvik. MAny like this car received new buckets to be able to haul more ore but when new cars with even higher capacity cars many where used in ore runs on lines further south. Many were rebuilt for gravel loading with extended sides. This car now is put on a short piece of track, restored to old glory and put to display out side of the repair shops near the huge yard of Borlange.

SJ Ugd 902 9451-0
These cars were common for the limestone transports from Lake Siljan area. One of the cars have been preserved for the future. Some were used also for grain shipments and are relative modern.

SJ Ugd 902 9451-0
A typical tank car from the days when the tanks were still riverted. MfGDj, Falun.

SJ Qae 945 3 014
Another old riveted tank car. This car was constructed in 1916 by V D Zypen & Ch and in 1919 th car was registrated as SJ Q12 500001. It was transfered in to MoW duty in 1962 but amaizingly enough survied today.

NBJ Q12 502038?
An old tank car in NBJ, these riveted cars are of much smaller capacity than seen today.

NBJ Qa 502036
Nora Bergslagens Jvg (NBJ), also used a many types of tank cars on line, as there were quite a few large industries that provided revenue over all those years. Infact NBJ was the last independed standard gauge company to be nationalized in the late 1980.s. NBvJ, Nora.

SJ Ugd 902 9451-0
Some of the tank cars to carry acid needed pressurized tanks and not to become too heavy for axle loading the tanks of these cars are smaller than for those used to carry fuel. These cars were pretty common in Falun as one of the plants used thes cars to ship acid. MfGDj, Falun.

SJ Uh 000 0 467
In fifties SJ faced in surplus on elderly cars of O-type and lack of tank cars so a number of them where rebuilt as tankcars as this car, which was in road service untill 1981, when it was transfered to MoW-duty.

Ex SJ Snowplow
Period MoW equipment are interesting and looks looks rather flimsy compared to modern ones. Still they were sturdy enough to do the job over decades. Still they have a lot of charm, like this snowplow. MfGDj, Falun.

Ex. SJ MoW Flanger
More old MoW equipment, this old flanger looks a lot like a chicken coop on flatcar.Note the extra set of flanged wheels. MfGDj, Falun.

Scania truck/Crane
Though not a rail road car or even riding on flanged wheels, this Scania truck equipped with a hoist looks cool and makes its living lifting up trucks and rail road wheels around in the area. MfGDj, Falun.

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