Luxembourg’s last GM in regular service

ONLY one of the 20 1800 Class Co-Co diesel locos built between 1963 and 1964 by La Brugeoise et Nivelles (BN) remains in service in Luxembourg with state operator CFL.

Sole remaining Luxembourg-based 1800: CFL Cargo-operated loco 1818 is seen leaving on a local trip run to Luxembourg freight yard with a rake of empty fuel tanks on January 5. The trip workings from Luxembourg City Yard to the fuel depot in Bertrange is now the only booked work for the loco. STEPHEN GINN

The locos are fitted with an EMD 16-567C engine and were based upon the very similar Class 55 design, also built by BN for neighbouring Belgium in 1961/62.

For many years the CFL 1800 class was used for both passenger and freight trains, but passenger work largely ended in 2004.

Of the other 20, one is preserved in a non-operational state by SSMN in Luxembourg and another two were sold to a German operator; one of which has since donated its engine to a NoHAB ex-Danish Railways loco in Germany.

CFL Cargo still uses six, but in Denmark with its Danish subsidiary, with most of the rest either scrapped or stored.

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