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Arctic Trainspotting
Photo Location: Kiruna, Sweden 
Posted By: Jens Lyn IV, 01-30-2018, 10:43 AM

The iron ore from the mine in Kiruna is shipped out from the North Atlantic port of Narvik in Norway. The trains serving the mines in the area are exceptionally heavy by European standards, with axle loads of 30 tonnes from Kiruna to Narvik and 32.5 tonnes from Malmberget to Luleň on the Baltic coast. 10 trains leave Kiruna daily, each grossing 8,600 tonnes and held together with Russian SA3 couplers. At 10.8 MW per pair, the purpose-built single-ended locomotives are not obscenely powerful for their size, but the high axle load enables a very high tractive effort of 1400 kN. Net energy consumption for a roundtrip is near zero thanks to regenerative braking and favourable terrain.


I had to cross a ditch with chest-deep snow to get this shot, and I broke my tripod's pan/tilt handle because the grease froze solid. It was totally worth it.
K-1 with DA* 55 @ f/8, 1/45 s, ISO 100


Setting off from the mine in Kiruna.
K-3 with SMC DA 15 Ltd @ f/5.6, 1/45 s, ISO 100


K-3 with SMC DA 15 Ltd @ f/5.6, 1 s, ISO 100

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Nice shots...really like the framing & motion blur on the last shot.
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Thanks for the write up, I now know a lot more about Swedish ore. I had actually just been reading about Swedish iron during WWII.

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