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HectorRail 241  
in short
1st order
Hector Rail is a young and rapidly expanding open access operator from Sweden, which started first commercial services in 2004. Considering the fleet of HectorRail the company, Sweden has really become an asylum for second hand machines and (experimental) left-overs. In 2007 however Hector Rail announced it first major investment in new rolling stock; they wanted to purchase ten Traxx F140AC2 machines for long-haul services in Germany, Denmark and Sweden. Finally it was decided to award Bombardier with this order in three stages, of six, two and two units each.

Hector Rail was the first operator to order locomotives configured for the Scandinavian corridor, inspiring DB Schenker and others to purchase similar equipped locomotives.

In the first week of december 2010, Hector Rail started extra services for ScandFibre Logistics, which it took over from DB Schenker. As a result, all ten 241 units were needed for the Sweden-Germany corridor. Therefore, Hector Rail decided to acquire two additional locomotives in december 2010 so it could continue to offer cross-border services to new customers. This order included an option for four additional locomotives. - Hector Rail

6 locomotives
order date 01.2007
delivery period 01.2008 - 05.2008
homologated for Sweden, Denmark and Germany
> designation 241.001-006
Note that 241.002 has previously been used as demonstrator, designated as 185 568.
2nd order
2 locomotives
order date 11.2007
delivery period 12.2008 - 01.2009
homologated for Sweden, Denmark and Germany
> designation 241.007-008
3rd order
2 locomotives
order date 05.2008
delivery period 07.2009
homologated for Sweden, Denmark and Germany
> designation 241.009-010
4th order
2 locomotives
order date 12.2010
delivery period 08.2011
homologated for Sweden, Denmark and Germany
> designation 241.011-012
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Hector Rail 241: news  
open news
2012-01-05 [SE/DK] TX Logistik hires Hector Rail 241.008 / Hector Rail 241.011 and 012 in Sweden
open news
2011-12-06 [DE/DK] future Hector Rail 241.011 and 012 in Padborg
open news
2011-11-22 [DE/SE] Hector Rail 241.011 on its maiden run
open news
2011-11-07 [DE] new Hector Rail Traxx in Kassel..
open news
2011-09-01 [DE/SE] DB Schenker 185 404 and 406 to Hector Rail?
open news
2010-12-13 [SE/DK/DE] HectorRail orders two Traxx locomotives
open news
2009-11-28 [SE] Hector Rail units in passenger service
open news
2009-08-01 [NO] Cargolink hires three Traxx units
open news
2009-07-09 [DE/SE] two more for Hector Rail
open news
2009-01-22 [DE] new Traxx locomotives
open news
2008-12-19 [DK/SE] new HectorRail locomotives
open news
2008-11-05 [NO] CargoNet and HectorRail on trial
open news
2008-04-22 [SE] [DK] [DE] HectorRail tears down the Danish-German border
Hector Rail 241: General history  
Tearing down the borders
In March 2007, Hector Rail signed a five year contract with Van Dieren Maritime to provide traction for intermodal trains between Norrköping and the Ruhr Area. Services would start in January 2008 already, to the delivery of the designated 241 series had to be accelerated to have the first two machines ready and approved that month. In July 2007 designated 241.001 was completed in Kassel and sent up north to complete homologation processes for Denmark and Sweden. Both projects were completed on time, but getting access to Germany took a while longer. In the first months of 2008, the German operator MittelWeserBahn took over the HectorRail convoy at the German-Danisch border, to transport it to its final destination. But on 22.04.2008, HectorRail finally got permission to tear down the final border, and HectorRail 241.001 had to honour to be the first Traxx unit to complete a non-stop run form Sweden to Germany.

185 568 transforms into 241.002
Remarkable is the history of locomotive number two of the first batch. The machine was originally built as a Bombardier demonstrator used to test ETCS safety systems and to take part in the homologation process of the Traxx locomotives in the Netherlands. After it had completed its tasks after the summer of 2007, the machines was repainted, retrofitted and tested as Hector Rail 241.002. In January it was delivered to Swedish operator.

Names for HR locomotives
All Hector Rail 241 series locomotives are named after a character from the Star Wars movie trilogy. Names are documented in the corresponding locomotive profiles, which one visit by clicking on a service number in the list at the bottom of this section.

HR machines for rent
HectorRail placed the order for ten Traxx locomotives 'on the grow'. In 2008-2010, several units were hired to other operators.

TX Logistik AB used unit 241.005 (per 04.2008) and 006 (per 05.2008).

CargoLink from Norway used unit 241.004, 006 and 008 from August 2009 to December 2010. Thenthey had to return those machine sto Hector Rail as they were all needed for the new ScandFibre contract. Cargolink replced them with hired units form Railpool.

Hector Rail also has one unit available to Veolia, to haul passenger trains from Stockholm to Malmö since July 2009.

Hector Rail 241: Select your Locomotive:  
Bombardier 34189 2007 TRAXX F140 AC2 Bo'Bo'-el 241.001 16 picture(s) available   revision data available    
Bombardier 33794 2006 TRAXX F140 AC2 Bo'Bo'-el 241.002 23 picture(s) available   revision data available graphics available  
Bombardier 34186 2007 TRAXX F140 AC2 Bo'Bo'-el 241.003 14 picture(s) available        
Bombardier 34188 2007 TRAXX F140 AC2 Bo'Bo'-el 241.004 11 picture(s) available        
Bombardier 34205 2008 TRAXX F140 AC2 Bo'Bo'-el 241.005 15 picture(s) available        
Bombardier 34206 2008 TRAXX F140 AC2 Bo'Bo'-el 241.006 17 picture(s) available        
Bombardier 34267 2008 TRAXX F140 AC2 Bo'Bo'-el 241.007 16 picture(s) available        
Bombardier 34274 2008 TRAXX F140 AC2 Bo'Bo'-el 241.008 15 picture(s) available        
Bombardier 34682 2009 TRAXX F140 AC2 Bo'Bo'-el 241.009 15 picture(s) available        
Bombardier 34683 2009 TRAXX F140 AC2 Bo'Bo'-el 241.010 11 picture(s) available        
Bombardier 34953 2011 TRAXX F140 AC2 Bo'Bo'-el 241.011 8 picture(s) available        
Bombardier 34956 2011 TRAXX F140 AC2 Bo'Bo'-el 241.012 3 picture(s) available