T44 - The Power of the North.
In the Sixties, the older classes of Swedish diesel locomotives were no longer able to meet the railroad's requirements. The cars had become longer and heavier, thereby increasing the demand for modern diesel switch engine. The Swedish State Railways ordered a switch engine with a B-B wheel arrangement from the firm NOHAB (Trollhättan, Sweden). This four-axle, 76 metric ton heavy locomotive has a length of 15.4 meters / 50 feet 6-5/16 inches, a power output of 1,235 kilowatts / 1,656 horsepower and reaches a maximum speed of 100 km/h / 63 mph. The class T44 has given reliable results since being placed into service in 1968, but it also used for light freight trains out on the line. The range of its tasks is approximately comparable to that of the German Federal Railroad's class 290. The class T44 has had several paint schemes during its service life. Currently, it is run in Sweden in the SJ's attractive blue paint scheme. The really classic scheme is surely the orange/blue version from Era IV.