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Train 44 at Dombas el18 around roundhouse

Last update: Oct 20, 2014
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The Norwegian El18 is based on the Swiss Re460. Two Re460 were on trial runs in the summer of 1993. This resulted in an order of 20 locomotives. They were built in 1996 en 1997 by Adtranz in Strømmen Norway. They replaced the El17 in the express train services.

Because most manufacturers have a model of the Swiss Re460 it was to be expected that some HO models of the El18 would come on the market. Sofar three manufacturers have produced an El18; Hag, Märklin and Roco.


el18.2241
Number: El18.2241
Manufacturer: Märklin
Catalogus no: 34635 DC
System: Two rail DC
Era: 1996-
Description: This is a 2 rail version of the Märklin El18, which was produced exclusively for the Norwegian market. Some specific Norwegian modifications were made to the basic Re460 model. The cab interior has the driver position on the correct right side.
I've replaced the pantographs with better looking versions from Roco.
el18.2243
Number: El18.2243
Manufacturer: Roco
Catalogus no: 63503
System: Two rail DC
Era: 1996-
Description: The Roco version is pretty good. Unfortunately the cab interior is not right, it shows the driver on the left (Swiss position).
el18.2245
Number: El18.2245
Manufacturer: HAG
Catalogus no: 283NO
System: Two rail DC
Era: 1996-
Description: The HAG version has a metal shell. The driver sits on the wrong side (left, should be right).
el18.2245
Number: El18.2245
Manufacturer: BMJ/Roco
Catalogus no: 43970 (painted by BMJ)
System: Three rail AC (motorola decoder installed)
Era: None (see description)
Description: When the El18 was ordered BMJ made a model serie based on the Roco SBB 460 with the paint scheme that was assumed the real El18 would get, based on the El16/17 paint scheme. The black side is larger and the number is next to the NSB logo. The eventual real paint scheme was slightly different.
el18.2248
Number: El18.2248
Manufacturer: Roco
Catalogus no: 63503
System: Two rail DC
Era: 1996-
Description: The second batch of the Roco El18 has a new number, the 2248. No changes to detail etc.
el18.2257
Number: El18.2257
Manufacturer: Roco
Catalogus no: 62694
System: Two rail DC
Era: 1997-
Description: Third batch from Roco. New number and some internal changes.
el18.2262
Number: El18.2262
Manufacturer: BMJ/Roco
Catalogus no: BMJ El18
System: Two rail DC
Era: 1997-
Description: This is special version of the Roco El18 made by Bergen Modelljernbane in Norway. It has Norwegian snowplow on cab 1. The cab interior was also modified so the driver sits on the right side.

Number: Re 460 055
Manufacturer: Roco
Catalogus no: Roco Club Edition 4/94 - 9409A - Version 3
System: Two rail DC
Era: 1994
Description: This is a special Roco Club Edition of the Re 460 055 (Lillehammer) as it was on a trial run in Norway in the summer of 1994.
Number: Re 460 066
Manufacturer: BMJ/Roco
Catalogus no: Roco Club Edition 4/94 - 9410A - Version 3
System: Two rail DC
Era: 1994
Description: This is a special Roco Club Edition of the Re 460 066 (Finse) as it was on a trial run in Norway in the summer of 1994.

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