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El. 12

Did you know that Narvik Museum has its own electric locomotive? It’s true! The locomotive is called El 12 and consists of two sections 2119 and 2120 and has been in the museum’s ownership since 1992. But before that, the locomotives have transported many tonnes of iron ore on the Ofotbanen railway. 

In order to transport iron ore from the mines in Kiruna to the port of Narvik, the national railway company needed powerful locomotives. The market demanded more iron ore for its production of steel and the loads became heavier. In the early 1950s, the national railway company bought eight new locomotives from Motala in Sweden. The locomotives were set up in pairs, two and two locomotives together. The new locomotives had stronger engines, and each section had electric motors with an output of 2395 kW (3260 hp). 


The museum’s plans for the locomotives are to move the sections up to Administrasjonsveien 3 giving visitors of the museum access to a unique part of Narvik’s cultural heritages.  In one section we wish to establish an escape room whilst the other section is preserved as it was when El 12 was last in use.