Rc4 no. 1284
Photographed at the Sävenäs Euro Maint depot, Gothenburg, Sweden, on 23 September 2013.
This locomotive, together with sister Rc-4 no. 1282 was in charge of a 195 metre long 1,389 tons freight train on 11 May 2013, when nine of its 13 wagons derailedbetween Storsund and Koler near Piteå, Norrbotten Country, Sweden. Although detected by a lineside hot axlebox sensor, and automatically reported to the signalling centre at Boden, the driver had already reported the accident. The second and possibly third wagons had derailed over a distance of about 300 metres, while the train was travelling at about 25 km/h. The locomotives stayed on the track.
The track, regularly carrying heavy traffic, was known to be in bad condition, being 35 years old, and should have been replaced 10 years earlier. The cost of the damage was estimated to amount to at least 20 million Swedish Crowns (about GBP 2 million). This does not include the cost of delays, replacement traffic. etc. caused by the line being closed.
Picture added on 10 November 2013 at 22:25