Luxembourg - Diesel locomotives and railbuses of CFL

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CFL typically has one diesel locomotive available always for coach shunting purposes ready at Luxembourg main station. At 19.7.2010 it was CFL cargo's locomotive 1102. In Luxembourg they call it class 1100, but it is a German MaK (Maschinenbau Kiel) built type 1000BB diesel engine.
Picture by Sanna Siissalo.


Another CFL cargo MaK 1000BB seen from far away.
Picture from the Luxembourg main station 17.12.2016 by Ilkka Siissalo.


Diesel locotractor no. 1023 of the class 1020 was still in use by the Luxembourg main station in 2010. Similar machines have been used in Germany. These were built by Klöckner-Humboldt Deutz AG, Köln, Germany 1956-57. It had 2 axles and a modest power rating of 95,6 kW. Top speed was 53 km/h.
Picture from the Luxembourg main station 19.7.2010 by Ilkka Siissalo.


In the old days shunting at Luxembourg main station looked like this. This CFL diesel shunter no. 854 is of the CFL class 850, an originally French locomotive, which in France was known as the SNCF class BB63500. CFL got them in 1956 and the last ones quit their service in 2007. And by the way... The coach behind the locomotive in the picture is a Swiss SBB EuroCity coach for the Luxembourg - Basel service, which unfortunately does not exist any more either.
Picture from Luxembourg main station 12.5.2002 by Ilkka Siissalo.


This is a class 2100 diesel railbus of CFL, also known as Alstom Coradia A TER or in France class X73500, in Germany Baureihe 641. Their nickname is Baleine, a whale (blue whale). That is because the cooling grille under the "head" of the train resembles a whale's baleens or water openings. A more wicked but common nickname is dildo - well, you can see why. CFL got a small series of these in 2002 and gave them to French SNCF already in 2005 as most Luxembourg rail lines had by then already been electrified. SNCF continues to use the same railbuses in their Lorraine TER services.
Picture from Luxembourg main station 12.5.2002 by Ilkka Siissalo.


Details by the door of the Baleine railbus.
Picture from Luxembourg main station 12.5.2002 by Ilkka Siissalo.

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