The locomotives are designed for heavy shunting and pushing on the Iron Ore Line (Malmbanan), i.e. pushing ore trains up hills. They met SJ’s expectations and a total of 64 locomotives of this model were purchased.

N 576 is a locomotive of the first production series. It was overhauled in 1929 with a superheated boiler and given the designation Na, only to be renamed N in 1942. The locomotive remained in service until the end of the steam locomotive era, both as an N locomotive and as a steam locomotive, and was shunted in Borås when it was retired as late as 1970.

N-locomotives are notoriously strong, and the staff also liked them for their speed. The locomotive is a distinctive shunting machine that is perfect for a railway yard with many freight cars.

The N 576 was taken over by the Swedish Railway Museum in the 1970s. It was restored to running condition by the Friends of Swedish Railway Museum association in Ängelholm in 2017.  

Manufactured

Motala Verkstad, 1900

Length

9.9 metres

Weight

56.4 tonnes

Engine power

Tractive effort 9 tonnes or about 560 hp  

Maximum permitted speed

45 km/h