NORWEGIAN State Railways has finally reached a settlement with Siemens about the ill-fated Type Di6 locomotives which were ordered under a NKR300m contract placed in 1992.

The deal provides for Siemens to take back the 11 units delivered to NSB and to reimburse the full price. Further, it is to pay NSB an additional NKr185m in damages, which will go some way towards compensating the railway for the costs it has incurred (RG 6.98 p378). In particular, NSB has had to put back into service a number of Di3 units built in the 1950s, which it says are very expensive to maintain.

Siemens is hoping to find another railway to lease the Di6 fleet.