Narrow gauge News 1/1995 (April)
In December 94 the wellknown engineer Rudolf Amberg died. He has the leader of
construction at the Vereinatunnel in the Engadin. In the beginning of the
eighties he managed the completition of the Furka-Basis-Tunnel.
Amberg has developed a lot of gauges. They were used for example at the
construction of the Eurotunnel between France and England.
BLM - Lauterbrunnen-Mürren Mountain Railway
On Dec, 3rd a new uphill station for goods transport was opened. Noew
goods can be brought from the funicular to the adhesive railway in just four
minutes. The costs were payed by the BLM itself.
BVZ - Zermatt Railway
In November a Diesel loco and a rotary snowplug for the Ferrocarrils de la
Generalitat de Catalunya (GFC) were tested at the BVZ line. Both machines
were built by ABB, SLM and Stadler for the Ribes-Nuria line in
Catalonia/Spain. After the successful tests the machines were brought in
spring to the GFC.
FO - Furka-Oberalp Railway
On Feb, 4th the Oberalp line was interrupted by the damaged class HGe 4/4 II
108 loco. After four hours the line could be cleared. The operation was
organized by the internal railway radio system.
RhB - Rhaetian Railway
In front of the Bergün station you can find now a new monument. It is
the loco Ge 6/6 I 407 (known as "Rhaetian crocodile"). The machine was
buitl in 1922 and was put out of order in 1984.
The financial situation of the Swiss state is very tight. So the RhB has to
make a very small budget this year. Money will be saved be reducing costs
for personal and social issues. Nevertheless, also old rolling stock is
repainted with the new color scheme (e.g. Bernina railcar Xe 4/4 9922).
In November tha last of the new locos Ge 4/4 III (number 649) was supplied
to the RhB. All machines are used for heavy fast trains at the Albula line.
Only the 641 is still needed for testing the new techniques.
The old Ge 6/6 I "Crocodile" were drived out by the new Ge 4/4 III. Sometime
they are in use with a baggage train in the Engadine. The RhB was decided to
use them more often than in the last months because the bearingsd could be
damaged by standstill.
On the line Samedan-Pontresina you can find in the afternoons trains with
two ABe 4/4 railcars. Sometimes they pull the famous Bernina-Express with
the new coaches EW IV.
The RhB doesn't want to order more then the buyed nine Ge 4/4 III. The RhB
needs now some mid power railcars for the Chur-Arosa line. It seems that
they want to order railcars like the type of the Bernina ABe 4/4 III
The timetable, valid from May 28th, will show a new train called "Heidiland/
Bernina- Express". It starts from Landquart and will lead via Davos and
Filisur to St. Moritz. Some coaches will run directly with the normal
Bernina-Express from Samedan to Tirano. The train is a special is thought
for the usage by tourists.
SBB - Brunig Railway
The Brunig mountain line between Meiringen and Giswil was out of order from
Nov 2nd to Dec 16th. In this time there were done a lot of maintainance
works. The traffic was done by busses for 44 days.
Some of the interesting rolling stock stayed at the Lucerne- Stans-
Engelberg Railway in this time, so the panoramic coach As 102, the Bar coach
WR 421 and the Jass coach B 736 (Jass is a Swiss card game).
Sources: Eisenbahn-Magazin (Germany), Schweizer Eisenbahn-Revue
Copyright © 1995
Stefan Dringenberg, Jul 30, 1995