Narrow Gauge News 1/1996 (January)
BC - Historic Railway Blonay-Chamby
The BC has reconstructed an old 2-axle open summer coach from the former
Ferrovia Lugano-Cadro-Dino LCD. This coach, C 21 "Giardiniera", was built in
1911 and was one of the most famous wagons of the FLP. The reconstruction lasted
for 2 years and has been finished in summer ī95.
The next project is renewing the old bagagge railcar Fe 4/4 151 from
Geneva. It shall be back on rails again in 1997.
FLP - Ferrovia Lugano - Ponte Tresa
The old FLP railcar ABe 4/4 3 (built 1912) can now be found at the RhB
Bellinzona-Mesocco line. It shall be used for tourist trips in summer
1996 on the rest line Cama-Castione. The railcar is owned by the
Associazione Amici della Ferrovia Mesolcinese (AAFM).
FO - Furka-Oberalp-Railway
In second half of October the Oberalp line was renewd between the 3rd
trun round tunnel and Nätschen station. For this operation the line
was closed for some days totally. The new tracks are mounted on Y-
LSE - Lucerne-Stans-Engelberg Railway
At October 10th a long shuttle train crashed into a bufferstop in Lucerne
main station. Three persons were hurt. Nobody knows why the bufferstop had
not absorbed the kinetic energy of the crash
MIB - Meiringen-Innertkirchen Railway
The MIB will get a new four-achsle railcar in winter 95/96. This will
replace one or both of the old Bem 4/4 (formely used as tramway cars at the
OEG Mannheim, Germany)
MOB - Montreux-Oberland Bernois Railway
Since summer there twelve different Panoramic Express trains:
Additionaly the Golden-Panoramic-Expreß à la carte can be hired
in the afternoon. The train can be reserved directly at the MOB.
- 4 CRYSTAL-PANORAMIC-Expreß Only first class, with reservation
- 2GOLDEN-PANORAMIC-Expreß First and second class, with reservation
- 2 PANORAMIC-Expreß First and second class, with reservation
- 4 REGIONAL-PANORAMIC-Expreß First and second class, without
The steering coaches "Grand Vue" have got an new outfit and new
technical equipment. They are now compatible to the coaches of SBB
Brünig/LSE/BOB and are prepared for automatic coupling.
The cooperation between MOB and Chemins de fer eléctriques
Veveysans (Vevey - Blonay - Les Pleiades) CEV has been extended. Now two
MOB railcars (Be 4/4 1002 and 1004) do their duties at CEV, whereas CEV
Te 81 is used at the MOB. Vehicle maintaining is now done at the MOB
workshop in Cherneux.
RhB - Rhetian Railway - Bernina line
At the end of August a steam train reached first time in history the Ospizio
Bernina. The train was pulled by the very first steam loco of the RhB, G 3/4
1, which was built in 1889. It was brought to the line secretly with help of
two old Bernina railcars.
RhB - Rhetian Railway - Chur-Arosa line
For video recordings a trains with Bernina ABe 4/4 32 (1908) was seen on the
ChA line. The railcar drove up to Arosa with second class coach B 2245
(formerly ChA). On way back to Chur the train pulled an additional freight
waggon Gb. In the 1940ies the railcar got a special switch so that it
can be used both on the Bernina and on the Chur-Arosa line.
RhB - Rhetian Railway - Main Network
The RhB had decided to remove one pantograph from the historic "Crocodile"
locos Ge 6/6 I after an accident of an engineer. There are still four locos
"alive" (411, 412, 414, 415) which were built in 1929. The locos
now look very mutilated ...
For the "Eidgenössischen Schwingfest&qout; (a traditional meeting)
on August 19th/20th, the second track of the line between Chur and Felsberg
was closed for RhB trains. The closed track was used by SBB trains (standard
gauge, 3 rail/track) to reach a temporary station near Felsberg.
The "Steam Summer" of the RhB was very successfull. The highlight
was a train pulled by all three steam locos G 3/4 1 (1889), G 4/5 107 and
108 (both 1906) on August 27th. It runs from Chur to Disentis and back
Because of the success of the steam trips the RhB is planning new trips for
next year. In winter they want the make some tours with the famous rotary
steam snowplug X rot d 9213. We wish a lot fun for that events ...
For the above mentioned video recordings some freight trains between Samedan
and Scuol were pulled by historic locos Ge 2/4 222 (1913) and Ge 6/6 I
(1929). Funny: In reality this composition couldnīt be seen at this line ...
SBB - Brünig Railway
Like the FO, the Brünig line was closed between November 2nd and
December 15th for maintaining. The normal passenger traffic was done by
bus. In this time the old rack rails were exchanged, also the overhead
wire was renewed.
For the service trains the SBB has rent BOB HGm 2/2 31.
Sources: Eisenbahn-Magazin (Germany), Schweizer Eisenbahn-Revue
Copyright © 1996 Stefan
Mar 3rd, 1996