Narrow Gauge News 2/1998 (August)
Bernese Oberland-RailwaysPassenger coaches with central entrance adopted to BOB standards
As reported in an earlier issue, BOB took over some passenger coaches with central entrance from the SBB Brünig-Railways. After being in service in the old state for a while they are now painted in the BOB livery. In addition, they were equipped with an automatic door closing mechanism and an additional storage compartment for skiing equipment.
Historic locomotives HGe 3/3
Basel Transport AuthorityTram cars extended
The first new tram car of type Be 4/6 S was put into operation in March 1998. The vehicle was extended by a low-floor middle-section by Adtranz, Altenrhein (former Schindler). 28 more tram cars will also be extended. Due to this measure the passenger load is increased by 25%. Nevertheless the new Be 4/6 S vehicles can still be operated on the entire BVB network.
BVB goes Internet
New Siemens tram cars
Chemins de fer électrique VeveysansNew motor coaches
Four new motor coaches of type Be 2/4 (so called GTW) were put into service on February 28, 1998. The first service took them from Chamby via Blonay to Vevey. This railway line was only used by the museum railway BC since it was closed down in the 60ies. It is now frequented by regular trains again. The historical trains still operate at week-ends.
Furka-Oberalp RailwayNew advertising locomotive
Now the HGe 4/4 II 106 is advertising for "Sion 2006" to support the application of the city of Sion to host the Olympic winter games in 2006. Some panoramic coaches are already equipped with "Sion 2006" posters since 1997.
Construction works for new Gotthard railway tunnel
Extention of Bitsch train stop
New maintenance and repair center
Gornergratbahn100 year anniversary
Gronergrat-Railways will celebrate their 100 year anniversary on August 20, 1998. A special coin will be released on the occasion of this event. It is available at all GGB stations.
The 106 years old steam locomotive G 3/3 "Johann Fuchs" is on exhibition near Zermatt station. This locomotive was in use during the construction of the railway line as from 1897. Public trains used electrical traction ever since. G 3/3 was hired and than sold to a Spanish railway authority. G 3/3 will go back to Spain to be displayed with a historical freight car near Barcelona station in 1999.
Jungfrau RailwayRevision of the motor coach Bhe 4/8
The first major maintenance had to be carried out on the motor coaches Bhe 4/8 build in 1992. The work was carried out in winter 1997/98 and completed in 7 weeks per vehicle. The wear of the cog-wheel drive was far less than the wear of comparable older drives.
Montreux-Oberland Bernoise RailwayNo more mountain cattle transports at MOB
Due to construction activities for a new road in Gstaad MOB was forced to wreck the goods ramp. The goods ramp was in use for the loading and unloading of mountain cattle in closed freight cars. Therefore the last such transports were carried out in 1997!
It is hoped that the cattle transports at RhB to the Schanfigg and Engadine will not be abandoned.
Four cars of a historic train derailed in Grüsch on July 25, 1998. These cars are normally in use with steam trains. The three second class passenger coaches were not seriously damaged. In contrast the luggage car D 4052 "Rhätia-Stübli" was damaged to the extent that it cannot be rebuild. The red D 4054 will be overhauled and used as a replacement for the damaged D 4052. D 4052 was equipped with a new heating system with the financial aid of the association of the "Dampffreunde der RhB" in 1997.
New locomotive with advertising
Rebuilding of Chur main station
Avalanche baffle works at the Albula line
Pullman coaches rebuild
Modernisation of Ge 6/6 II locomotives
Crocodile-locomotives Ge 6/6 I in regular service
Ge 4/4 III 647 in service again
New driving trailer for Chur-Arosa line
New rolling stock
50.000 meters of new rails for Vereina tunnel
Historic Bernina motor coach in original design?
SBB Brünig-RailwayNew design
After all locomotives were equipped with the "Brünig"-logo, the motor coaches of type De are also equipped with the new logo now.
Pressedienst Rhätische Bahn
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