Narrow Gauge News 3/1999 (October)
Blonay - Chamby Museum LineRe-commissioning of preserved RhB As 2
Saloon carriage As2 built in 1903 for the RhB was re-commissioned over the Whitsun weekend. It was replaced during the 1930's when the current saloon carriages were acquired and subsequently modified after WW II to an observation carriage on the Bernina Railway, unfortunately the modification saw removal of its grand interior decor and replacement by 44 plain rotating seats.
Towards the end of the 1960's, it was itself replaced and donated to the Blonay - Chamby Museum where it was used as a stationary souvenir shop until 1988. Financial constraints prevented restoration to its full former glory, and thus the reconstruction was a compromise however the restroation has been carried out to a high standard, and has been well received by the public.
Berner Oberland BahnenDouble track in operation
Operation of the double track section between Wilderswil and Zweilütschinen commenced on 30th May after four years of construction. This has already resulted in considerable journey time reductions due to the higher permitted speeds, improved reliability, and increased efficiency in the use of staff and rolling stock (see below). The works were part of the SFr 32m "Bahn 2000" project, and were designed to eliminate conflicting movements at Zweilütschinen.
Power Car sold abroad
Wengen signalbox operational
Restoration of A182 completed
Furka - Bergstrecke AG Steam RailwaySevere damage to locomotive No 9
Locomotive HG 3/4 number 9 "Gletschhorn" (formerly No 2) was severely damaged on August 5th when a crank pin sheared causing severe damage to the entire inside drive mechanism. Recovery of the engine to Realp depot proved difficult, and with repairs likely to be protracted, and in the region of SFr 200,000, its participation in the opening of the line to Gletsch in 2000 must be in doubt.
FO loan to DFB
DFB No 6 returns to Realp
Snowplough set up in Oberwald
Furka - Oberalp - BahnReconditioning of Xrotm 4934
Following 20 years of exemplary service for the FO, rotary snowplough Xrotm 4934 has been sent to its original manufacturers Beilhack in Rosenheim (Germany) for a major overhaul including replacement of its two air-cooled 12 cylinder diesel engines by one large water cooled engine. It is due to return in time for the onset of the 1999/2000 winter.
Rhaetian RailwayNew advertising livery for Ge 4/4 III 648
Locomotive 648 "Susch" which was painted in a livery advertising the Vereina Line construction works in 1997, was returned to traffic on May 10th in an updated version of the same livery incorporating a larger Vereina Line slogan and portraits of the RhB staff.
Trial runs with car transporters
Delivery of low-floor driving trailers
Lightweight birthday party
Return of the Bernina Crocodile
Return to service of Diesel Locomotive Gm 4/4 241
Reconstruction of Disentis station
New bogie well container wagons
Further Ge 4/4 III
Modifications to AB carriages
Return of restaurant car WR 3814
Bergbahn Rheineck - WalzenhausenNarrow gauge tracks extended
In conjunction with the reconstruction of Rheineck station, the opportunity has been taken to extend the RhW tracks into the former platform 1. This provided the rare event of regauging from Standard to narrow gauge (1,200 mm) tracks. The RhW was built and operated as a funicular railway in 1896 until conversion to a cogwheel line in 1958. Only one item of rolling stock is owned - a single power car BDeh 1/2 No1.
SBB BrünigbahnDerailment at Sachseln
A shuttle train was derailed on 31st May due to the points being changed under it whilst it was entering Sachseln Station. Fortunately nobody was injured despite both bogies of the trailer car jumping the tracks.
Landslide causes service disruption
Special livery for the Brünig - Panorama - Express
Transports publics du ChablisMerger
TPC is the operating name for the new company formed by the merger of the former AL (Aigle - Leysin), ASD (Aigle - Le Sepey - Les Diablerets), AOMC (Aigle - Ollon - Monthey - Champery), and BVB ( Bex - Villars - Bretaye) companies. In practice, the companies had been working together as a group for many years so a merger was entirely logical.
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