The RABDe 500 is named after Steivan Brunies, the co-founder of the Swiss National Park in eastern Switzerland. He lived 1877-1959. He was son of Henry Brunies, a gold digger from California and B... (more)
The Re 450, with a S2-line commuter train, heads to Effretikon.
The 460 leads the intercity train from Chur to Zurich. It shows the Swiss Radio- and TV Station Company livery "Idee Suisse", promoting for new ideas for Switzerland.
The universe 1044 engines are still in wide use in Austria. The 1044 094 is the last unit in the old OBB livery. Together with a ES 64 U2 it brought a freight train on the east-west route over Arl... (more)
The 33 locos of the Ce 6/8 II lot had been delivered as no. 14251 to 14283 in the years 1921-1922. They had been equipped with their typical bar-drive with a flywheel at the outer end to reduce vi... (more)
This BDe 4/4 stationed at Erstfeld is used for rail fan tours on Gotthard. It is open on both ends and has seats beside the driver for viewing, has a coffee bar and open doors in the baggage compa... (more)
On a railfan trip the BDe 4/4 stops in the summit of Gotthard tunnel at 1154 m / 3786 ft and we could visit the tunnel line room. Here, the man on duty has his half way break when checking the 15 ... (more)
The BDe 4/4 in the in Wattinger curve below Wassen on the northern ramp to the Gotthard tunnel. Several times a year railfans can book a special 4 hours trip on this beautiful SBB Historic engine ... (more)
The Ae 6/8 with 4'400 kW / 6'000 PS is a BLS historical engine, here on a "Nostalgie Rhein Express" trip from Freiburg (D) to Mendrisio. This unit was built 1939 and had for the first time in a hi... (more)
Two Re 482, a Re 6/6 and a Re 4/4 bringing a freight train from the south of Gotthard towards Basel. In the background the 1899m high mountain Mythen.
Another, so called Re 10/10 (Re 4/4 - Re 6/6 standard combination) goes through a avalanche protection (Aecheribach-gallery) on the Gotthard north ramp towards Wassen.
A heavy container train, pulled by two German TRAXX F140 AC1 units, comes up towards Wassen. For downhill trains, there are two ordinary road signs for warning not to overspeed 80 km/h.
June 13th, 1913, this alp transit line was opened. 33 tunnels and 22 bridges had to be built. The longest tunnel is the "Loetschbergtunnel", which is 9 miles long and has its summit on 4080 ft. Un... (more)
The 465 with the name of Simplon / Sempione has a Alp Transit promotion scheme (the new Lötschberg transit tunnel) for connecting the south (Italy) with the north (Central Europe).
The 439 m long bridge was built in 1896/97, more than 100 years ago and still fits for todays use ! The Interregio train moves slowly over the bridge, my luck.