RailPictures.Net Photo: SBB 11801 SBB Historic SLM BBC Ae 8/14 at Wassen, Switzerland by Jean-Marc Frybourg
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SLM BBC Ae 8/14 (more..)
Gotthard Line - Northern ramp (more..)
Wassen, Switzerland (more..)
August 26, 1981
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SBB 11801 (more..)
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In 1981, the Gotthard Line celebrated its 100th birthday. There were many historical trains all over the summer months. Here, we see the famous double locomotive Ae 8/14 11801 on the upper level of the Wassen site. The Ae 8/14 11801 was built in 1931, it is 111.5 ft long and has 7500HP. It passes the Rohrbach bridge and is about to enter the Naxberg Tunnel. The bridge had been damaged by an avalanche and trains were moving slowly. This site has been completely changed shortly afterwards. The bridge is replaced by a strong concrete tube which does not allow any more taking such pictures. The house to the right of the train is the Eggwald Block Station. The Wassen church can be seen in the distance, right behind the train. Farther away in the distance we can see the valley on the bottom of which lies the Erstfeld station, which is the starting point of the North grade of the Gotthard line: it gives an idea of how much the train has climbed since leaving Erstfeld (Erstfeld means "first field", because it is the first flat land beyond the mountains). Yes indeed, this is mountain railroading - the Swiss way!
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