Swiss 460's

Alan Apr 13, 2000

  1. Alan

    Alan Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    The last time I visited Switzerland, the class 460 electrics were arriving, but were having teething problems, and were only running secondary trains.

    At that time most passenger trains were Re4/4" powered. Have the 460's taken over most passenger trains now, or are they more useful on heavy freights over the Gotthard?

    What are the Re4/4" locomotives doing now? Are they still busy?

    Alan

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  2. John Whitby

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    I had to reply to this one Alan as the Re460(and 465) are some of my favourite locos. The teething troubles appear to have been sorted with typical Swiss efficiency.At the moment the Re460's are certainly being used on heavy Gotthard line freights (usually in multiple) but not normally on passenger trains. They are also used on many IR and IC passenger services in other parts of the country particularly those which are formed of push-pull or double-decker stock. These routes include Zurich to Geneva, the Rhone Valley line from Brig to Geneva, the Lotschberg line (including Interlaken), Geneva-Bern-Luzern and the Zurich to Luzern line. They can also be found hauling some EC services on these routes. The faithful Re4/4 ll's are still hard at work all over the country working alongside the Re460's and they still haul most of the lighter Gotthard route passenger services with the larger Re6/6's usually assigned to the heavier EC services.
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  3. Alan

    Alan Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Thanks for the info John. I knew I could rely on you for Swiss questions [​IMG]

    I am pleased the Re4/4'' are still busy, they have put in sterling service over the years, also the Re6/6. Saw a couple of these storm up the grade through Kandersteg and into the Lotchberg tunnel with a heavy freight, very impressive!!

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