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Swiss Diesel Locomotives

Welcome to the Swiss Diesel Locomotives page! Currently the page isdevelopment and new locos will be added regularly. Due to the Switzerland railroad history, the main power source for railways is electric, so there are only a very limited number of diesel locomotives around. There are also a pages for the Swiss Electric locomotives, Electric Multiple Units and Diesel Multiple units.

SBB Am843 at Cavorney, Switzerland
Picture above: Am 843 number 065 seen at Cavorney. Picture by Ilkka Siissalo.

Quick menu for Diesel and Hybrid (d-e) Locomotives:
Deutsche Bahn: Class 218 *
Rhätische Bahn: *
SBB: Am841 * Am843 * Class Tm IV *

RhB narrow gauge diesel number 116
Picture above: A Rhätische Bahn narrow gauge diesel number 116. Picture by Hannu Peltola.


Created for 4rail.net by John McKey, Ilkka Siissalo and Andreas Ehnberg. Pictures by Ilkka Siissalo, Sanna Siissalo, Hannu Peltola, Nick Slocombe, Andreas Ehnberg and John McKey.




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SBB Am843 at Cavorney, Switzerland
Swiss Diesel Locomotive Gallery has tens of diesel types, new and old, large machines and small locotractors.

   
 SBB Cargo and SBB Infra
SBB Am843 at Cavorney, Switzerland Am 843 of SBB Cargo and SBB Infra
One the classic road switchers types in use in Switzerland is Am 843, built in 2003-2009 by MaK/Vossloh.

Units built: 76    
Unit numbers
: Am 843 001-028, 041-043, 050, 052-095 
Maximum allowed speed
: 100 km/h (62 mph)  
Power
: 1500 kW (2110 hp), hydraulic drive
Usage
: Swiss freight road switcher


  Detailed information on class Am 843... 


SBB Am841 in Basel, Switzerland Am 841 of SBB Cargo
Built in GEC-Alstom Valencia (now Stadler Rail) 40 SBB Cargo units
haul often work trains for SBB Infra.

Units built: 40, GEC-Astom in 1996-97   
Unit numbers
: Am 841 000 - 841 039
Maximum allowed speed
: 80 km/h (50 mph)  
Power
: 735 kW (990 hp), diesel-electric DC drive
Usage
: Swiss freight road switcher


  Detailed information on class Am 841... 


   

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Normal Gauge Road Locomotives and Road Switchers

  Swiss Class Am 843 of SBB Cargo (Vossloh/MaK G1700)

SBB Am843 at Cavorney, Switzerland
Pictures: A Swiss Class Am 843, Vossloh/MaK built diesel road switcher of SBB Cargo at Cavorney. Pictures by Ilkka Siissalo.
SBB Am843 at Cavorney, Switzerland


Swiss Class Am 843 is a typical heavier road switcher for the area. Although electricity is used extensively, overhead wires don't span everywhere.

Technical Info for Swiss class Am 843 of SBB Cargo and SBB Infra
-> Type: Class Am 843
-> Operator: SBB AG Paseenger Sercvices, Cargo and Infra
-> Usage: medium road switcher diesel locomotive
-> Builder: Vossloh / MaK
-> Production dates: 2001 - 2009
-> Numbering
:
  -- SBB Infra: Am843 001- 014, 015 (was SBB Cargo #051), batch 2: 16 - 028
  -- SBB Personwerkehr: Am843 034- 035
  -- SBB Cargo: Am843 050 (from batch 2), 052 - 088, 091 - 095
-> Numbers in use
: 73
-> Road numbers: Am 843 001 - Am 843 095

-> Seen: Switzerland

-> Energy Source: Diesel fuel
-> Engined: Caterpillar 3512B DI-TA SCAC
-> Power output: 1500 kW (2000 Hp)

-> Transmission: Hydraulic with cardan shaft, Voith L5R4zseU2
-> Tractive Effort: 295 kN (29'500 lbf) start
-> Braking on traction motors (dynamic braking): not available
-> Wheel arrangement
: Bo'Bo'

-> Maximum allowed speed:
  -- Higher gear: 100 km/h (62 mph)
  -- Lower gear
: 40 km/h (25 mph)

-> Length: 14,7 / 15,2 m
-> Heigth
: 4,22 m
-> Width
: 3,08 m
-> Gauge: 1435 mm

-> Weight: 80 - 88 metric tons
-> Max axle weight: 22 metric tons

Notes

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 SBB/CFF Class Tm IV (Tm232) - Light Switcher Locomotive / Locotractor
SBB Tmi number 9679 in Mendrisio, Switzerland
Picture: An SBB Tm number 9679 was found in Mendrisio, Switzerland. SBB still maintains a network of small diesels and electrics to do the local switching work. Picture by Ilkka Siissalo.

Tm IV is the most powerful little diesel locotractor that SBB bought for various needs from 1970 to 1978. Many units were rebuilt to Tm232 in 2009 and 2010.

Technical details for class Tm IV
-> Seen: Switzerland
-> Type: Light locotractor
-> Operator: SBB AG
-> SBB Classification: Tm IV

-> Builder: SLM MAN MTU
-> Production dates: 1970 - 1978, rebuilt in 2008 - 2011
-> Numbers built: 94
-> Numbers in use: tens
-> Usage: Light local diesel switcher


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-> Energy Source: Diesel fuel
-> Engined: MAN R8V 16/18 or Caterpillar 13C Acert
-> Power output: 280 kW ( Hp)
-> Transmission: Hydraulic
-> Traction motors: -
-> Tractive Effort: 90 kN start
-> Braking effort on traction motors (dynamic braking): not available
-> Wheel arrangement: B
-> Wheel diameter: 950 mm as new

-> Maximum operational speed where possible: 30 / 60 km/h ( mph)

-> Length: 7,67 m
-> Heigth:
-> Width:

-> Weight: 30 metric tons
-> Max axle weight: 15 metric tons

-> Notes:
-- some units have been replaced newer types.


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Deutshe Bahn

  German Class 218 of Deutsche Bahn

DB Br218 number 202 in Basel. Switzerland
Picture: A German class 218 seen here in Basel, Switzerland. Picture by Ilkka Siissalo.

 

 


German Class 218 is a very common diesel road locomotive, so occasionally these can also be seen in other countries. 218 has a total of 418 prototypes, production and transferred units. Still a common sight many locomotives have gone through the main engine change / refurbishing.

 

Technical details for Class 218
-> Type: Baureihe / Class 218 of DB
-> Operator: Deutsche Bahn
-> Usage: medium road diesel locomotive
-> Builder: Krupp, Henschel, Krauss-Maffei, MaK
-> Production dates: 1968, 1971 - 1979
-> Numbers built: 418
-> Numbers in use: most

-> Seen: mostly Germany

-> Energy Source: Diesel fuel
-> Engined: MAN R8V 16/18 or Caterpillar 13C Acert
-- MTU 12V 956 TB10
-- MTU 12V 956 TB11
-- Pielstick 16PA 4V 200
-> Power output:
-- MTU TB10: 1839 kW ( Hp)
-- MTU TB11: 2060 kW ( Hp)
-- Pielstick: 1986 kW ( Hp)

-> Transmission: Hydraulic
-> Traction motors: -
-> Tractive Effort: 235 kN start
-> Braking effort on traction motors (dynamic braking): not available
-> Wheel arrangement: B'B'
-> Wheel diameter: mm as new

-> Maximum operational speed: 140 / 160 km/h ( mph)

-> Length: 16,4 m
-> Heigth:
-> Width:

-> Weight: 80 metric tons
-> Max axle weight: 20 metric tons

-> Notes:

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Narrow Gauge Locomotives

 Rhätische Bahn Diesel Locomotives -

Picture above: A Rhätische Bahn narrow gauge diesel number 116. Picture by Hannu Peltola.

Viafer retica number 243

Viafer retica number 243








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