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Swiss Electric Locomotives

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Quick Menu for Swiss Electric Locomotive types:
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DB Schenker class 185 number 142 is special livery, Erstfeld, Switzerland
Picture above: A Railion beautifully colored Traxx locomotive of DB Schenker is seen here at the rugged mountain landscape of Erstfeld, Switzerland. The TRAXXmotives pulling power is well needed here. Picture by Peider SwissTrip.

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  Three Most Common Electric Locomotive Types in Switzerland

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




SBB Crocodile ce6-8 II from Erstfeld Switzerland
Swiss RR Gallery Pages have hundreds of pictures from the heart of the mountains.

ICN / Rabde500 at Wassen on Gotthard Route
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SBB Cargo Re 10/10 in Muttenz Switzerland
For the Swiss rolling stock see pages for Electric Locos, Diesel Locos, Electric Multiple Units and Diesel Multiple Units.

BLS class 486 loco number 502 with freight in Eiken, Switzerland Bombardier TRAXX 2 Electric Locomotives
Despite the ever present older Swiss models, today the TRAXX locomotives of various second generation models (all look externally almost the same) are most common freight haulage machines. These are owned by just about any serious operator, so they can be seen in all flavors and colors in just about any main route in Switzerland.


SBB Re460 with coaches at Aigle, Switzerland Bahn 2000 Program Locomotives Re460 and Re465
Re460 and Re465, sometimes dubbed as "LOK2000" were next generation locomotives for Switzerland and Nordic countriers in 1990s. As these are intensely used for traffic within Swiss borders, you can often see these either hauling heavy passenger services or freight.


   
  BLS

BLS brand new class 486 loco number 503 with mixed freight in Effingen, Switzerland

BLS class 486 loco number 508 with intermodal freight in Immensee, Switzerland

BLS Swiss Class Re 486 Locomotive (Bombardier TRAXX F140 MSe)
The latest version of TRAXX-locomotives of Swiss class 486 are used mainly for the heavier trains of international intermodal traffic through the mountains. Units are painted and vinyled quite handsomely with bright colors and large pictures!

Units built for BLS: 10    
Unit numbers
: 486 501 - 486 510
Maximum allowed speed
: 140 km/h (87 mph)  
Electrical systems
: 15kV 16,7 Hz, 25kV 50 Hz, 1500V & 3000V DC
Usage
: Swiss international route freight traffic

  Detailed information on class 486 and units... 



BLS class 485 number 005 in passing Weil am Rhein in Germany BLS Swiss Class Re 485 Locomotive (Bombardier TRAXX F14 AC1)
The often seen locomotive running the BLS intermodal trains is the Re485 of BLS.

Units built for BLS: 20    
Unit numbers
: 485 001 - 485 020
Maximum allowed speed
: 140 km/h (87 mph)  
Electrical systems
: 15kV 16,7 Hz, 25kV 50 Hz
Usage
: Swiss international route freight traffic


  Detailed information on class 485 and units... 


BLS Re465s with freight in Munsingen, Switzerland
BLS Class Re 465 "LOK 2000" AC Locomotive
The multipurpose powerful locomotive from 1990s can often seen on the point of various types trains.

Units built: 18 for BLS out of around 200 total    
Unit numbers
: 465 001 - 465 018
Maximum allowed speed
: 230 / 160 km/h (143 / 100 mph)  
Electrical systems
: 15kV 16,7 Hz
Usage
: Swiss international route freight traffic


  Detailed information on class 465 and units... 


BLS German class 186 loco number 535 with boxes at Sissach, Switzerland

BLS hired Class 185 Locomotive (TRAXX F140 AC1)
This locomotive needs verification.

Unit type: Bombardier TRAXX F140 AC1  
Unit numbers
: 185 xxx
Maximum allowed speed
: 140 km/h (87 mph)   
Electrical systems
: 15kV 16,7 Hz
Usage
: Swiss international route freight traffic


  Detailed information on class 185... 

  Lokoop (fallen flag)
Lokoop Traxxes Lokoop TRAXX F140 AC 1, Swiss Class 486
 SBB AG
SBB Cargo Re482 number 001 in Muttenz Switzerland

SBB Class 482 and 482.2 TRAXX1
These locos haul mainly north - south international freight for their owner.

Units built: 50 for the operator    
Unit numbers: 482 000 - 482 034, 482(.2) 035 - 049
Maximum allowed speed: 140 km/h (87 mph)  
Electrical systems: 
15kV 16,7 Hz, 25kV 50 Hz
Usage: Swiss international route freight traffic


   Detailed information on class 482 and 482.2... 

SBB Re460 with coaches at Aigle, Switzerland  
SBB RE450 number 033 and Re4/4 number 11201, Zurich, Switzerland  
   

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BLS

 Swiss Class Re 486 - General Purpose Traxx 2 Locomotive for BLS
BLS brand new class 486 loco number 503 with mixed freight in Effingen, Switzerland
Pictures: The Traxx 2 class 486 locos of the BLS hauling the freight across the Alps. Pictures by Peider SwissTrip.
BLS brand new class 486 loco number 504 with boxes Villnachern, Switzerland

For a confusion in recognition, there are two separate class 486s in Switzerland, this Traxx 1 class of Lokoop / SBB Cargo / MTbH and the Traxx 2 class of the BLS. While the class and the shape are conflicting, the unit numbers for the BLS locos are in 501 - 510 range and the unit numbers for the Lokoop locos are / were in range 654 - 656.

On the left the BLS locos are seen at the tip of the heavy freights. The loco sides are covered with very well to the locomotive fitting vinyls advertising the BLS Cargo.

Technical details for BLS class 486 (Traxx F140 MS)
-> Type: Traxx 2E , Traxx F140 MS
-> Builder: Bombardier  
-> Operator: BLS Cargo  
-> Usage: general purpose freight locomotive 

-> Road numbers: 486 501 - 486 510
-> Production dates: 2008 - 2009, current production model 
-> Numbers built for the operator: 10  
   
-> Seen: mostly heavy Alp freight use,
-> Possible operations areas: Austria, Germany, Italy, Switzerland  
-> Energy Source: electricity,
  -- 1500 V DC,
  -- 3000 V DC,
  -- 15kV 16,66 Hz AC and
  -- 25 kV 50 Hz

-> Power output: 5600 kW (7614 Hp), 4 x 1400 KW
-> Track motors: BT 1061064251 
-> Tractive Effort: 300 kN 
-> Braking effort on traction motors (dynamic braking): 240 kN 
     
-> Wheel arrangement: Bo'Bo'   
-> Wheel diameter: 1250 mm
-> Maximum operational speed: 140 km/h (87 mph) 
   
-> Length: 18,90 m 
-> height: 3,85 m
-> Width: 2,98 m
-> Weight: 84 metric tons (,000 lb)
-> Max. axel weight: 21,25 metric tons  
-> Gauge: 1435 mm
   
-> Train control systems for:
  -- Austria, Germany, Italy, Switzerland
  -- ETCS2, SCMT(Italy)
-> Multiple operations capacity with: similar Traxx locos, including DB 185
-> Couplers: Hook and chain    
     
-> Specials:





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 Swiss Class Re 486 - General Purpose Traxx 1 Locomotive for the Lokoop
Lokoop Traxxes
Picture above: The Traxx 1 Lokoop locos in Kreuzlingen, Switzerland. Picture by Ilkka Siissalo.

For a confusion in recognition, there are two separate class 486s in Switzerland, this Traxx 1 class of Lokoop / SBB Cargo / MTbH and the Traxx 2 class of BLS. While the class and the shape are conflicting, the unit numbers for the BLS locos are in 501 - 510 range and the unit numbers for the Lokoop locos are / were in range 654 - 656.

MTbH ordered the first type of Traxx 1 Swiss class 486 locomotives for its Lokoop operation. After Lokoop insolvency in 2003 these locos went over to SBB Cargo which sold them to MRCE. The train leasing company sold them further to HGK, Eko Trans, RBH and Rail4chem (Captrain), where they are today in use. According to sources all these locos are today in use in Germany. Their current classification is to be confirmed.





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  Class Re 485 - General Purpose Traxx 1 Locomotive for the BLS
BLS class 485 number 005 in passing Weil am Rhein in Germany
Picture above: The Traxx 1 F140 AC1 / Swiss Class 485 BLS number 005 is pulling an intermodal truck train past Weil am rhein on the German-Swiss border. The first car behind the locomotive is a coach for the drivers. Unlike in U.S., where the trailer is separated from the tractor and often the trailer separated from the container, the trucks in Europe are often transported as whole units. Picture by Ilkka Siissalo.

Below: Two BLS Cargo 'rolling highway' intermodal trains meet south of the German terminal at Freiburg im Breisgau. These direct truck hauling services are provided from Freiburg, Germany to Novarra, Italy.
Picture by Peider SwissTrip. Where the BLS intermodals meet..., Germany

The Traxx 1 locomotives of BLS Cargo are used mostly for Alp transit traffic. The locos work as pools with German Deutsche Bahn class 185 TRAXX locos forming double headed freight trains with one loco from each operator.


Technical details for Swiss class 485
->Technical details for Swiss class 485
-> Type: Traxx 1 , Traxx F140 AC1
-> Builder: Bombardier Transportation 
-> Operator: BLS, BLS    
-> Usage: general purpose freight road locomotive 

-> Production dates: 2002 - 2004  
-> Numbers built for the operator: 20  

-> Seen: international rail freight in cooperation with DB Schenker of Germany   
-> Energy Source: electricity, 25 kV 50 Hz and 15kV 16,66 Hz AC
-> Power output: 5600 kW (7614 Hp), 4 x 1400 KW
-> Track motors: BT xxx 
-> Tractive Effort: 300 kN 
-> Braking effort on traction motors (dynamic braking): 240 kN   

-> Wheel arrangement: Bo'Bo'   
-> Wheel diameter: 1250 mm
-> Maximum operational speed: 140 km/h (87 mph) 

-> Length: 18,90 m 
-> height: 3,85 m
-> Width: 2,98 m
-> Gauge: 1435 mm
-> Weight: 84 metric tons (,000 lb)
-> Max. axel weight: 21 metric tons  


-> Train control systems:
-- for Switzerland, Germany, Austria
-- ETCS2, Integra, ZUB262
-> Multiple operations capacity with: 482, 485, 486 and German class 185
-> Couplers: Hook and chain    

-> Specials:  
- locomotives operate in pools with the DB Schenker units.
 





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  BLS Class Re465 - General Purpose "Lok 2000" Locomotive

BLS Re465s with freight in Munsingen, Switzerland
Seen on the point of the container freight the BLS Re465 units 011 and 012 have an easy task handling the train on the level grounds of Münsingen. Below a typical slogan for BLS "Connecting Europe" on unit 001, but the livery is more unique. Pictures by Peider SwissTrip.
BLS Re465 001 advertising "Connecting Europe" at Munsingen, Switzerland
Re465

Picture above: A typical class Re465 BLS multipurpose locomotive, this time at the point of a passenger train. Picture by Ilkka Siissalo.

Probably the locomotive, you see the second most in Switzerland is the Re460 for the SBB/CFF. It's stronger and more advanced variant Re465 of this is used by the BLS. These powerful and modern red AC electrics are real multipurpose workhorses for their owner.

There are also close cousins to the Re465: Re460 for the SBB/CFF (Switzerland), EL18 of NSB (Norway) and Sr2 of VR (Finland).

Technical details of Swiss Class Re 465
-> Type: LOK2000
-> Classes: Swiss SBB Re460, Swiss BLS Re465, Norwegian EL18, Finnish Sr2 
-> Builder: Originally built by SLM/ABB, most current units by Bombardier 

-> Usage: Heavy multipurpose locomotive.
   
-> Production dates: 1991 to 2003
-> Numbers built: 207, 18 for BLS    
-> Gauge: 1435 mm (4' 8.5")

-> User: BLS 
-> Seen: Switzerland

-> Energy Source: overhead electricity, 15 kV 16 2/3 Hz 
-> Electric system: Adtranz - GTO thyristors and 3 phase AC traction motors.
-> Power can be fed back to the network during dynamic braking
-> Power: 7000 kW (according to Jane's 6400kW (8575 Hp))
-> Traction motors type:  
-> Tractive Effort: 300 kN  start

-> Wheel arrangement:  Bo'Bo'

-> Wheel diameter: 1100/1125 mm as new
-> Pantograph: Swiss type
-> Maximum operational speed:  230 km/h (143 mph)  

-> Length: 18,5 m 
-> Heigth: 4,3 m
-> Width: 3,0 m   


-> Weight:  82-84 metric tons   
-> Axle weight max: 21 tons
 



Related information
  More information on Loko2000 Program Page...
  Finnish VR-Yhtyma Sr2 "Guinea Pig" Page...







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  BLS German Class 185 - Generic Traxx locomotive

BLS German class 186 loco number 535 with boxes at Sissach, Switzerland
Seen in Sissach, Switzerland the BLS Cargo German class 185 loco leads the way to the intermodal train. Picture by Peider SwissTrip.

The BLS had before the arrival of its class 486 several German class 185 locomotives on hire to handle the boom in intermodal / rolling highway traffic. These were returned to their owner at the turn of the decade, when new own TRAXXes arrived.

Technical details of German Class 185
-> Type: Traxx 1 & 2 , Traxx F140 AC1 and Traxx F140 AC2 
-> Builder: Bombardier Transportation 
-> Operator: BLS Cargo  
-> Owner: Angel Trains    
-> Usage: general purpose freight locomotive 
   
-> Production dates: 2000s
-> Numbers built for the operators: over 1000
-> Unit numbers: 185 535, ...  
   
-> Seen: international rail freight mainly between Germany and Switzerland    
-> Energy Source: overhead electricity, AC 15kV 16,66 Hz and 25 kV 50 Hz
-> Power output: 5600 kW (7614 Hp), 4 x 1400 KW
-> Track motors: BT xxx 
-> Tractive Effort: 300 kN 
-> Braking effort on traction motors (dynamic braking): 240 kN   
     
-> Wheel arrangement: Bo'Bo'   
-> Wheel diameter: 1250 mm
-> Maximum operational speed: 140 km/h (87 mph) 
   
-> Gauge: 1435 mm
-> Length: 18,90 m 
-> height: 3,85 m
-> Width: 2,98 m
-> Weight: 84 metric tons (,000 lb)
-> Max. axel weight: 21 metric tons  
   
-> Train control systems:
-- for Switzerland, Germany, Austria
-- ETCS, ...
-> Multiple operations capacity with: German class 185
-> Couplers: Hook and chain    
     
-> Notes:  
     - Units returned to their owner after the arrival of class 486 of BLS.



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SBB AG / SBB Cargo

 SBB/CFF Class Re482 and 482.2 - General Purpose Traxx Locomotives
SBB class 482 number 008 with an intermodal train passing Weil am Rhein in Germany
Picture above: The Traxx F140 AC1 / SBB 482 number 009 is rolling past Weil am Rhein platform near the Swiss German border. Picture by Ilkka Siissalo.

Below the 482 are lining up for the assignment in the light snow fall at Muttenz, Switzerland. Picture by Ilkka Siissalo.

SBB Cargo Re482 number 001 in Muttenz Switzerland

The Traxx 1 and 2 (F140 AC1 and F140 AC2) for the SBB Cargo were acquired to cope with the growing international traffic at the time. Since then the Traxx platform of Bombardier has become "the locomotive" for the Western and Northern Europe.

   
Technical details for Swiss class 482 and 482.2
-> Type: Traxx 1 & 2 , Traxx F140 AC1 and Traxx F140 AC2 
-> Builder: Bombardier Transportation 
-> Operator: SBB Cargo (Swiss Railways)     
-> Usage: general purpose freight locomotive 
   
-> Production dates: 2002 - 2004, unit 035 built in 2004, others in 2005 - 2006   
-> Numbers built for the operator: 35 + 15 = 50
-> Unit numbers: 482 000 - 482 034, 482(.2) 035 - 049  
   
-> Seen: international rail freight mainly between Germany and Switzerland    
-> Energy Source: overhead electricity, AC 15kV 16,66 Hz and 25 kV 50 Hz
-> Power output: 5600 kW (7614 Hp), 4 x 1400 KW
-> Track motors: BT xxx 
-> Tractive Effort: 300 kN 
-> Braking effort on traction motors (dynamic braking): 240 kN   
     
-> Wheel arrangement: Bo'Bo'   
-> Wheel diameter: 1250 mm
-> Maximum operational speed: 140 km/h (87 mph) 
   
-> Gauge: 1435 mm
-> Length: 18,90 m 
-> height: 3,85 m
-> Width: 2,98 m
-> Weight: 84 metric tons (,000 lb)
-> Max. axel weight: 21 metric tons  
   
-> Train control systems:
-- for Switzerland, Germany, Austria
-- ETCS, ...
-> Multiple operations capacity with: 482, 485, 486 and German class 185
-> Couplers: Hook and chain    
     
-> Notes:  
     - The unit 035 was originally a demonstrator for the Traxx 2 platform of
        Bombardier and was used for performance tests in 2004. Other units 
        of both series are new.
 





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 Swiss SBB Class Re460 - General Purpose "Loko 2000 Program" Locomotive

SBB Re460 with coaches at Aigle, Switzerland
Picture above: In bright livery for myswitzerland.com the Re460 number 036 easily hauls the coaches through the valley in Aigle, Switzerland. Picture by Peider SwissTrip.

Re460 with add livery
Picture above: Sporting in bright advertisement livery the SBB Re460 number 42 is making a scheduled stop with its coaches. Picture by Ilkka Siissalo.

Picture below: Re460 numbers 012 and 032 at their terminal in Zurich. This is the typical "Swiss" red livery the locos are famous for. The attractive design is by Italians, technology from the Swiss LOK2000 program. Pictures by Andreas Ehnberg.
SBB RE460 number 032, Zurich, SwitzerlandSBB RE460 number 012, Zurich, Switzerland

Probably the locomotive, you see the second most in Switzerland is the Re460 for the SBB/CFF. These powerful and modern red AC electrics pull most of the locomotive powered passenger trains and seem to have an ability to be present everywhere despite their limited number. Many unit have had occasionally advertisement vinyls covering them.

There are also close cousins of the LOK2000 program to the Re460: Re465 for the BLS (Switzerland), EL18 of NSB (Norway) and Sr2 of VR (Finland). The most obvious outward difference is that many foreign units have part or all the lowermost design cover plates removed.

Used in the high speed traffic with numerous tunnels and train meetings the Re 460 locomotives have pressure controlled cabs. The design keeps the pressure fluctuations totally away from the train personnel on the cab. At the same time this feature also provides for a quiet temperature controlled microclimate for comfortable working environment.


Technical details of Swiss Class Re 460
-> Type: LOK2000 variant Re 460 for the SBB/CFF
-> Classes: Swiss SBB Re460, Swiss BLS Re465, Norwegian EL18, Finnish Sr2 
-> Builder: Originally built by SLM/ABB, most current units by Bombardier 

-> Usage: Heavy electric road passenger and freight locomotive.
   
-> Production dates: 1991 to 2003, SBB 1991 - 1996  
-> Numbers built: 207, 119 for SBB    
-> Gauge: 1435 mm (4' 8.5") for SBB

-> Users: SBB AG
-> Seen: Switzerland long distance and regional traffic.

-> Energy Source: overhead electricity AC 15 kV 16 2/3 Hz 
-> Electric system: Adtranz - GTO thyristors and 3 phase AC traction motors.
Power can be fed back to the network
-> Power: 6100 kW  
-> Traction motors type:  
-> Tractive Effort: 300 kN  start


-> Wheel arrangement:  Bo'Bo'
-> Wheel diameter: 1100/1125 mm as new
-> Pantograph: According to the area specifications
-> Maximum operational speed:  230 km/h (143 mph)  

-> Length: 18,5 m 
-> Heigth: 4,3 m
-> Width: 3,0 m   


-> Weight: 84 metric tons   
-> Axle weight max: 21 tons
 

 

Related information
  LOK 2000 Program Locos Page...
  Finnish VR-Yhtyma Sr2 "Guinea Pig" Page...




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 Swiss Class Re450 - SBB Push-Pull-Commuter Locomotive
SBB RE450 number 033 and Re4/4 number 11201, Zurich, Switzerland
Picture above: The SBB class 450 stopped at Zurich station in Switzerland with the double decked coaches forming the normal train consist. Picture by Andreas Ehnberg.
Re450 with coaching at Wädenwil in Zürich, Switzerland

Class 450 is a usual sight on the locomotive pulled local trains for Zurich, Switzerland. The re450, 2 double decked coaches and a similar driving trailer form a "virtual EMU".


Technical details of the class 450
Type: Re450 (locomotive part)
Classes
: Swiss SBB Re450
Builder
: Built by SLM/ABB
Usage: Medium sized local trains road passenger locomotive.
   
-> Production dates: 1989 - 1997  
-> Numbers built: 115
-> Road numbers 450 000 - 450 114
-> Gauge: 1435 mm (4' 8.5")

-> Users: Swiss SBB/CFF/FFS
-> Seen: Swiss local traffic as a formation Loco-B-AB-Driving trailer
-- typically 387 seats / unit
-- 81 first class seats
-- 306 second class seats

-> Energy Source: AC 15 kV 16.7 Hz
-> Electric system: Adtranz - GTO thyristors and 3 phase AC traction motors.
-> Power: 3200 kW
-> Traction motors type:  
-> Tractive Effort: 240 kN  start
-> Wheel arrangement:  Bo'Bo'
-> Wheel diameter: mm as new
-> Pantograph: According to the area specifications

-> Maximum operational speed:  130 km/h ( mph), 

-> Length: 18,4 m 
-> Heigth: 4,5 m
-> Width: 2,98 m   

-> Weight:  74 metric tons
-> Axle weight max: tons 


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