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Swiss Rack Railcars and Multiple Units[Inhalt]
Arth-Rigi Railway BCeh 2/3
Switzerland | 1911 | only one produced
No. 6 in the year 2001
No. 6 in the year 2001
Peter Alder / Peter elektro
General
Built1911
ManufacturerSWS, SLM, Oerlikon
Axle config3 
Gauge4 ft 8 1/2 in (Standard gauge)
Seats50
Dimensions and Weights
Length40 ft 0 5/16 in
Total wheelbase22 ft 11 9/16 in
Empty weight15,432 lbs
Service weight51,809 lbs
Adhesive weight0 lbs
Power
Power sourceelectric - DC
Electric system1,500 V
Hourly power523 hp (390 kW)
Top speed9 mph
Starting effort20,233 lbf
Power Plant
Boiler
Calculated Values
EMU
cog railway
local
secondary line
last changed: 10 2023
Arth-Rigi Railway CFeh 2/4 No. 11-14
Rigi Railway BDhe 2/4
Switzerland | 1949 | 4 produced
BDhe 2/4 14 with ski mounts shortly before repainting in 2005
BDhe 2/4 14 with ski mounts shortly before repainting in 2005
Heitersberg

After the Second World War, the Arth-Rigi-Bahn initially ordered two new cog railcars, which were intended to cover demand at peak times, among other things. Like the previous locomotives, they only had a rack drive. For this purpose, each of the two-axle bogies had a traction motor that drove the cog wheel. A third vehicle was added in 1954. After initially being used with existing trailer cars without a control compartment, three control cars were purchased at the end of the 1950s to match the three power cars. The vehicles were later given the designation BDhe 2/4 11 to 13.

The fleet was only completed in 1967 with the delivery of another unit consisting of a power car and a control car. This was largely redesigned and, with increased external dimensions, also offered a new interior. It was called BDhe 2/4 from the start. In winter, both halves of the vehicle run with ski holders attached to the sides. The oldest vehicle was completely modernized in 1992, the others only received a new paint finish in 2005 and 2006. While they were previously blue at the bottom and white in the window area, today they are light blue in the window area, which slowly fades into white towards the bottom and is referred to as “snowflake painting”. In 2020, all vehicles are still in use on the Rigi Railways.

Variantoriginal variantnew order 1967
General
Built1949, 19541967
Manufacturermechanical part: SLM, electrical part: Sécheron
Axle config2-2 
Gauge4 ft 8 1/2 in (Standard gauge)
Seats6058
Dimensions and Weights
Length50 ft 6 5/16 in52 ft 5 1/8 in
Wheelbase40 ft 8 3/16 in
Fixed wheelbase9 ft 4 3/16 in
Service weight58,422 lbs60,407 lbs
Power
Power sourceelectric - DC
Electric system1,500 V
Hourly power644 hp (480 kW)
Top speed12 mph
Power Plant
Boiler
Calculated Values
EMU
cog railway
local
secondary line
last changed: 02/2022
Arth-Rigi Railway BDhe 4/4 No. 15, 21 and 22
Switzerland | 1982 | 3 produced
BDhe 4/4 No. 15
BDhe 4/4 No. 15
Heitersberg

Since the BDhe 4/4 No. 14 railcar delivered in 1967 was still based on the CFeh 2/4 developed in 1947, the set of powercars and driving trailers ordered in 1978 was to be a modern design. It was basically based on the older design, but used a new powertrain technology with two traction motors per bogie. With the higher power, it was possible to push two of the historic trailers or to take freight wagons with them. At the same time, the Vitznau-Rigi-Bahn also needed new vehicles to increase capacity and ordered two identical sets, whose powercars were numbered 21 and 22.

Since the merger of the Arth-Rigi-Bahn and the Vitznau-Rigi-Bahn in 1992, the advantage for the crews has been that the vehicles are identical. In fact, the VRB staff was even trained on ARB vehicles because their own had not yet been delivered. The color scheme of the ARB was initially blue below and white above, but now it is also painted in the same white and light blue “snowflake paint” as the BDeh 2/4. The vehicles of the VRB are now kept in a similar livery, but the original red of the VRB has been used here instead of the light blue.

General
Built1982, 1986
Manufacturermechanical part: SLM, electrical part: BBC
Axle config2-2 
Gauge4 ft 8 1/2 in (Standard gauge)
Seats60
Dimensions and Weights
Length52 ft 5 15/16 in
Wheelbase43 ft 11 9/16 in
Fixed wheelbase9 ft 0 11/16 in
Service weight67,461 lbs
Power
Power sourceelectric - DC
Electric system1,500 V
Hourly power1,105 hp (824 kW)
Top speed19 mph
Power Plant
Boiler
Calculated Values
EMU
cog railway
local
secondary line
last changed: 02/2022
Bernese Oberland Railway ABDeh 8/8
Switzerland | 2017 | 6 produced
Two ABDeh 8/8 in May 2017 in multiple on the way to Interlaken
Two ABDeh 8/8 in May 2017 in multiple on the way to Interlaken
Vsler
General
Built2017
ManufacturerStadler
Axle configB-B-B-B 
Gauge3 ft 3 3/8 in (Meter gauge)
Seats133
Dimensions and Weights
Length164 ft 0 1/2 in
Fixed wheelbase8 ft 4 in
Empty weight216,053 lbs
Service weight264,554 lbs
Adhesive weight264,554 lbs
Axle load35,274 lbs
Power
Power sourceelectric - DC
Electric system1,500 V
Hourly power4,828 hp (3,600 kW)
Continuous power3,755 hp (2,800 kW)
Top speed50 mph
Starting effort89,924 lbf
Power Plant
Boiler
Calculated Values
EMU
cog railway
local
secondary line
narrow gauge
last changed: 10 2023
Brig-Visp-Zermatt Railway ABDeh 8/8
Matterhorn-Gotthard Railway ABDeh 8/8
Switzerland | 1965 | 3 produced
ABDeh 8/8 No. 2043 in the summer of 2002 at the Kalter Boden passing point near Zermatt
ABDeh 8/8 No. 2043 in the summer of 2002 at the Kalter Boden passing point near Zermatt
Philipp Groß

In order to increase the power of the ABDeh 6/6, the BVZ had three ABDeh 8/8 built in 1965. While the two car bodies of the predecessor were supported in the middle on a common Jakobs bogie, both car bodies now each had two bogies of their own. This now meant eight driven axles and an output of 1,176 instead of 882 kW. Here, too, there was a rack drive in each bogie. The transformer was now under the floor.

The three sets were given the names “Brig”, “Visp” and “Zermatt”. They were used together with their predecessors, but were able to tow an additional trailing load of 175 instead of 132 tonnes. They were retired in 2008, 2011 and 2014, shortly after their predecessors. The number 2042 “Visp” was initially intended to be given to a club for preservation. However, since the refurbishment would have meant very high costs, it was also scrapped in 2017.

General
Built1965
Manufacturermechanical part: SLM, SIG, electrical part: SAAS
Axle config 
Gauge3 ft 3 3/8 in (Meter gauge)
Seats108
Dimensions and Weights
Length115 ft 1 7/8 in
Fixed wheelbase8 ft 11 1/2 in
Service weight202,825 lbs
Adhesive weight202,825 lbs
Axle load25,353 lbs
Power
Power sourceelectric - AC
Electric system11.000 V 16⅔ Hz
Hourly power1,577 hp (1,176 kW)
Continuous power1,491 hp (1,112 kW)
Top speed34 mph
Power Plant
Boiler
Calculated Values
EMU
cog railway
local
secondary line
narrow gauge
last changed: 02/2024
Furka-Oberalp Railway BCm 2/2
Rhaetian Railway CFm 2/2 and BFm 2/2
Switzerland | 1927 | 2 produced
Photo from the data sheet of the SLM
Photo from the data sheet of the SLM
SBB Historic

The Furka-Oberalp-Bahn designated two petrol rack railcars that were delivered in 1927 as BCm 2/2. They were supposed to handle all services during low-traffic times and had a toilet and a mail compartment, while the rear cab was used as a luggage compartment. The rack drive and the adhesion drive could not be decoupled from each other. They were also referred to as BCZm 2/2 by the Railway Department.

However, the performance was not convincing, which was mainly attributed to the lack of experience with transmissions in railway vehicles with combustion engines. A maximum of one two-axle car could also be carried, which significantly increased travel times. With electrification in 1941, they became superfluous, although the first was used as a service vehicle for a while and passed to several new owners in the following decades, remaining inoperable. The other was sold to the RhB and used without rack drive until 1956.

General
Built1927
ManufacturerSLM, SIG, Scintilla
Axle configAA 
Gauge3 ft 3 3/8 in (Meter gauge)
Seats32
Dimensions and Weights
Length36 ft 4 in
Wheelbase15 ft 1 1/8 in
Fixed wheelbase15 ft 1 1/8 in
Empty weight36,817 lbs
Service weight42,990 lbs
Adhesive weight42,990 lbs
Axle load21,605 lbs
Power
Power sourcepetrol-mechanic
Top speed27 mph
EngineSLM
Engine type8-cyl. boxer
Engine output148 hp (110 kW)
Power Plant
Boiler
Calculated Values
petrol railcar
cog railway
local
secondary line
narrow gauge
last changed: 03/2024
Furka-Oberalp Railway and Matterhorn-Gotthard Railway Deh 4/4 I
Switzerland | 1972 | 5 produced
Deh 4/4 I No. 54 in 1996 on the Segnes viaduct
Deh 4/4 I No. 54 in 1996 on the Segnes viaduct
Falk2

Due to the sharp increase in winter tourism in the 1960s, the Furka-Oberalb Railway needed modern locomotives for rack and adhesion operation. The solution was five type Deh 4/4 I baggage railcars. Each of the four axles was powered and had rack drive. The high weight of the power equipment was compensated for by the lightweight construction of the car body.

Although there were five power cars, only four control cars and eight passenger cars were purchased. This meant that four shuttle trains could be formed, each consisting of a power car, two passenger cars and a control car. The fifth power car must therefore be used individually. The vehicles now belong to the Matterhorn-Gotthard Railway, as do the successors of the Deh 4/4 II type.

General
Built1972
Manufacturermechanical part: SLM, SIG, electrical part: BBC
Axle configB-B 
Gauge3 ft 3 3/8 in (Meter gauge)
Dimensions and Weights
Length55 ft 5 3/8 in
Wheelbase41 ft 11 9/16 in
Fixed wheelbase9 ft 1 13/16 in
Empty weight106,483 lbs
Service weight111,995 lbs
Adhesive weight111,995 lbs
Axle load27,999 lbs
Power
Power sourceelectric - AC
Electric system11.000 V 16⅔ Hz
Hourly power1,384 hp (1,032 kW)
Top speed37 mph
Power Plant
Boiler
Calculated Values
EMU
cog railway
baggage railcar
secondary line
narrow gauge
last changed: 12/2023
Furka-Oberalp Railway and Matterhorn-Gotthard Railway Deh 4/4 II
Switzerland | 1979 | 6 produced
No. 96 in September 2008 in Andermatt
No. 96 in September 2008 in Andermatt
Rainer Haufe
General
Built1979, 1984
Manufacturermechanical part: SLM, electrical part: BBC
Axle configB-B
Gauge3 ft 3 3/8 in (Meter gauge)
Dimensions and Weights
Length50 ft 10 1/4 in
Wheelbase38 ft 0 5/16 in
Fixed wheelbase9 ft 1 13/16 in
Empty weight109,129 lbs
Service weight112,436 lbs
Adhesive weight112,436 lbs
Axle load28,219 lbs
Power
Power sourceelectric - AC
Electric system11.000 V 16⅔ Hz
Hourly power1,384 hp (1,032 kW)
Top speed37 mph
Power Plant
Boiler
Calculated Values
EMU
cog railway
baggage railcar
secondary line
narrow gauge
last changed: 09 2023
Jungfrau Railway BDhe 2/4
Switzerland | 1955 | 10 produced
Norbert Aepli

Since the Jungfrau Railway was still dependent on the Rowan trains at the beginning of the 1950s, some of which were more than 50 years old, a total of ten modern BDhe 2/4 railcars were procured from 1955. Each railcar has a cab on the valley side and is dependent on a control car that has a cab on the mountain side. The associated control cars either have a passenger compartment or serve as a cistern to supply the mountain station with water. Since the introduction of the Bhe 4/8 from 2016, they are increasingly being phased out, two years later only half were left.

General
Built1955-1966
ManufacturerSLM
Axle config2-2 
Gauge3 ft 3 3/8 in (Meter gauge)
Seats41
Dimensions and Weights
Length48 ft 6 1/2 in
Empty weight52,911 lbs
Adhesive weight0 lbs
Power
Power sourceelectric - three-phase
Electric system1,125 V 50 Hz
Hourly power590 hp (440 kW)
Top speed15 mph
Power Plant
Boiler
Calculated Values
EMU
cog railway
local
secondary line
narrow gauge
last changed: 07/2023
Matterhorn-Gotthard Railway BDSeh 4/8
Switzerland | 2003 | 4 produced
BDSeh 4/8 in double as “Zermatt-Shuttle” in January 2009
BDSeh 4/8 in double as “Zermatt-Shuttle” in January 2009
Kabelleger / David Gubler
General
Built2003, 2005
ManufacturerStadler
Axle config2-B-B-2 
Gauge3 ft 3 3/8 in (Meter gauge)
Seats120
Dimensions and Weights
Length170 ft 7 13/16 in
Fixed wheelbase8 ft 4 in
Service weight158,292 lbs
Power
Power sourceelectric - AC
Electric system11.000 V 16⅔ Hz
Hourly power1,743 hp (1,300 kW)
Continuous power1,341 hp (1,000 kW)
Top speed50 mph
Starting effort40,466 lbf
Power Plant
Boiler
Calculated Values
EMU
cog railway
local
secondary line
narrow gauge
last changed: 09 2023
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