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Vipp-Zermatt Railway HGe 4/4
Switzerland | 1929 | 5 produced
No. 11 in September 2010 in St. Nicholas
No. 11 in September 2010 in St. Nicholas
Markus Giger

When the Visp-Zermatt-Bahn electrified their network with the same system as the RhB, they had five “fake” crocodile locomotives built with combined adhesion and rack drives. All machinery were thus mounted on the main frame. There was also a luggage compartment between the driver's cabs. The locomotives were of lightweight construction throughout in order to be able to comply with the weight limit of the VZ. The operator changed its name to “Brig-Visp-Zermatt-Bahn” in 1962 and joined the Matterhorn-Gotthard-Bahn in 2003. Today only one locomotive has been preserved, this was used for snow clearing until 2015.

General
Built1929-1930
ManufacturerSLM, Oerlikon, SWS
Axle configB-B 
Gauge3 ft 3 3/8 in (Meter gauge)
Dimensions and Weights
Length46 ft 3 1/8 in
Wheelbase28 ft 7 5/16 in
Fixed wheelbase6 ft 7 1/8 in
Service weight103,617 lbs
Adhesive weight103,617 lbs
Axle load25,904 lbs
Power
Power sourceelectric - AC
Electric system11.000 V 16⅔ Hz
Hourly power987 hp (736 kW)
Top speed28 mph
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last changed: 03/2023
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