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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.

Manufacturermechanical part: SLM, SIG, electrical part: SAAS
Axle config 
Gauge3 ft 3 3/8 in (Meter gauge)
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 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
Calculated Values
cog railway
secondary line
narrow gauge
last changed: 02/2024

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