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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

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
Built1949, 19541967
Manufacturermechanical part: SLM, electrical part: Sécheron
Axle config2-2 
Gauge4 ft 8 1/2 in (Standard gauge)
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 sourceelectric - DC
Electric system1,500 V
Hourly power644 hp (480 kW)
Top speed12 mph
Power Plant
Calculated Values
cog railway
secondary line
last changed: 02/2022

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