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Arcticle from the NZZ Newspaper 25 January 2013 by Paul Schneeberger:
Launched 60 years ago to streamline the operation on the Gotthard line Ae-6/6-Lokomotiven were the pride of the SBB. Now the former bearer of the coat of arms of cantons and cities from the regular traffic are separated.
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For over a month no locomotives operate Ae 6/6 in more regular services on Swiss rails. Although ten of the machines remain at SBB Cargo to transport peak demand, so that a significant chapter in the history of the Swiss railways vehicle is completed. A chapter that is like no other reflects the change of the Swiss rolling stock industry, the priorities for the SBB and also the federal self-esteem in the past 60 years.
Here Ae 6/6, here Switzerland
To streamline the operation of the Gotthard line, her former parade route, ordered the Railway end of 1949 at her home suppliers in Winterthur (SLM), Baden (BBC), Zurich (Maschinenfabrik Oerlikon) and Geneva (Sécheron) two six-axle locomotives. With six motors of 1000 hp each, they should be able to run trains of up to 600 tons at 75 km / h over the ramps between Erstfeld and Biasca. The aim was to allow the bias of a second locomotive to the rule will be the exception.
From 1955, built during eleven years in another 118 copies, the main task of the Ae 6/6 became one long, the excess demand in the freight boom dismantle. In addition, marked the Ae 6/6 the appearance of new SBB locomotives over three decades. "In order to reduce the air resistance, the end walls were double bevel easily. Moreover, it was - for the first time at a Railway Locomotive - mounted a modest ornamentation, "says a contemporary publication.
Meant were the Swiss flag on both ends and the metal strips that these locomotives lent their unique appearance. Here Ae 6/6, Switzerland was here, the message that they emitted as children a time when the mental defense had continued to have. Thus designed the first 25 of the SBB and popularly known as "Gotthard locomotives» apostrophise machines. In the remaining 95 Ae 6/6 the optical trim was reduced to the Swiss cross.
This was maintained in the subsequent types Re 4/4 II and III and Re 6/6 and should be read as a more cautious view ongoing national pride. Characteristic of all Ae 6/6 were the arms of cantons, cities and larger communities with which they were adorned in addition. With intricate Lokomotiv baptisms, which was often a ride on a train for students over the Gotthard, the closeness of the SBB was summoned with all parts of the country. Implicitly including the myth of the Gotthard Railway and its importance both for Switzerland was reaffirmed.
Image of the post-war period
Is so much the geographical radius of the "Gotthard locomotives» expanded over the decades, so they were of universal to freight locomotives. In the past decade suffered the pride they had aired as the horses parade SBB once. The visually desolate state many Ae 6/6 formed from the bad business of SBB Cargo. On the once underlined solidarity with cantons and municipalities nothing was given - the massive arms differed from the locomotives after individual had been removed from them illegally.
With the Ae 6/6 disappears a piece of post-war period from the daily scene in Switzerland. What has changed since then and the train. No more goods and international transport are the most important thing, but the transportation of commuters. Also the industry that this national icon originally spawned is no longer the same. Your trump card is not more expensive, heavy locomotives, but smart railcars with an optimal ratio of price and performance. Considering this "Swatch effect" can be closed safely: The Ae 6/6 is history, long live the "Flirt".
==> It's a Google translation sorry it's so terrible, maybe I rewrite it. For the original article see www.nzz.ch/aktuell/panorama/ab…
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