I thought in difference to the daily stuff you see from me I’ll upload some nice classic electro trains which I caught at the depotfest in Olten. The depotfest was because SBB Historic equiped most of their classic electro locomotives (and one diesel) with the latest train safety system called ETM S21 M. And now here they come. Ce 6/8II “Crocodile“
Type: Gotthard freight-train locomotive
Producer: SLM, MFO
Build date: 1919-1922, (No. 14253 1919)
Quantity built: 33
Fabrication Number: 2673Number Photographed Train: 14253
Operating Weight: 128 tons
Swiss Axis Formula: (1’C)(C1’)
Length over buffers: 19.4 meters
Power: 1'650 kW
Top Speed: 65 kph
Owner: SBB Historic
Former Operator: SBB CFF FFS
Operator: SBB Historic
Location: Olten, Canton Solothurn, Switzerland
Note: One of the oldest operating Swiss electric locomotives, built 1919! Yes that's right she is the oldest electric locomotive still in service, ad yes she was built 1919! I think it's rather unique to have a such old lady still working!
At the beginning of the 1920’s the „electric revolution“ began in Switzerland and many parts of the railsystem where electrified. So many new requiremnts came for new locomotives.
Here the official requirement specifications, from the SBB for the new Gotthard-freight-locomotive:
She had to do the distance between Goldau and Chiasso twice in 28 hours with 15 minutes standing time at the endstations an 860 tons freight. On the route Bellinzona-Chiasso she had to pull 625 tons alone. On a ramp with 26‰ acclivity she has to pull 430 tons with 35 kph, 300 tons with 50 kph. With 10‰ acclivity she has to pull 300 tons with 60 kph. She must accelerate in 4 minutes to 50 kph with 300 tons.
The Crocodiles replaced the only 3-6 years old steam locomotives of type C 5/6 "elefant"