Swiss Electric with a twist

Discussion in 'The Real Thing- International' started by MasonJar, Aug 11, 2003.

  1. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    For Interurben -

    Just found this today and thought you might get a kick out of it.

    Electric Powered Steam

  2. RailRon

    RailRon Active Member

    Here's another piccy of that Swiss electro-steamer. Now wouldn't you like this one as a switcher for your yard, interurben? ;)

    BTW: Imagine an electrically heated BigBoy under catenary! :D :D :D


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  3. interurban

    interurban Active Member

    :cool: Thanks Andrew, I have a picture of that Beautiful wonderful machine. Thanks for the write up ...
    Wish I could get me little mitts on her...........:D :D :D :D :D :p

    Is this the same one you posted a while back Ron????? or her sister?;) ;)

    HE HE I just check Ron and it`s her sister,,:)
  4. Partsman

    Partsman Member

    heh heh

    You mean I could convert my little N gauge 0-6-0 to keep the sparks flying off the overhead and still remain prototypical? What a hoot that would be!
  5. interurban

    interurban Active Member

    Now that would be worth building,,, go for it Partsman:D :D :D :D :D
  6. RailRon

    RailRon Active Member

    You're right, interurben - I posted the same pic a few months ago (but couldn't find it again :mad: )

    There were only two engines of that type. They were converted about 1943 from ordinary steam switchers. The aim was to save coal, since coal was very scarce in Switzerland during WW II. Each one of them saved about 300 tons of coal per year.

    From the standpoint of energy conversion they were not very efficient, of course. But they were loved by the firemen: No coal to shovel! Heating up the boiler was a short affair, too - in less than an hour they were ready to go.

    They ran until 1952, then they were scrapped. :(

    I think I have one more pic of them. I'll try to locate, scan and post it when I come back from work.


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