Swiss Krokodyl

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by absnut, Feb 4, 2005.

  1. absnut

    absnut Member

    I have an Arnold Swiss Crocodile loco and need a couple questions answered:

    On the model, is there a way to put the pantographs down and have them stay down? (as with the Rivarossi GG1)

    On the prototype, did they operate with one pantograph up or both up or either one or both?


  2. TrainClown

    TrainClown Member

    What? No pic? Where's the pic? Ain't ya gots no pic? I needs me a pic, please! :D

    TrainClown ;)
  3. absnut

    absnut Member

    OK, pic coming up! :thumb:

  4. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    On the GG1, standard procedure was to run one up, one down. In icy conditions, both were put up with the idea that the first one acted as an icebreaker for the second to help maintain better contact with the catenary.

    Beautiful loco, one that I've longed for over the years asnd hope to eventually run with my GG1s. :thumb:
  5. TrainClown

    TrainClown Member

    Is that ever COOL! Now I know why they call it a Crocodile. If I had one, I couldn't resist painting eyes and a big toothy grin on the side.

    Actually it looks like a crocodile wearing a hat. :D

    TrainClown ;)
  6. sschaer

    sschaer Member


    check inside the pantographs. there should be small latches catching the upper part of the pantos. maybe you need to bend these latches a bit

    when i was a kid i saw these crocodiles on heavy gravel trains. impressive sight.
  7. absnut

    absnut Member

    Thanks, Sandro... I was hoping there might be small tabs/hooks like on the RR GG-1 but, I couldn't see any. I'll get out my magnifyer and check again! :thumb:

  8. engineshop

    engineshop Member

    I went through all my books with SBB locomotives and I did not find any pictures with a Krokodil with both pantographs engaged even the winter pictures. It also seems that that before the 60s the front pantograph was mostly used while more modern Swiss engines after that had the back one engaged even the engines with the old Krokodil style pantograph. Interestingly, when running two Krokodil in consist, the first one had the front pantograph up while the second unit used the rear one.
  9. grumbeast

    grumbeast Member

    Hi Dick!

    Beautiful croc, I have the minitrix one and the springs on the panto's hold them down without clips if needed. Most of the pictures I've seen have them running with just one panto raised.

    Geez, how can you resist such a lovely locomotive eh? :)

  10. absnut

    absnut Member

    Hey Grum,

    It is a beautiful beast and has no real purpose on a New England RR but..... I always wanted one and got the chance! Finally found the "hooks" (with strong magnifier!) to hold the pantographs down..... thanks to all who responded to my call for help! :wave:

  11. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    I dunno 'bout that...I ever get one, I'll paint it in the 1st generation Amtrak "Bloody nose" scheme...or maybe Auto-train purple, white and red... :thumb:
  12. absnut

    absnut Member


    A blue, white, and black B&M McGinnis scheme just might not look bad, at that! LOL :thumb:

  13. Kashiwazaki

    Kashiwazaki KASHIWAZAKI SENA FAN!!

    LINK DOESN'T WORK!! :curse:
    Can you send me a proper AND permanent photo, please?? :wave:
  14. Kashiwazaki

    Kashiwazaki KASHIWAZAKI SENA FAN!!

    Does anyone know if there's another model of a bi-level train in use at Switzerland? I'm currently living in Switzerland, but I'm a newbie, there!
  15. Trainiac77

    Trainiac77 Member

    Still can't see the picture, only a red X
  16. Mountain Man

    Mountain Man Active Member

    And I'm not even getting a red X...



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