KISS Swiss - 610110 - RhB Ge 4/4 I - 602 - Bernina - red

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Product No.: KISS 610110
Delivery time: 2023 2023
KISS Swiss - 610110 - RhB Ge 4/4 I - 602 - Bernina - red
Spur IIm - FullMetall
Spur IIm - FullMetall
100 years "Bernina"

Until the mid-1940s, electric rod locomotives handled almost all of the traffic on the RhB. In the spring of 1944, the Rhaetian Railway carried out studies on the procurement of a new generation of locomotives. It was to be a modern, non-axled locomotive for express and freight train service. The industry MFO, SLM, BBC delivers four years that were better to belong with the BLS class Ae 4/4 locomotive.

The locomotives have two bogies, each with two axles driven by eight-pole series motors. Energy is supplied via two pantographs. The drive motor current is regulated by a 28-step high-voltage step switch with an air motor. The locomotives are equipped with a recuperation brake. The torque of the motors is transmitted via the widely used BBC spring drive, which at the time of the order has proven to be very effective, as many standard-gauge locomotives were already equipped with it.

The first locomotive was delivered in July 1947. Due to the positive performance, six more locomotives were ordered in 1951, but these locomotives have a multiple control that made it possible, if necessary, to operate two locomotives with just one engine driver.

Due to their higher top speed, these locomotives were mainly used in express trains during the first years of operation and gradually replaced the Ge 6/6 and Ge 4/6 rod locomotives. Despite its greater performance, the Albula could not avoid running heavy express trains with a Ge 2/4 leader or in double traction. The locomotives were soon pushed into lighter services in the Lower Engadine or in regional trains on the Albula line. Their task was taken over by the stronger Ge 6/6 II and in the mid-seventies by the Ge 4/4 II.
The whole series was completely overhauled in the main workshop in Landquart between 1986 and 1991. After more than 40 years of service, decrepit and corroded components had to be replaced. The old driver's cabs were completely removed and replaced by modern, longer ones. New ergonomically designed driver's desks were installed. The vehicles were rewired up to the transformer winding. In addition, all locomotives received multiple controls that also allowed operation from a control car. In the mid-nineties, the pantographs were also replaced by modern single pantographs.
The modernized locomotives are used in front of light trains across the entire network. The smaller clearance profile of the recovery pantograph also enables use in Arosa. However, it is regularly used in front of the Bernina Express and the Heidi Express with the modern RhB panorama cars. But express trains Davos-Disentis are also part of their area of ​​operation. In the meantime, some locomotives have already run more than 5 million kilometers on a narrow track.

Equipment features

• Brass handcraft model, limited number with certificate
• all 4 axles powered, ball-bearing and spring-loaded
• Wheel tires made of stainless steel, ring-insulated
• Belt drive, ball bearing with two Maxon motors
• Spring buffers
• Original rocker coupling, exchangeable for 2m standard products (not included)
• The latest generation of digital and sound decoders
• Warm white SMD LED
• Red tail lights, can be switched off
• Servo-controlled pantograph drive
• Cab lighting
• Engine room lighting
• Driver's cab doors that can be opened
• Front driver's cab doors that can be opened (delivery variant)
• Train driver figure
• Minimum radius 780 mm
• LüP: 537 mm • Weight approx. 6 kg

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This Product was added to our catalogue on Saturday, 29. May 2021.