Last Tuesday I had the chance to ride with my Friend (who is an Engine Driver for SBB) on a AE 6/6 . I hope you enjoy the short story and the pictures.
While waiting for my friend in Olten Trainstation (near where I live), I've tested my Camera equipment :-)
Actually Olten is not a big Trainstation but an important node for Trains in Switzerland and you can see the German ICE or the TGV from France very often during the day.
Here is a Swiss Inter City Express (ICE)
and the Classic RE 460 in front of this double stock Passenger Cars
It's not unusal to place a RE 460 in the middle of the Train
Now as my Friend arrived we hat a 10 Minute walk to the Depot.
Some Trucks are waiting for their Chassis
Here you can see a part of the Automatic Train Protection (ATP) Security system who stops the whole Train if something is wrong.
And this little piece counts the axles. If a train passed by then all Axles will be count and if the Train passes the next "Axlecounter" then the system verifies if all Axles are still remaining. If not then you have lost some Cars on the Track and the Signals will turn red.
This 2 Engines below are 28 ton Dieseltractors with 850 Horsepower and very popular as helpers for Track construction.
The following pictures show a modern Tractor AM 843 MAK 1700 who has a weight of 80 tons and 2000 Horsepower (Dieselelectric).
And here the Beautys are waiting. Both in Cargo paint scheme. On the left side a RE 6/6 with more then 10'000 PS (Horsepower) and on the right side "our" AE 6/6 with almost 6'000 PS, 45 Years old and near 9 million kilometers on the back.
View from the cabin
After a 10 Minute raid we stopped to pic up some Postcars (with Containers). At this time the weather was not very good and it starts raining. On the picture below you can see a part of the SBB Bautechnik Center Hägendorf where they produce almost 500 Turnouts (Wyes) per Year.
The Containercars arrived
An other Engine Driver is waiting for Cars. He is sitting in a RE 4/4. Note his Engine is allready modified and has a air condition (in the back of the Driver). In the background is our Loco.
Typical for a april weather in Switzerland, it's 20 minutes later as we driving near the Biel Lake and the sun comes out.
And after a bit less then two hour we arrived at our destination the Postterminal in Daillens (french part of Switzerland near Lausanne)
We where a bit early so we hat time to inspect the "Heart of the Locomotive" and my Friend explained me many details.
BTW, the lamps on the Locomotive are just position lamps no headlights, so if you drive through a tunnel you can see nothing absolutely nothing. That's strange when you have this experience the first time :-)
Don't ask me about this details, I must first ask my friend again.
This is part of the motor who spend almost 1'000 PS (Horsepower) per Axle.
and part of the electricity (15'000 Volt's)
And of Course some High-Tech upgrades regarding the Train Security System
On the way back home we are passing the Castle Grandson (more then 1000 years old)
On the horizon you can see a part of the swiss alps, in front is the Lake of Neuenburg.
The beautiful City Yverdon
and near the City Biel again, the final destination
Good bye and I hope you enjoyed the little trip!