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Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 December 2017 09:58

Light Oil Firing for Puffing Billy in Australia

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The Australian tourist railway "Puffing Billy" is worldfamous. DLM received an order to convert one of their coal-fired NA-class locomotives to oil firing. This will eliminate sparks that prevent the use of steam locomotives in case of fire danger. The diesel locomotives that substituted the steam locomotives in fire hazard conditions have not been popular. The modernization has already begun. The outer appearance of the locomotive will not be changed. This method has already been successfully done with the conversion of the steam locomotive "Heidi".

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A coal-fired NA-class steam locomotive hauls a passenger train over the wooden trestle near Belgrave. Photo: Roger Waller.

Last Updated on Friday, 29 September 2017 16:31

On August 12 and 13, 2017, 52 8055 was chartered to haul the El Achai Peace Train

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The organizers replaced the bright yellow stripe by a golden one to match their carriages. On Saturday, August 12, 52 8055 run light engine along the river Rhine from Schaffhausen to Sissach, from where it hauled the  El Achai peace train over the old, steep Hauenstein line to Olten, continuing to Oensingen. The old Ed 2 x 2/2-Mallet locomotive took the train to Balsthal. After lunch the guests had been hauld back to Sissach likewise. 52 8055 spent the night at Sissach to be shown at the local festivities the next day. The return journey to Schaffhausen was light engine again. A photo can be seen at: http://www.dlm-ag.ch/en/steam-trips/previous-trips

Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 September 2017 07:59

25 years of modern steam traction

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On June 17, 1992 the all-new designed rack tank steam locomotive  H 2/3 No. 12 had been inaugurated on Planalp, the middle station of the Brienz-Rothorn Railway, see photo above taken by Roger Waller. On his initiative the Swiss Locomotive-& Machine Works SLM in Winterthur built steam locomotives again, 40 years after delivery of the "last" SLM steam locoomotives for the Nigiri Railway in India. The new rack tanks have been built with the latest technology like economic one man operation and ultraclean light fuel oil firing. The Brienz-Rothorn Railway commerorates her 125 year anniversary. The Brienz-Rothorn Railway is worldwide unique by operating three generations of steam locomotives:

Steam Locomotives No. 1 to 5 built 1891/92

Steam Locomotives No. 6 and 7 built 1933/36

Steam Locomotives No. 12, 14 to 16 built 1992/96

The new, modern steam locomotives trasnsport the majority of passengers, but in the high season one or two old steam locomotives are in service as well.

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Skill and luck are needed to get a master shot like this, showing all three generations of steam locomotives on the Brienz-Rothorn Railway. Photo: Franz Geisser

Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 September 2017 07:28

52 8055 hauls Passenger and Freight Trains on May 21 and 22

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Early on Sunday 21st  May 2017, 52 8055 worked light engine to Etzwilen, to haul an Orient-Express- and a Teakbar-carriage back to Schaffhausen. In the mean time, 01 519 of the Eisenbahnfreunde Zollernbahn EFZ e.V. hauled a special from Rottweil to Schaffhausen, where the trains were combined. Whilst 01 519 took a rest, 52 8055 pulled the train via Bülach to Winterthur. The passengers from Rottweil took the opportunity to visit the steam centre (Dampfzentrum Winterthur). 52 8055 steamed with new passengers to Romanshorn. After a break of two hours the train continued its journey along the scenic Lake of Constance back to Winterthur and Schaffhausen. 01 519 brought its train back to Rottweil, while 52 8055 returned the luxury carriages to Etzwilen.

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52 8055 passes the bridge over the river Rhine at  Schaffhausen. Photo: Richard Behrbohm

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52 8055 with the entire train near Gisenhard. Photo: Richard Behrbohm

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Leo, our youngest passagier, enjoys the steam trip as much as anyone else. Thanks to the clean combustion of the light oil firing of 52 8055 there is no need for goggles to protect his eyes from sparks and cinders omnipresent with coal-fired locomotives. Photo: Robert Mathis

Next day, on May 22, 52 8055 was again booked to haul a real freight train.

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52 8055 passes the attractive viaduct over the river Rhine near Eglisau. Photo: Erik Schneider

Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 September 2017 08:14

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