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52 8055 operates freight train for a real transport

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On Tuesday April 19 2016, 52 8055 operated a real (not for photografic purposes) freight train consisting of 10 former type Z2 PTT cars. The carriages contained spare parts and other materials of the Swiss Steam Centre at Winterthur, which are currently not needed for the exhibition. 52 8055, permanently stationed at Schaffhausen, took one additional car to Winterthur-Töss station to collect the other carriages, which had previously been loaded. Many onlookers watched the intensive shunting that took place to bring the carriages in the right order. The 380 ton train was then driven back to Schaffhausen with full steam and a top speed of 80 km/h.

It has been several decades since a real freight train has been operated by a steam locomotive on a Swiss main line. Thanks to the modern steam technology of 52 8055 the transport has been done in an efficient and environmentally friendly way, actually more efficient then with electric traction, as the standards of todays train logistics require big detours, a result of closing done (too) many shunting yards. Thus, in spite of the slightly better thermal efficiency of the electric traction, the transport efficiency of a directly operated modern steam train can be better! Besides, it's much more fun. Photo: Georg Trüb

52 8055 bei Schiterberg

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 April 2016 09:02

Modernized Steam Locomotive "Heidi" officially baptized

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All sponsors had been invited to a winterly excursion with the steam locmotive "Heidi" for which they contibuted to enable its restauration and modernization. The train consisting of five historic carriges started at Samedan steamied to Zernez where the official ceremony took place. After a delicious lunch the special train headed back full steam to Samedan on gradients up to 35%o. The picture shows the train ready to depart at Zernez:  Roger Waller

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 March 2016 17:45

A wood-pellet firing is envisaged for new Paddle Steamer Project

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DS Schaffhausen in voller Fahrt

The old paddle steamer named "Schaffhausen" pictured above had been built in 1913 by Sulzer Brothers of Winterthur, Switzerland. It circulated on the river Rhine from Schaffhausen to Konstanz until 1966 when management decided to replace it by a "more modern" motor vesel. In spite of heavy protests of the public, the paddle steamer was scrapped in 1967. In 2012 a Society named Pro Dampfer (for steam) has been founded, see www.prodampfer.ch .Already more then 2160 members actively support the idea to build a new paddle steamer.

The new paddle steamer will be driven by a new real steam engine directly acting on the paddle wheels. It is the intentiion of the Society to create an attractive, but also economically viable and environmentally friendly technically modern steam ship. A first engineering study by DLM has investigated the possiblity of a wood-pellet firing system that would enable CO2-neutral operation, a feature motor ships are unable to provide!

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 March 2016 18:13

Vortrag an der TU Berlin am Dienstag, den 27. Januar 2016

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Der Vortrag beginnt um 10 Uhr und ist öffentlich.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 March 2016 18:17

Final Commissioning and official Authorization for Steam Locomotive G 3/4 Nr. 11 "Heidi"

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On the occasion of the officail acceptance test run on November 11, .2015 the Swiss notified bodies BAV and SVTI have given the official green light for commercial operation.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 March 2016 18:23

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