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It was in March of this year that we could bring you the news about interim transport company RailAdventure purchasing three 111 series electrics. With these machines, plus the 103 222 and 139 558, RailAdventure can take care of its rolling stock transports in Germany and Austria. With the acquisition of two Re 6/6 locomotives from the Swiss railways RailAdventure can now offer the service in Switzerland.
Text and images by Henk Zwoferink – this article will be free temporarily
Railcolor had the unique opportunity to have a look at RailAdventure’s first Re 6/6 inside the workshops, and to follow the locomotive during its first days of (InnoTrans) services.
RailAdventureRailAdventure was founded in 2006 for the ‘world record locomotive’ project. With the designated 1216 025, later delivered to the Austrian railways, a new high speed record for locomotives was set: 357 km/h. It is still the fastest locomotive up until today. In 2010, the project group was transformed into a company specialising in the handling of rolling stock transports, running charter trains and managing test drives for the rail industry. RailAdventure is now the market leader in train transports.
RailAdventure 11603 at the Bellinzona workshop (CH) – Photo: Henk Zwoferink
Re 6/6On 19.07.2018 the two Swiss powerpacks were officially added to the fleet, two Re 6/6s formerly property of the Swiss railways (SBB). RailAdventure was now the new owner of the 11603 (620 003-4) ‘Wädenswil’ and the 11604 (620 004-2) ‘Faido’.
In 1969 the SBB commissioned the development and manufacture of a new Bo’Bo’Bo’-locomotive. It had to be the faster and more powerful as the Ae 6/6, its predecessor. The Re 6/6, its new designation, was built by the Schweizerische Lokomotiv- und Maschinenfabrik (SLM, now part of Stadler Rail) and Brown, Boveri & Cie (BBC, now part of ABB).
At the time, the main requirements were that the locomotive had to be able to pull a 800 tonnes train, at a constant speed of 80 km/h, up a slope of a maximum of 26 per mille. The locomotive also had to be able to round the tight 300-meter curves over the Gotthard pass with a speed of at least 80 km/u.
RailAdventure 11603 in heavy rain on a bridge by the well-known place Wassen – Photo: Henk Zwoferink
These requirements resulted in a design with three two-axle bogies, with one traction motor per axle. The Re 6/6s power rating is impressive, 7.850 kW at 100 km/h.
It was decided to build four prototype locomotives first, the designated 11601 – 11604. The 11601 and 11602 differed from the other machines as they got a 2-part articulated body, interconnected by hinges. The 11603 and 11604 got a uniform body, a more simple and cheaper solution.
RailAdventure 11603 and RBSs Worbla on Loco Buggies – A SOB FLIRT for the Voralenexpress on the left – Photo: Henk Zwoferink
Close-up of RBS’s on RailAdventure Loco Buggies – Photo: Henk Zwoferink
Photo: Henk Zwoferink
Acquisition by RailAdventureBecause the number of rolling stock transports in Switzerland is continuously growing, RailAdventure decided now was the right time to buy the two Re 6/6 locomotives.
The 11603 is the first locomotive of its type that is no longer owned by SBB but by a private railway company. By buying older locomotives, instead a new ones, RailAdventure believes it can maintain a more neutral image – important as the operator is working for many different, competing rolling stock manufacturers.
After the takeover on 19.07.2018, the 11603 got a P5 revision and a repaint in Bellinzona. The locomotive had to be operational and representative as soon as possible as one of its first tasks was an important one: transport new Stadler Rail-built trains for the 2018 InnoTrans.
The 11604 will remain in Bellinzona for the time being. What will be done with this machine is currently being discussed. Important themes here are the installation of ETCS, as well as implementing measures from the current REFIT program.
The chrome RailAdventure logo on the 11603 – Photo: Henk Zwoferink
The colors, the designThe 11603 now has the standard livery of RailAdventure, just like the German locomotives, in ‘agate grey’ and ‘traffic grey B’. Like the SBB Re 6/6s the 11603 got a metal coat of arms on both fronts and sides depicting the Swiss flag. On one side ‘Switzerland’ was added in German and Reto-Roman, and in French and Italian on the opposite side.
Out of respect for these Swiss heritage symbols, the RailAdventure logos on the sides are 70% smaller compared to those on its other locomotives. A nice touch is that the side logos are made out of chrome, and are embossed.
RailAdventure 11603 with the first train to InnoTrans; the Stadler Kiss for Mälab – Otelfingen 07.09.2018 – Photo: Henk Zwoferink
Fleet overview RailAdventure
• 2011: RailAdventure 139 558-1 / 91 80 6139 558-1 D-RADVE
• 2015: RailAdventure 103 222-6 / 91 80 6103 222-6 D-RADVE
• 2018: RailAdventure 111 210-1 / 91 80 6111 210-1 D-RADVE
• 2018: RailAdventure 111 215-0 / 91 80 6111 215-0 D-RADVE
• 2018: RailAdventure 111 222-6 / 91 80 6111 222-6 D-RADVE
• 2018: RailAdventure 620 003-4 / 91 85 4620 003-4 CH-RADVE
• 2018: to be refurbished: 620 004-2
True, there was also a SBB Re 420 series locomotive in the RA color scheme, the designated Re 421 383, but this one was hired
Photo: Henk Zwoferink
The 11603: its first (busy) days of serviceOn 05.09.2018 the 11603 completed its maiden run, from Bellinzona to Airolo, followed by a a longer ride over the old Gotthard pass route to Basel. 07.09.2018 was the first day of service: the transfer of two adapter cars from Basel-Bad to Stadler’s IBS in Erlen. These cars were used for the transport of a FLIRT EMU for the SOB – a bronze coloured Traverso.
During the days that followed various Stadler Rail trains were transported, all with final destination InnoTrans 2018 in Berlin. In between, it was used for the transfer of new Twindexx Swiss Express cars for SBB.
Photo: Henk Zwoferink
Photo: Henk Zwoferink
This article first appeared on railcolornews.com
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