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Gotthardbahn (2/5)

Swiss have been pioneers on electric railways since late 1800's. They don't have their own coal deposits, but there's plenty of water for power generation. And travelling through long mountain tunnels weas not comfortable behind hard working steam engines.

Classes Ce 6/8" and Be 6/8" 'Crocodiles' were the real masters of Gotthard. Powerful motors and double articulated constuction that bent around tight track curves made them especially suitable to the line crossing the Alps.

This Ce 6/8" number 14270 built in 1921-1922 is on a static display at the station of Erstfeld. But SBB has also some working crocodiles available for nostalgic rides.

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Additional Photos by Kari Tanskanen (ktanska) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4392 W: 62 N: 7556] (42998)
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