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Ae 6/8 – historic locomotive

The Ae 6/8 locomotive that was operated by the now defunct Bernese Alpine Railway Company Bern-Lötschberg-Simplon was built between 1926 and 1943, during which time it was the most powerful locomotive in the world.

Today, an Ae 6/8 locomotive with the number 205 is parked in the Burgdorf depot. The rail vehicle is still operational and is occasionally used for nostalgic train journeys. Experience railway history up close.

  • Ae 015 205 Designation formerly: Ae 6/8
  • 1 Quantity
  • 205 Number
  • 1939 Put into service

Rail vehicle details technical data

  • 20.2 m Length
  • 120 t Weight
  • 4,415 kW Power output
  • 100 km/h Maximum speed
  • First-class carriage EWI A Can be combined with

History historic rail vehicle

The Ae 6/8 (up until 1939: Be 6/8) was procured in two series: No. 201–204 from 1926 to 1931 and No. 205–208 from 1939 to 1943.

The electric component was supplied by Société Anonyme des Atéliers de Sécheron (SAAS). The mechanical section for No. 201–204 was manufactured by the Italian company SA Ernesto Breda, while No. 205–208 were built by Swiss Locomotive and Machine Works Winterthur (SLM).

The second series (No. 205–208) was built as the Ae 6/8 with a gear ratio that enabled a top speed of 100 km/h. In order to ensure that express trains would be able to travel at a speed of 100 km/h on flat segments, the first four locomotives were also equipped with new traction drives in 1939 and converted into Ae 6/8 units.

The Ae 6/8 with the number 205 was presented at the National Fair in Zurich in 1939.

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