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In the mid-seventies, after having evaluated four prototype engines, the Swiss Federal Railways decided to order 85 new heavy freight engines to haul goods trains primarily on the Gotthard route. Unlike the earlier Ae 6/6 engines, the Re 6/6 ran on three four-wheel bogies, rather than two six-wheelers. This constructive measure was necessary due to the tight curves on the Alpine routes, which were often damaged by heavy engines with three axles per bogie. The design is widely based on the BoBo (four-axle) Re 4/4'', which was introduced into service a few years earlier. One of the engines (the "St. Triphon") has been scrapped after an accident, the rest remains in service. They still are one of the main backbones in Swiss freight hauling, however, due to their narrow electric pickups, they are restricted to Switzerland and can not ride in neighboring countries (which would, with minor alterations, be otherwise possible in Germany and Austria)





The engine has a maximum speed of 140 kp/h, and a tractive effort of 7,802 kilowatts. Maximum tractive effort is rated at 394.4 kilonewton, hourly tractive effort is 266.8 kilonewton. The engines are considered the halcyon of Swiss DC technology, and it is the last DC engine built and introduced into service in Switzerland.



They were painted in the standard green SBB livery when delivered, and had round headlights (like on the "Bussigny"). Today, their appearance features a red livery and sqare headlights, as well as UIC steps on the front of the engine; this can be seen on the "Wetzikon".





Each engine was named after a Swiss community, and carries that community´s coat of arms. One engine, Stein-Säckingen, is named after a German town close to the border to Switzerland.





The model is handmade by HAG of Switzerland. It features a diecast carbody, a bogie motor with a three-pole anchor and ball bearings, is hand-painted and hand-assembled in Switzerland.



Save for some detail parts on the roof, the bogies and the windows, the model is completely made of metal. The model itself has been around for over 20 years now, albeit with changing road numbers and coats of arms; it has first been introduced in 1987. My green engine is one of the first batch made. The red is one of the most recent releases.



And, as with many HAG engines, the motor can be seen through the side windows. It could be covered, but that would no longer allow the model to negotiate tight curves.

EDIT: my apologies, I really need to clean my camera lens. Sorry about the dust and lint on the pictures.
 

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Hi - nicely explained - I've dcc chipped several of these for clients but didn't know their history, so thank you. They are nice runners and very very smooth once chipped.

Re the distracting "DC motor view" through the body windows.

One small easy added thing I do when I chip them is give the motor (where it can be seen through the window) a quick light coat of matt black floquil or humbrol enamel with an airbrush: no need to mask other areas in the chassis too carefully as its harmless as far as the motor etc is concerned and once that is done, it becomes pretty well not noticeable once the loco's on the track.

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Just to add to a great description of one of my favourite Swiss locos here is a photo of the latest livery variation for this class.

Incidentally the Re6/6's are now known as Class 620.
QUOTE Each engine was named after a Swiss community, and carries that community´s coat of arms. One engine, Stein-Säckingen, is named after a German town close to the border to Switzerland.
Bit of a strange one this
Stein-Säckingen is the name of the SBB railway station which is situated in the town of Stein in Canton Aargau, Switzerland. The town on the opposite side of the Rhine in Germany is called Bad Säckingen.
 

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QUOTE (swisstrains @ 18 May 2008, 11:23) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Bit of a strange one this
Stein-Säckingen is the name of the SBB railway station which is situated in the town of Stein in Canton Aargau, Switzerland. The town on the opposite side of the Rhine in Germany is called Bad Säckingen.

That is true; the engine carries the Stein coat of arms on one and the Säckingen coat of arms on the other side.

Another little known fact is that, a few years ago, engine # 11686 was named "Wolfsburg" for a few weeks. That was when the new Passat was presented to motor journalists, who´d test drive the cars on Alpine roads, and 11686 plus some car transporters would collect the cars (and journalists) in the evening.
 

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QUOTE (swisstrains @ 18 May 2008, 09:23) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Just to add to a great description of one of my favourite Swiss locos here is a photo of the latest livery variation for this class.

Good photo thanks, but OMHO this modern livery does not suit the classic lines of the locomotive at all - much prefer it in green.
 

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Excellent review with good clear photos if I could afford one I might be tempted - though I don't know where I'd run it.

QUOTE (Brian Considine @ 18 May 2008, 07:06) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>one make that I do not have a single example of, so it's about time I made the effort.

Do they do Begian outline as well then?

Have to agree with you about the cargo livery though - personally I rather like the straight red.

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QUOTE (BRITHO @ 19 May 2008, 14:55) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Do they do Begian outline as well then?



No, Swiss outline only (plus one Norwegian Re 460 variant someday ago).
 

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QUOTE (ME 26-06 @ 18 May 2008, 00:51) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>EDIT: my apologies, I really need to clean my camera lens. Sorry about the dust and lint on the pictures.

Hi,

It's not the camera, just give your models a light cleaning


By the way, any info on Re 6/6 articulated locs? I have the model (no pics as of now) but no info on the prototype


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