Switzerland - Industrial locomotives

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This cute little private diesel locomotive built by Schöma is owned by the Swissmills wheat mill, inside the city of Zürich, next to the river Limmat and only less than a kilometre from the main station.
Photo from June 1999 by Ilkka Siissalo.


This small industrial locomotive Thm 2/2 has had many owners. It used to belong to the company Webereimaschinen of Rüti, Maschinenfabriek of Rüti, then to the company Kummler + Matter which among other things installs railway line security systems, then to Rorschach-Heiden Bergbahn RHB and after Appenzeller Bahnen bought RHB, now it is the tractor Thm 237 916 of Appenzeller Bahnen. Originally the machine is Swiss federal railways SBB's rail tractor of the type Tm III. SBB had 24 of them and seven more were bought by private companies. They were built 1958-66 by SLM and BBC. The machine was intended mainly for shunting inside a depot area. Its top speed is 30 km/h.
Picture from Heiden 28.9.2002 by Ilkka Siissalo.


This rail truck belongs to the company Benkler, which has a timber yard and sells wood products in Wattwil. The rail truck is originally a German DB machine of the type KLV 53 built in the 1950s.
Picture from Wattwil 29.9.2002 by Ilkka Siissalo.


This small locomotive made by Henschel in 1959 used to be owned by Regionalbahn Mittelland, which used it at its depot when fixing coaches and locomotives. Today, after BLS Lötschbergbahn bought RM, it works for BLS.
Picture from Zell (in the Kanton of Thurgau) 1.92002 by Ilkka Siissalo.


This industrial locomotive was at the time when this picture was taken owned by the metal scrap handler company Bühlmann Alteisen AG of Münchenwiler. Previously it had belonged to the railway company BN (Chemin de Fer Berne - Neuchâtel) which today is a part of BLS Lötschbergbahn. It had been built by Moyse in Paris, France.
Picture from Münchenwiler 5.9.2002 by Ilkka Siissalo.


The same locomotive as above, but seen from the other side.
Picture from Münchenwiler 5.9.2002 by Ilkka Siissalo.


An old locomotive tractor Tm 2/2 no.72 of the company SOAG is kept in a museum in Delemont, but not much information about this locomotive is available.
Picture from Delemont 5.10.2002 by Ilkka Siissalo.


This train, the Marti Express Shuttle is a rarity. It was designed to work exactly like a lorry, but on rails. It can take two containers as a load and it can additionally haul a rake of unmotorised wagons, so that the full loaded train can carry 18 containers at a time, without the need of a locomotive and with the speed of 120 km/h. It was thought to be a good idea, but it really never took off. First there was a plan to use several of these trains to haul containers over the Alps between Germany and Italy, but for that purpose the engine was too weak. The bernese construction company Marti bought the prototype train and has used it with specially made gravel containers for moving large amounts of sand or gravel to construction sites or away from them. But for even this purpose the one small lorry engine has not been enough, and therefore this train has often been seen with an old SBB electric locomotive at its other end. That operation mode has the benefit that there is no need to turn the train around, it can run in both directions.
Picture from Oensingen 5.5.2016 by Ilkka Siissalo.


The Marti Express Shuttle seen from the other direction in front of a pile of normal containers. Behind the cockpit a heap of yellow, lower containers can be seen. These are the specially made gravel containers. These have also been used at construction sites where for example a tunnel is being bored through a mountain and huge amounts of broken stone needs to be transported away.
Picture from Oensingen 5.5.2016 by Ilkka Siissalo.
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