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Author Topic: Kato Rhaetische Bahn series  (Read 84641 times)

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Re: Kato Rhaetische Bahn series
« Reply #1140 on: Yesterday at 12:52:13 PM »

with one of the new 7 car fixed coach rakes also made by Stadler....

I knew they were named after Albula, but I couldn't remember the Romanche name 'Alvra'....
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The sets are newly operating as 7 car push pull, but the Alvra trains are now somewhat less than new, having been around since 2015 and introduced to revenue service in 2017.

They are still powered by locos (officially all the time but in practice not, typical RhB...) it is the Capricorns  which will largely put pay to the 'traditional RhB' most of us love best.


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Re: Kato Rhaetische Bahn series
« Reply #1141 on: Yesterday at 12:57:12 PM »
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Allegra EMUs is a bit of a red herring - they are designed for many and varied purposes on the RhB - the full story  is very complex and too long to recount here and now.

Why’s it a red herring? They are EMUs...? That they’re deployed on a variety of devices doesn’t change that.


I guess what Gordon refers to is that they are very powerful and used like a locomotive. They are much more powerful than a lightweight EMU, and almost as powerful as a Ge 4/4.

As well as hauling coaches, they can, and do haul freight....

Indeed - it's a question of parlance really, and of relation to UK railway terminology. The work they do is a far cry from a BR Cravens 2-car DMU for example.


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Re: Kato Rhaetische Bahn series
« Reply #1142 on: Yesterday at 02:10:03 PM »
Well yes. But so is the Stadler SMILE, and that's a 6,500hp high speed unit, still an EMU. What is an Allegra if it's not an EMU...?

A DMU isn't just a little 2-car unit that potters up and down a branchline at 40mph. That's not a question of parlance, merely that just like "diesel locomotive" EMU covers a broad church. But we digress.

 

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