Serie Ce 6/8 | Gauge Z - Article No. 88563

"Crocodile" Class Ce 6/8 III Electric Locomotive

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More fascination cannot be had: the Ce 6/8 III electric locomotive better known under its nickname "Crocodile" still electrifies all railroad fans in the truest sense of the word. This new Miniclub edition of the classic comes with a new road number and for the first time with LED lighting with the Swiss headlight / marker light code. A super star – just 91 millimeters / 3-9/16" long.

Prototype: Swiss Federal Railways (SBB CFF FFS) class Ce 6/8 III.

"Crocodile" Class Ce 6/8 III Electric Locomotive
"Crocodile" Class Ce 6/8 III Electric Locomotive

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Article No.88563
Gauge / Design type Z / 1:220
KindElectric Locomotives
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  • Product description

    Model: The model has LED lighting with Swiss headlight / marker light code changeover for the first time. The catenary selector screw is mounted inside the locomotive.
    The locomotive has a new road number. It is finely painted and lettered. The locomotive has a 5-pole motor. Both trucks are powered. Length over the buffers 91 mm / 3-9/16".

  • Publications

    - New items brochure 2015 - Product programme 2015/2016 - Product programme 2016/2017
  • Prototype information

    SBB Ce 6/8 III – "Crocodile" The takeover by the Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) of the Gotthard line in 1909 brought radical changes. The most important new thing was the electrification of the Gotthard line now pursued with the highest priority, which included the start of electric operation on the actual ramps from Erstfeld to Biasca as well as the Gotthard tunnel on December 12, 1920. Finally, the line could be run continuously with electric locomotives from Lucerne to Chiasso starting May 28, 1922. The SBB required a large quantity of new locomotives for this purpose – and with the so-called "Crocodile" was born "the" Gotthard locomotive for freight trains. Initially, 33 units were delivered between 1919 and 1922 as Ce 6/8 II 14251-14283. Two groups of driving wheels, each with three powered axles and a pilot truck were linked by a close coupling. A short locomotive body was enthroned between the two groups of driving wheels thus guaranteeing marvelous maneuverability through curves. Constantly increasing performance in freight service caused the SBB to purchase 18 more Crocodiles in 1926/27 as Ce 6/8 III 14301-14318. They featured higher performance with 1,809 instead of 1,647 kilowatts / 2,426 instead of 2,209 horsepower. Their drive with two traction motors per group of driving wheels had been changed a little from their predecessors and was now done by means of the so-called Winterthur diagonal rod drive with the help of a counter jackshaft. Together with their older siblings, they dominated heavy freight service on the Gotthard in the following decades. In the mid-Fifties their maximum speed was increased from 65 to 75 km/h / 41 to 47 mph and they were thus re-designated logically as Be 6/8 III 13301-13318. The end of their use on the Gotthard did not come until the baptism of the Ae 6/6 at the end of the Fifties. All of the units initially went from the Erstfeld Depot to the Basle Depot and from there to other locations for use. The "Crocodiles" now made almost all of Switzerland uncertain at the front of freight trains. At the end of their career, they were only allowed to pull light less-than-carload-lot trains. The last Ce 6/8 III disappeared from the rails in April of 1977 but two units remain preserved with road numbers 13302 (MEC Horgen) and 13305 (SBB Historic).


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