The Swiss electric locos Ce 6/8 III and Be 6/8 III are probably the most famous electric locos in the world. The first of the 33 locos (nick name “crocodile”) were delivered in 1919. Those locos delivered 1647 kW and reached a maximum speed of 65 km/h. The strong four –motor- units were used in heavy freight and passenger service. In the 1940s SBB modernized 13 locos (re-numbered to Be 6/8 II) with new motors to reach a maximum speed of 75 km/h. In 1977 last Be 6/8 quitted service.
In 2010, a new era started with the year´s summer timetable among RhB´s rolling stock: the first 15 copies of the three-part “Allegra” dual-voltage railcars, ordered from Stadler, replaced some of the locomotives which had seen better days.
The powerful and air-conditioned ABe 4/8 3501-3515 can be either used on the main line´s AC system or the DC-powered “Bernina” line.
With further procurements, the operational concept of locomotive-drawn trains has changed with the exception of the Albula more…
For medium freight service Bombardier Transportation of Germany developed a four-axle electric loco BR 185.1. The locos are equipped with four traction motors BAZu 8871/4 and reach a maximum speed of 140 km/h. Most of the 332 samples built between 1999 and 2005 been delivered to Deutsche Bahn AG DB.
The Cityjet and Ventus are electric railcars of the Austrain Railways ÖBB and Raaberbahn. The Cityjet and Ventus were build as 4744 series for regional transport and 4746 (only Cityjet) for S-Bahn operating. the maximum speed is 160 km/h.
For heavy freight and passenger service on famous Loetschberg-Bahn of Switzerland BLS ordered four samples of 2-6-6-2 electric locos Ae 6/8 in 1939. The motors develop 4400 kW and enable the locos to reach a maximum speed of 100 km/h.
In 1913 Swiss narrow gauge Rhaetian railway RhB ordered seven samples of small electric loco Ge 2/4. The locos are equipped with side rods and deliver 228 kW. For additional tractive effort, RhB increased power up to 450 kW at two locos. So the maximum speed increased from 45 to 55 km/h.
In 1972 Swiss narrow gauge Railway Furka-Oberalp-Bahn FO received five four axle electric locos with luggage compartment. The four motor locos developed 1032 kW and reached a maximum speed of 60 km/h in adhesion drive and 30 km/h using rack drive.
In 1956 State Railway of Portugal CP ordered 15 samples of four-axle electric loco Série 2500. The four motors speeded the loco up to 120 km/h.