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Ein Dampfer für Untersee und Rhein

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not translated, only relevant if you understand Swiss German !

Aktuell im Schweizer Sender Tele D HD: "Im Gespräch: Ein Dampfer für Untersee und Rhein". In einer halbstündigen Diskussion (Schweizer Deutsch) erklären Dr. Eduard Joos, Präsident des Vereins Pro Dampfer, Dr. Hansjörg Lang, VR-Präsident der Pro Dampfer AG und Dipl.-Masch.-Ing. ETH Roger Waller, Geschäftsleiter der DLM AG die Gründe für das innovative Projekt eines neuen Raddampfers mit CO2-neutraler Pelletsfeuerung. Während des Gesprächs werden Filmszenen des alten Raddampfers DS "Schaffhausen" eingespielt. Programm:  https://www.tele-d.ch/programm.htmlr

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 November 2016 06:20

Project Engineering for new Steam Ship Drives

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Since Spring this year DLM works on two very different steam engine projects:

- Srew Steamer: Two Cylinder Steam Engine (Twin) with 100 kW power, non condensing, remote control, automatic oil-fired boiler

- Paddle Steamer: Two Cylinder Compound Steam Engine with 300 kW power, condensing, remote control, automatic pelletl-fired boiler

The engineering work on the screw steamer has already been concluded, those for the paddle steamer are in progress, full steam ahead.

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 October 2016 08:54

52 8055 operates freight train for a real transport

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On Tuesday April 19 2016, 52 8055 operated a real (not for photografic purposes) freight train consisting of 10 former type Z2 PTT cars. The carriages contained spare parts and other materials of the Swiss Steam Centre at Winterthur, which are currently not needed for the exhibition. 52 8055, permanently stationed at Schaffhausen, took one additional car to Winterthur-Töss station to collect the other carriages, which had previously been loaded. Many onlookers watched the intensive shunting that took place to bring the carriages in the right order. The 380 ton train was then driven back to Schaffhausen with full steam and a top speed of 80 km/h.

It has been several decades since a real freight train has been operated by a steam locomotive on a Swiss main line. Thanks to the modern steam technology of 52 8055 the transport has been done in an efficient and environmentally friendly way, actually more efficient then with electric traction, as the standards of todays train logistics require big detours, a result of closing done (too) many shunting yards. Thus, in spite of the slightly better thermal efficiency of the electric traction, the transport efficiency of a directly operated modern steam train can be better! Besides, it's much more fun. Photo: Georg Trüb

52 8055 bei Schiterberg

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 April 2016 09:02

Modernized Steam Locomotive "Heidi" officially baptized

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All sponsors had been invited to a winterly excursion with the steam locmotive "Heidi" for which they contibuted to enable its restauration and modernization. The train consisting of five historic carriges started at Samedan steamied to Zernez where the official ceremony took place. After a delicious lunch the special train headed back full steam to Samedan on gradients up to 35%o. The picture shows the train ready to depart at Zernez:  Roger Waller

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 March 2016 17:45

A wood-pellet firing is envisaged for new Paddle Steamer Project

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DS Schaffhausen in voller Fahrt

The old paddle steamer named "Schaffhausen" pictured above had been built in 1913 by Sulzer Brothers of Winterthur, Switzerland. It circulated on the river Rhine from Schaffhausen to Konstanz until 1966 when management decided to replace it by a "more modern" motor vesel. In spite of heavy protests of the public, the paddle steamer was scrapped in 1967. In 2012 a Society named Pro Dampfer (for steam) has been founded, see www.prodampfer.ch .Already more then 2160 members actively support the idea to build a new paddle steamer.

The new paddle steamer will be driven by a new real steam engine directly acting on the paddle wheels. It is the intentiion of the Society to create an attractive, but also economically viable and environmentally friendly technically modern steam ship. A first engineering study by DLM has investigated the possiblity of a wood-pellet firing system that would enable CO2-neutral operation, a feature motor ships are unable to provide!

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 March 2016 18:13

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