Modern Steam

AN ECONOMIC AND ENVIRONMENTAL ALTERNATIVE TO DIESEL TRACTION

BENEFITS OF MODERN STEAM

One man operation for steam locomotives

Remote-controlled steam engines for ships

Light-oil firing with clean and spark free combustion

High thermal efficiency of engine and boiler

Modular concept

Modern manufacturing allows for exchangeable parts

Latest bearing technology reduces maintenance and protects the environment

Electric preheating device enables unattended heating up of steam boilers

 

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Modernized Steam Locomotive "Heidi" officially baptized

16 March 2016

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 steamed to Zernez where the official ceremony took place.

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A WOOD-PELLET FIRING IS ENVISAGED FOR NEW PADDLE STEAMER PROJECT

17 February 2016

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 (in favour of steam ships) has been founded, see www.prodampfer.ch .

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Final Commissioning and official Authorization for Steam Locomotive G 3/4 Nr. 11 "Heidi"

3 January 2016

On the occasion of the officail acceptance test run on November 11, .2015 the Swiss notified bodies BAV and SVTI have given the official green light for commercial operation.

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Modernized Steam Locomotive “Heidi” on the world-famous Albula line of the Raetian Railway

16 September 2015

Concluding the tune-up period of commissioning the modernized light-oil fired steam locomotive type G 3/4 Nr. 11 worked several test trains on the famous Albula line, one of the few railway lines declared a world heritage by the UNESCO. The attractive metre gauge line constantly climbs with 1 in 28 gaining ..

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Successful Load Tests with modernized Steam Locomotive "Heidi"

20 April 2015

Commissioning and staff training was continued on April 6 and 8, 2015, successfully working trains out of Samedan to Pontresina, St. Moritz and Bever. The new technology is entirely hidden, so that the outer appearence is exactly what it was back in 1902. The engine doesn't smoke though. Even at full power the combustion of the light fuel oil firing is clean.

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All Snow Ploughs of the Austrian Federal Railways have been modernized

19 February 2015

Following the recent delivery of further roller bearing axles by DLM, the modernization of all 22 snow ploughs is now complete. As can be seen in the picture, the snow ploughs are being pushed by electric or thermal locomotives. The clearing of tracks and platforms (see picture) is fast and efficient.

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Further Application of 52 8055's Technology

6 November 2014

The Austrian Federal Railways have placed another order for the delivery of further sets of roller bearing axles to modernize the remaining snow ploughs previously equipped with plain bearings. The production is already in process. The first delivery of roller bearing axles dates back to 2009.

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Rhaetian Railway G 3/4 No. 11 "Heidi" back in Service after an extensive Overhaul

16 July 2014

On Friday, July 11, 2014 the 2-6-0 tank engine G 3/4 No.11 successfully moved under its own steam following an extensive overhaul and modernization. This metre gauge locomotive was built in 1902 by the Swiss Locomotive & Machine Works SLM in Winterthur. The rebuilding and modernization was a joint venture ..

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FIRELESS TECHNOLOGY FOR FERRYS

11 June 2014

Up to now the fireless technology has only be used for shunting locomotives. Thanks to the enormous storage capacity of hot water under pressure, the simple and extremely reliable technology can be envisaged for other applications as well. Following the results of previous general study on behalf of the Swiss Department of Energy BFE, a detailed study for ferry operation on fireless steam will now be undertaken.

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