SZB Be 4/4 # 61


Eljas Pölhö <poelhoe@...>
 

Solothurn­Zollikofen­Bern-Bahn Be 4/4 # 28 was renumbered to 61 in 1974. I
see no obvious reason for that. They hardly renumbered it to confuse rail
enthusiasts, but the real real reason has escaped my notice. Any ideas?

Be 4/4 Bo-Bo SWS MFO 1970
1970 Solothurn­Zollikofen­Bern-Bahn Be 4/4 # 28
1974 Solothurn­Zollikofen­Bern-Bahn Be 4/4 # 61
1978 Biel­Täuffelen­Ins-Bahn Be 4/4 # 5
1985 Biel­Täuffelen­Ins-Bahn Be 4/4 # 505
1997 Biel­Täuffelen­Ins-Bahn Be 4/4 # 525
Aare Seeland Mobil Be 4/4 # 525

Eljas Pölhö
Helsinki, Finland/Malmö, Sweden


Giger-Baumann <giger.baumann@...>
 

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Von: "Eljas P�lh�" <poelhoe@...>
Solothurn�Zollikofen�Bern-Bahn Be 4/4 # 28 was renumbered to 61 in
1974. I see no obvious reason for that. They hardly renumbered it to
confuse rail enthusiasts, but the real real reason has escaped my
notice. Any ideas?
It was when SZB and VBW introduced a common numbering-system. SZB numbered
their motor coaches as follows:
1.. = ABDe for Bern - Solothurn
11.. = BDe for Bern - Solothurn
21.. = BDe/Be for Bern - Zollikofen (suburban traffic)
31.. = De (freight)

The then new Be 4/8 48-52 were to take over suburban traffic and thus the BDe
21-23 were rebuilt for use to Solothurn and 22 renumbered 12. Before more
renumberings took place, the common numbering system was fixed:
1.. = ABDe Bern - Solothurn
11.. = for future use
21.. = BDe Bern - Solothurn
31.. = BDe Bern - Worb (800 V=)
41.. = Be 4/8 suburban
61.. = Be 4/4 1200 V= suburban
71.. = Be 4/4 Bern - Worb
101.. = De, Ge, Xe, Tm etc.

Later all ABDe became BDe, BDre, Be and Bre but kept their numbers, as well as
21-23. Last Be 4/8 of third series became number 61. This delivery allowed the
sale of Be 4/4 61 to BTI. The new two-car (nowadays three-car) train sets got
numbers 62-72, the Bern - Worb tram cars (now 600 V=) Be 4/8 81-89. And old
BDe 4/4 24 became number 11 again. It seems that the system was outdated
almost before started...

ASm merger was in 1999

Markus Giger