MOB and methods of working
I think I`m beginning to get this clear in my mind now.
I`m specialising on considering peak period here, say July, August
Freight on the MOB. Can anyone advise if the freight workings at the
Zweisimmen end of the line worked to a regular timetable, or were
they as required?
The regular freights, which also conveyed a post coach, which ceased
in May 1994. Did these reach/start from Montreux, and did they have a
regular diagram or were they as required?
What are the differences, or where can I find drawings, of the
passenger stock. Particularly, how do 211-215 304 and 305-8 differ
from 201-2, 207-210, 301-3 and 103-7?
Are the brs Panoramic coaches 220 and 221 identical to the original
The Leman and Oberland.Did these convey Panoramic stock? 1st and
second or one or other?
How common was it that additional stock or even special trains were
provided for parties? Once a week, twice a day?
How long would it take to provide a heavy overhaul on a motive power
item? A month, a week or what.
Freight on the MOB. Can anyone advise if the freight workings at thethey are regular, but probably "facultativ" in part. Such trains carry an "F"
after train number. It means, depending on traffic it is decided, whether a
train will run or not. I will try to get additional information on that subject.
The regular freights, which also conveyed a post coach, which ceasedThey carried CargoDomicil (that's LCL) and ran Mo-Fr regularly, but only
Saanen - Zweisimmen
What are the differences, or where can I find drawings, of theIf you want to know all details of MOB, you should buy the two books
(beginning - 1963 and 1964 - 1994 of BVA about MOB (ISBN 2-88125-008-4 and
009-2, CHF 79.- each, don't know about postage abroad, can be ordered directly
from editor: Editions La Raillï¿½re, 14, ch. Travers-Bancs, CH-1092 Belmont). They
are not cheap and they only have French texts. But they have first class b-w
photographs and an absolutely complete stock survey with drawings of each type!
But you need to understand a few words of French. As to the 201...308 I will
explain in a separate posting. I will put photos of the different types in the
Are the brs Panoramic coaches 220 and 221 identical to the originalExternally they are identical. Interior of 223 was changed once. There were
diagrams of the interior in a SER, if this is of any importance.
The Leman and Oberland. Did these convey Panoramic stock? 1st andjust ordinary named fast trains.
How common was it that additional stock or even special trains wereAdditional stock in the form of Ar 101 and As 102 (the old CIWL-type pullmans)
could be seen quite often. May be on four subsequent days but then not for two
weeks. Special trains starting in Montreux would mainly be Superpanoramic or,
later, Crystal Panoramic, running on weekdays for groups. Other special things
are steam trains between Montbovon and Gstaad, freight trains from Montbovon in
the Gstaad direction and specials from GFM going to Chï¿½teau-d'Oex or Gstaad.
There were special events with daily special trains but months without anything.
Depends, what was going on in the region...
How long would it take to provide a heavy overhaul on a motive powerwhat is "heavy overhaul"?
normal cycle in Switzerland is something like R1 - R2 - R1 - R3 - R1 - R2 etc.
R1 is quite frequent and should not be more than two weeks
R2 takes a bit longer but AFAIK not more than a month
R3 can differ very much: if no important changes are made, about two months;
otherwise it can happen you do not see a vehicle for more than half a year.
Depending on other tasks in a shop of a smaller company, an overhaul can take