RVT-Historique
       the touristic train of the country of the fairies and Absinthe

                       

 
   




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Rolling  stock
 

   
 

''L'Etincelante'' ABDe 2/4 - former ABFe 2/4

Electro-diesel shunter Tem II - former CFF 292

 

   
 
Our railcar is currently stabled in the loco shed we hire at Fleurier.
It is located at the western end of Fleurier station.
The large, well-lit building is ideal to carry out maintenance and refurbishment work
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''L'Etincelante'' ABDe 2/4 - former ABFe 2/4
 

   
   

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      Bar Etincelante
         05.2007
        Etincelante
        05.2007
       Etincelante
       05.2007
         Travers
       08.2007
       St-Sulpice
       03.2008
       Bar Etincelante
       08.2008
       Etincelante
       02.2019
 
           
     Auvernier
      10.2006
        Fleurier- 
      10.2006
       Noiraigue
       Areuse
      06.2007
     Champ-du-Moulin
      Creux-du-Van
          06.2007
    Entre Bayards
   et Boveresse
      10.2008
      Entre Bayards
     et Boveresse
        05.2009
   Entre Auvernier et
Neuchâtel-Serrières
      09.2009
 
           
  Les Bayards
      02.2013
      La Presta
     04.2014
  Verrières-Frontière
      07.2015
      Travers
    07.2015
  Viaduc de Couvet
      09.2016
     Entre Bayards
    et Boveresse   
        09.2016
      St-Sulpice
      09.2016
   
 
 
 Our primary target is to preserve in working order one of the two  electric railcars that were introduced in 1944/1945 when the RVT line between Travers and Fleurier / St Sulpice was electrified.

To provide our passengers with adequate and safe transportation various operations have been planned - some are already in progress:

- body work repairs, replacement of rusted pannels,
- fitting of a bar counter inside the brake compartment,
- fresh coat of paint based on original livery,
- fitting of adequate electrical apparatus to power a fridge plus coffee machine and public
  address system - information about the railway line and its environment will be available in
  several languages over the system.
 
 
  Some might think that only a bunch of ageing railway buffs are concerned with railway preservation. This is not so. Several younger enthusiasts have joined our workforce lately and we value their contribution highly.

Technical data

 Max speed    44 mph
 Seats    59  (51 in 2nd class; 8 in 1st class)
 Horse power    560CV = 412Kw
 Tractive effort:    208 kW
 Can haul up to :
 - St-Sulpice/Buttes - Travers  (16 ‰)
 - Neuchâtel - Travers - Les Verrières (22 ‰)
  .
- 140t (three trailers !)
-   70t (two trailers !)
 Overall length    21 metres
 Weight (weight of electrical equipment : 10t)    40 t
 Handbrake    2 X 7 tons + 4 brake shoes 
 

Manufacturers :
- of mechanical equipments : SWS
(Fabrique suisse de wagons, Schlieren)
- of electrical equipments : BBC (Brown Boveri AG - Baden)

Traction motors : 2

Driving wheel diameter: 940mm - 37,6 inches

Gear ratio : 1:5,19

Horse power : 280

Current : 15,000 Volts A.C. 2/3 Hz from overhead equipment
 

  Introduced : 1944

Last commercial working before preservation : December 2004
 
 
 


Electro-diesel shunter Tem II - former CFF 292
 

 
Electro-diesel shunter Tem II - former CFF 292- is mainly used on shunting duties at our Fleurier shed where the track is not wired.

It can also haul our railcar down the St Sulpice branch of the line which is deprived of overhead catenary equipment.
 
 

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Champ-du-Moulin
06.2006
  St-Sulpice
 06.2007
  St-Sulpice
08.2007
  St-Sulpice
05.2008
  Auvernier
08.2008
  Neuchâtel
08.2008
   
 
         
   Chaux-de-Fonds
         05.2009
      Auvernir - Bôle
         06.2009
          Neuchâtel
         09.2009
        Travers
     09.2009
   Noiraigue - Travers
          08.2016
         St-Sulpice
         09.2016

 

 

Technical data

Max speed   37 m.p.h.
Power under the wires   160 hp / 118 kW
Power - diesel    85 hp / 62 kW
Weight   26 t
Overall length   6,7 m
Distance between the two axles   2.80 m
Driving wheel diameter   950 mm
Brakes   Ra Ah N
Fuel tank   120l (approximately 27 GB.gallons)
Nber of traction motors   1
First introduced   1967
Manufacturers   Tuchschmid , SLM, MFO, Saurer
   
   
 
  Etat : 21.01.2021
   

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