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Forchbahn update

filed on: 13.05.2004 (13th May 2004)

New Stadler Forchbahn units now in service are 61/3-5 with 66 expected imminently. Accident damaged 62 is also expected back soon (see 19.02.2004). The first Bt to be withdrawn is 107 which has been moved to a scrapyard in Dübendorf by rail.

The great little train of Zürich could soon be showing it's worth in other climes. Interest in BDe4/4 11-16 and Bt4 102-6/8 has been expressed for use in Madagascar! The BDe4/4's would be rebuilt with diesel generators. It is not clear whether they will be used on the Fianarantsoa to Manakar line which has recently been repaired with Swiss assistance, or whether they are intended for another project. Neither is it clear how realistic this initiative is or how many vehicles are required. Stay tuned to this channel!

This news item is from the 2004 newslog.

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