Drive the legendary ge 6/6 II as a simulator-driver
Foto: © Luc Wullschleger
The Ge 6/6 II 703 and her six sisters were legends on Swiss narrow gauge railway tracks: Since 1958/1965 these locomotives were operating on the extensive route network of Rhaetian Railways (Rhätische Bahn/RhB) in southeastern Switzerland, and hauled everything they were tasked with – from heavy concrete trains up to the famous Glacier Express and support trains for roadside gangs. After 57 years and several million kilometers travelled on tracks, the end for locomotive 703, christened to the famous tourist city of "St. Moritz", came in spring 2022. She was definitely retired from service and earmarked for the scrapyard.
Now her cab no. 2 gets a second life thanks to our private non-profit project Loksimulator.ch. The project manager, a former engineering employee of RhB, was able to save the cab from being scrapped with the kind help of RhB.
The cab will be displayed in the Fliegermuseum Altenrhein in northeastern Switzerland, and be used as a simulator as of approximately autumn 2024. Interested visitors and railfans will then be able to operate the locomotive simulator under the knowledgeable lead of a professional coach on various subdivisions and lines of the RhB, paying a financial contribution per session to cover operational cost.
Information about our project progress can be found on our NEWS page.
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cutting off of the cab and transport to altenrhein – 14.06.2022
Re-furnishing and outfitting of the simulator – until approx. spring 2024
test runs – approx. spring 2024
first simulator operation – approx. as of autumn 2024
Final goal is the operation of the simulator in the Fliegermuseum Altenrhein. Interested railfans and visitors should get the chance to drive the simulator on several RhB lines under the watchful eye of an instructor, paying a financial contribution towards the operating and financial costs.
As a further milestone, we are currently considering putting the whole cab on a motion platform, lifting the simulator experience to a next level.
Very nice documentary by Olivier Purtschert about our project and the "cutoff day" of the two loco cabs for our projects Loksimulator.ch and DESM.
Fliegermuseum Altenrhein (FMA) is a flying aviation museum located at the airport St. Gallen-Altenrhein (LSZR) in northeastern Switzerland. The museum focuses on the display and operation of historic and vintage aircraft, especially types formerly operated by the Swiss Air Force. These aircraft are used for public display at airshows, and operated on passenger flights for members of the museum.
Thanks to a number of former Swiss Air Force pilots working there voluntarily, Fliegermuseum Altenrhein has become a competence center for operation and maintenance of these aircraft, as well as the training of new pilots on these types, be it basic training or specialized training for formation flight or airshow display routines.
Apart from that, the museum operation features several display teams which present the aircraft on Swiss and European airshows, among them the SUBITO Team (flying on Pilatus PC-7 air force trainers) and the Patrouille Papillon (on historic Pilatus P-3 trainers).
The FMA kindly provides us space in their aircraft hangars for display and operation of the simulator.
The association Verein DESM performs scientific research on complex problems within the railroad system. To achieve this, DESM owns a growing laboratory with several loco and switch tower simulators.
In the light of a constantly higher level of automation of railroad processes, simulators often are the only instruments for scientific research of non-quantitative factors influencing factors.
DESM pursues the goal of developing an integrated simulation instrumentary to gain insights and do research on complex problems as well as human performance and man-machine interface issues.
Verein DESM collaborates with our project in the fields of logistics, simulator technology, visualizing the outside views, and analogue/digital interfaces. We are glad to share the knowledge with this association well respected for their longterm experience in construction and operation of loco simulators.
With more than 1 600 employees, Rhätische Bahn / Rhaetian Railways (RhB) offers railroad services to around 12 million passengers each year.
The 385 kilometer long narrow gauge route network in southeastern Switzerland offers many stunning figures: it is divided into 9 major lines, and serving 103 stations. A third of the whole network is located above 1 500m above sea level in alpine regions. A third of the route has been declared UNESCO world heritage due to the marvelous engineering and the breathtaking views the route offers. And 20% of the whole railway track system is located on or in artificial structures, like tunnels, bridges or dams.
With regional and freight trains as well as the auto shuttle trains through 19km long Vereina tunnel, RhB provides reliable and high quality transportation within the Grisons district (Kanton Graubünden). With the panoramic express trains Bernina Express and Glacier Express as well as the UNESCO world heritage "Rhaetian Railways in the Albula/Bernina Pass region", RhB owns brands worldwide known and appreciated. These brands are carefully promoted in cooperation with tourism partners of RhB.
RhB has kindly provided us the cab no. 2 of locomotive 703, and supported our effort to cut off the cab with logistics and manpower support.
REGATRON AG in Rorschach, Switzerland, has been founded in 1969 and is an internationally accepted, expanding company in the field of electronic engineering..
REGATRON develops, produces and distributes technologically advanced power supply solutions as well as products in the fields of power electronics and drive technology. Regatron is a family owned and lead company, and employs 170 professionals and 10 apprentices.
REGATRON is a specialized engineering company with solid and comprehensive expertise in developing, manufacturing and sales of programmable power supplies. REGATRON’s continuous focus on power electronics has led to a well established and field-proven portfolio of programmable DC and AC power sources. All over the world, REGATRON power supplies are used in laboratories, test fields and production lines for simulation, testing, development and research purposes or in various process technologies as voltage / current sources.
REGATRON AG kindly supports our electronic engineering needs with professional manpower from their engineering and production segments, and with material needed for our many interfaces between the 1950s analog technology of the locomotive cab and the 2020s digital technology of our computer environment.
Stocker Netzbau offers the following tasks::
Stocker Netzbau kindly supported the transport of our cab from Chur to Altenrhein with manpower, trucks, crane, material and logistics.
The two Scottish software producers Rivet Games and Thomson Interactive produce high quality Add-ons for the market leading software in the range of train simulators, "Train Simulator 202x". They have programmed several lines and rolling stock add-ons of Rhaetian Railways for Train Simulator 202x as well as Train Sim World in a very realistic manner. Among these is the realistic simulation of the Ge 6/6 II, our locomotive.
Both companies kindly have sponsored software add-ons (RhB routes, rolling stock) for our simulator.
We are anytime happy to welcome further sponsors on board!