The International Steam Pages
The Bern Steam Tram, 2010
This report from Thomas Kautzor adds to several from James Waite about the narrow gauge railways of Switzerland with a strong emphasis on steam operation. See also:
I went to Bern today (19th December 2010) to chase the steam tram. I guess
metre gauge steam trams running on urban tram lines are now pretty rare in Europe (only Darmstad in Germany comes to mind, but there they are using an industrial steam loco, not a tram loco). Contrary to predictions the sun only showed up in the morning, by the time I got to Bern before the first run it was already gone.
As such the photographic results are rather ordinary.
Its trailer, C4 31, is a replica of original C4 No. 19-30 (SIG 1894) and was built in 2000-2002. Its bogies were obtained from an MOB goods wagon. Original No. 26 survives at the VHS.
Runs usually start at the Schwanengasse tram loop near Bern's main railway station. In winter the runs go to the Burgenziel tram depot, traversing the old town and the Kirchenfeld bridge on the way. The club's website is http://www.dampftram.ch/index.html.
0-6-0T Régional des Brenets 1 Le Doubs (SLM 618/1890) The RdeB had three of these pretty locos. "Pere Frederic" (SLM 619/1890) is preserved in a glass case at Les Brenets station on the RdeB. "Les Brenets" (SLM 716/1892) fared less well. It is rumoured that a disgruntled ex-employee blew up one of its cylinders after being sacked and it was never repaired. Part of the chassis is preserved at a technical college at Le Locle.