Rhaetian Railway Ge 3/3

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Rhaetian Railway Ge 3/3
CH RhB Ge33 215.JPG
Ge 3/3 215 in Chur
Type and origin
Power type Electric
Builder Robert Aebi (Raco) and BBC
Build date 1984
Total produced 2
UIC class C
Gauge 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 38 in)
Loco weight 33 tonnes (32.5 long tons; 36.4 short tons)
Electric system(s) 11 kV 16.7 Hz AC Overhead
Current collection Pantograph
Performance figures
Maximum speed 40 km/h (25 mph)
Power output 425 kW (570 hp) at 27 km/h (17 mph)
Operators Rhaetian Railway
Numbers 214, 215
Locale Graubünden, Switzerland
Current owner Rhaetian Railway
Disposition Both still in service

The Rhaetian Railway Ge 3/3 is a class of metre gauge 11 kV 16.7 Hz AC electric shunting locomotives operated by the Rhaetian Railway (RhB), which is the main railway network in the Canton of Graubünden, Switzerland.

The class is so named under the Swiss locomotive and railcar classification system. According to that system, Ge 3/3 denotes a narrow gauge electric adhesion locomotive with a total of three axles, all of which are drive axles. There are only two locomotives in the Ge 3/3 class, and they are numbered 214 and 215.

Delivered by Robert Aebi (Raco) and Brown, Boveri & Cie (BBC), the Ge 3/3s feature some componentry — e.g., traction motor, compressor and vacuum pump — that are the same as the corresponding components in the second series locomotives of the Rhaetian Railway Ge 4/4 II class.

The orange liveried Ge 3/3 locomotives are used at major Rhaetian Railway stations: no 214 in Samedan and no 215 in Chur.

See also[edit]


  • Belloncle, Patrick (2005). Das grosse Buch der Rhätischen Bahn: 1889–2001 [The Big Book of the Rhaetian Railway: 1889–2001]. Kerzers: Edition Viafer. ISBN 3952249408.  (German)
  • Finke, Wolfgang; Schweers, Hans (1998). Die Fahrzeuge der Rhätischen Bahn. Band 3 Lokomotiven, Triebwagen, Traktoren 1889–1998 [The Motive Power of the Rhaetian Railway Vol 3 Locomotives, Railcars, Tractors 1889–1998]. Aachen: Verlag Schweers + Wall. ISBN 3894941057.  (German)
  • Jeanmaire, Claude (1995). Die elektrischen und Diesel-Triebfahrzeuge schweizerischer Eisenbahnen 13 Rhätische Bahn: Stammnetz - Triebfahrzeuge; umfassende Darstellung des historischen Rollmaterials: Lokomotiven, Triebwagen, Traktoren, Dienstfahrzeuge [The Electric and Diesel Motive Power of the Swiss Railways 13 Rhaetian Railway: Core Network - Comprehensive Presentation of the Heritage Rolling Stock: Locomotives, Railcars, Tractors, Service Vehicles]. Villigen: AG Verl. Eisenbahn. ISBN 3856492194.  (German)
  • Schönborn, Hans-Bernhard (2009). Die Rhätische Bahn Geschichte und Gegenwart [The Rhaetian Railway History and Present]. München: GeraMond. ISBN 9783765471629.  (German)

External links[edit]

Media related to Rolling stock of Rhätische Bahn at Wikimedia Commons

This article is based upon a translation of the German language version as at January 2010.