A small station in a double loop.
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BLS Ae 6/8 205 is the last giant of the class on the line, mainly used as a
excursion power, but sometimes pressed in to freight service.
The car is a old passangercar converted to MoW service..
Johan's Zwitserleven gevoel
used with kind permission.
Blausee-Mitholz is situated in rather complex number of loops. The loops are partly located
in tunnels and the loop makes the letter S with B-M in the very middle. There was an
article in German of the station on "Eisenbahn Magazin" from november 1980.
The article describes the site including few photos and a trackplan shown here. The yard
consisted of set double runaround tracks and a double ended spur to loading platform and
crane. The station building is located next to hillside and to the left the final switch is
located next to a tunnel portal while the other side is in large loop.
The tragedy of 1947
The orginal station was destroyed in a explosion where 7000 tons of shells, hand-grenades,
mines, and bombs which were stored in a tunnel or cave near the station exploded by accident
shortly before midnight on the 19th December 1947. The station collapsed, 107 houses were
badly damaged including 39 which were totally destroyed. Nine people were killed, including
the stationmaster. The new station was built in 1948. It was open to passengers until 1987
when the local train services were replaced by buses.
To model Blausee-Mitholz
The "new" station which is the one that is available as a kit from Kibri. Remember that the
kit is a old one and may not scale to even to 1:100, something that was common with the
kits from the sixties and seventies. But The kit has been upgraded with more delicate
Fides, a Swiss manufactor of wooden craftman kits, has offered a ready built
model of the station.
The Kit No. is 1098. Fides wooden kits are available from
There is also another line of kits from
Tip-Top Model, with a number of kits based on
BLS, including Blausee-Mitholz station and the small freighthouse, and Ausserberg.
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Switching a hoppercar with a Ae4/4 at the limeworks.
Photo from Johan's Zwitserleven gevoel
used with kind permission.
Further down the loop there is a track to a gravel loading bin or a tipple, and further
down a combination of bridges over a creek and and a public road before entering the
flagstop or a "haltestelle" for Blausee village. Inside the loop is the location of a small
village, my guess that is the Mitholz downtown. And you can use 10-15 kits of various
producers to dublicate the settlement of typical chalets from the area.
In the opposite direction there is a another loop to the right ending up to a small
crossing station of Felsenburg, located more or less above the Blausee-Mitholz.
Since the trackplan the BLS doubletracked their entire system and trackplan may have
The layout would make beautyful layout, now that Roco produces an sharp looking and well
performing Ae6/8, Ae 8/8 and the latest on the line Re465, along models of EW IV.s and a
repainted EWII baggage car and few freightcars.
As an addition some versions of Re 4/4 are manufactured by the Italian LIMA, inclueding a
number of versions EW I passanger cars, AKU makes a number of freight cars from SBB and BLS.
Sachsenmodelle makes models of Schlierien cars from the fifties. The line sees much foreign
power as SBB RE6/6.s RE460.es and more. Some of Italian railroad companies multicurrent
engines are used on the line.
The stop Ausserberg is another small station along the line.
This image shows the trace of same design, yet in smaller size compared to
Blausee-Mitholz. Photo by BLS
The Felsenburg itself is not unlike Kibris station which is in the "Lenzerheide" village
set. It is available separately.
Website on a layout based on the area
Michael Schröder has followed a trackplan from EK-Themen Nr. 17 "BLS" and the construction is well underway.
If you are interested in the ongoing building, his web site (in german only) is well worth a visit.
Modellbahnseiten von Michael Schröder
The first all electric mountainline.
BLS Re 465 and SBB Re 460 doubleheading a freight at Kanderstegviaduct.
Photo by BLS
BLS is a part of BLS-grouppe that also includes three other railroads,
BN (Bern-Neuchätel), GBS (Gürbetal-Bern-Scwarzenburg) and SEZ
(Spietz-Erlenbach-Zweisimmen). The main line Thun-Bern-Brig is only
84,336 km.s long but is today one of the busiest links in Europe.
The Bern-Lötschenberg-Simplon Bahn, or BLS was and is unique in many
ways. First, it was from start all electric line opened in 1913.
The foresight or hopes for increased traffic on the line, was witnessed
by the construction of the lines many tunnels and bridges that were
designed for a future double line in mind, or that some of the most
powerful engines in the world were in use on the line. This heritage
is continiued today by the delivery of the most powerful 4 axle engines
of the world, the 8800 hp and 220 km/h fast engines of the Re 460-class.
A freight on Luogekin viaduct. Note the swiss cutomary of
left hand running!
Photo by BLS.
Today the line is busy doubletrack link connecting traffic from Germany
in north to Italy in south and sees very heavy traffic. It also hosts
some of the fasted trains of Europe, like the French TGV, German ICE
and Italian CISALPINO.
The BLS is also kept busy ferrieing motorists
through 14 612 m long Lötscenbergtunnel on special auto trains.
Description on Swiss engines.
BLS Re 465.
Photo by BLS
Ae 4/4? Be 6/8? Re 460? HGe 4/4? Ge 6/6? Does this confuse you? It is rather
simple way to reconize the engines, let's start backwards.
The designation 4/6 says how many of the axles are drivers. In
Ce 4/6 says that of the engines six axles, four are drivers.
This that the engine could be anything from 4-8-0, 2-8-2 or
2-4-0 + 0-4-2. The classification does NOT determinate the exact
location on the drivers. An Ae 6/6 could be anything that is sixaxled, and driving with all
set of axles.
Let's go to the letters, starting with some oddity. H stands for a rackengine, while G
stands for Narrow gauge and the small e stand for electric. small m stands
for anything that are using engines as primemovers. Oh yes, there are
RhB engines that use dieselmotors and electrical current and therefor
they are classified as Gem 4/4.s. RhB also uses a number of Ge4/4.s and Ge 6/6.s
and to separate them they use roman prefixes to separate them. The
RhB.s "Crocodiles" are Ge 6/6 I, while the sixaxled engines dating from the sixties are
Ge 6/6 II.s. In same way are the four axled engines separated, Ge4/4 I.s,
Ge4/4 II.s and the Ge4/4 III.s.
Now the Standard Gauge....
The Letters from A and onward describes the speed the engine is
able to. run. Lets start from the fastest.
- R stands for maximimum speed of 110 km/h or more
- A stands for maximimum speed of 80-110 km/h
- B stands for maximimum speed of 70-80 km/h
- C stands for maximimum speed of 60-65 km/h
- D stands for maximimum speed of 45-55 km/h
- E stands for Switching engines.
In the early ninties, this was partially changed with a new system that is close to German
but with simple fashion, the enginenumbers start with a set of three digits, the first
number of axles, the second,
replaces the former roman digit and third, subclasses. The Re 460 was supposed to
beclassified as RE4/4 VI...