yes, was common in Germany and Switzerland. It was only used when the train was stationary to ensure power supply during a loco change ect.I remember seeing West German restaurant cars with pantographs when I was on holiday in the Black Forest during the mid-80s.
Thanks.yes, was common in Germany and Switzerland. It was only used when the train was stationary to ensure power supply during a loco change ect.
I have seen reference to the North Koreans having/using pantograph fitted catering vehicles.
Still under test for the moment. Once approved, will be used to form rames of 4 or 6 cars. Can be MUed together or with locos serie 18. 3/25 kV, 3000 kW, 200 kN. 50 ordered in the first batch, there will be more.Oh, I like that! Best of all worlds in a single neat package.
Indeed! They got those six axles to prevent adhesion problems as they were built with 2400 kW of power to allow them to be as fast as Mat'64 (as on several routes a mix of double deckers and single deck trainsets were used).And Bo-Bo-Bo configuration to make them even more unconventional!
Slightly pedantic, perhaps, but my understanding is that these were actually fitted with pans because, as the trains on the main Albula line got longer and longer, it was too much ETS all to be provided by the loco - it may have been more about the limits on what the ETS bus / cable could take, than about a limit on the ETS capability of the Ge 4/4 III, I suspect. So the pans were raised when in motion, not just when a loco was detached. I think they're not longer needed now, though (and in any event they've of course now got the AGZ sets on the Albula line anyway).The metre-gauge RhB in Switzerland has luggage cars with pantographs to supply power when locomotives are detached.
Or being fly-shunted, I've seen that.
Many years ago, CIÉ in Ireland had some "powered intermediate" diesel railcars that were gangwayed at both ends but lacked cabs, thus externally resembling an ordinary carriage. (They weren't built new but converted from units with cabs, including some rather ugly Bulleid-designed examples.) Apparently, these could run on their own for shunting purposes, driven from controls in one of the vestibules, which must have looked fairly odd.I did see a single carriage moving on it's own once in Brig - Switzerland, with no pant or diesel, some one told me that some trains had batteries to move short distances, I suppose it was shunting itself.