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World’s Strongest Electric Train Chugs Through Swiss Alps with Over 10,000 Horsepower

Posted By Molly Cotter On September 28, 2011 @ 1:57 pm In Green Transportation,Innovation,News | No Comments

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The Gotthardbahn rail line running from Luzern, Switzerland [1]all the way to Chiasso, Italy [2] is one of Europe’s most important and treacherous railways [3]. Climbing up, down, and around some of the continent’s highest summits [4], the Re 620 electric locomotive has been built to pull freight [5] through just about any circumstance with its over 10,000 horsepower.

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Considered the most modern [7] of the Gotthard locomotives, the Re 620 can climb from zero to 60 miles per hour in 5.8 seconds –only a few fractions behind Jaguar’s new luxury electric coupe [8]. Armed with 88 engines and 10,500 horsepower [9], the train can pull up to 800 tons throughout varying gradients and inclines [10]. For heavier loads up to 1,300 tons, a smaller four-axle electric engine [11] is placed behind the main engine to boost [12] power.

Built between 1975 and 1980, the Re 620 is a veteran to the Gotthardbahn terrain. The first two prototypes [13] of the train were built uniquely with split body joints [14] that only moved on a horizontal [15] axis instead of vertical. Though the design did help adjust to changes in incline, the following two models were given secondary suspensions [16] that worked just as well and have been used throughout the entire Re series ever since. The historic [17] locomotives are so powerful and efficient [18], all but one of the 89 total built are still running today.

Via Gizmodo [19]

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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/worlds-strongest-electric-train-chugs-through-swiss-alps-with-over-10000-horsepower/re-620-electric-train2/

[2] Italy: http://inhabitat.com/colossal-green-volcano-rises-in-italy/

[3] railways: http://inhabitat.com/europes-grass-lined-green-railways-good-urban-design/

[4] highest summits: http://inhabitat.com/gorgeous-glass-visitors-center-rises-at-the-foot-of-troll-wall-cliff-in-norway/

[5] freight: http://inhabitat.com/chinas-high-speed-rail-expansion-across-asia-and-europe-now-in-progress/

[6] Image: http://inhabitat.com/worlds-strongest-electric-train-chugs-through-swiss-alps-with-over-10000-horsepower/re-620-electric-train3/

[7] modern: http://inhabitat.com/modern-colorful-and-creative-shipping-container-home-in-houston/

[8] luxury electric coupe: http://inhabitat.com/jaguar-reveals-its-hybrid-c-x16-retro-coupe-at-the-frankfurt-motor-show/

[9] horsepower: http://inhabitat.com/rimac-concept-one-croatia-quietly-builds-a-1000-horsepower-electric-supercar/

[10] inclines: http://inhabitat.com/stunning-swiss-house-is-buried-under-the-earth/

[11] electric engine: http://inhabitat.com/top-5-green-concept-cars-from-the-frankfurt-car-show/

[12] boost: http://inhabitat.com/mit-uses-carbon-nanotubes-to-boost-lithium-battery-power-10x/

[13] prototypes: http://inhabitat.com/trexa-unveils-new-enertube-prototype/

[14] joints: http://inhabitat.com/nyc/high-line-structural-engineering-elevating-the-design-of-new-yorks-preserved-rail/high-line-structure-expansion-joints-planks-2/

[15] horizontal: http://inhabitat.com/steven-holl-architects-win-coveted-2011-american-architecture-award-2011-for-their-horizontal-skyscraper/

[16] suspensions: http://inhabitat.com/marc-swestons-touch-effect-concept-is-made-of-synthetic-muscle-and-bone/

[17] historic: http://inhabitat.com/nyc/last-surviving-ellis-island-ferry-transformed-into-historic-houseboat/

[18] efficient: http://inhabitat.com/researchers-studying-how-to-increase-fuel-efficiency-by-changing-our-behavior/

[19] Gizmodo: http://gizmodo.com/5843725/the-worlds-strongest-electric-train-with-10500hp-of-rawr

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