The locomotive 'Bernina'
On 7 March 2012, the 'Bernina' was sent into well-earned retirement. However, that doesn't necessarily mean a quiet life for this locomotive, which was constructed in 1947. On the contrary, the "old lady" is spending her retirement at the Swiss Museum of Transport in Lucerne. A fitting final assignment for a locomotive that can look back on an exciting life.
The Rhaetian Railway loaned the 'Bernina' to the Transport Museum for five years in 2012. However, this is nothing compared with the 66 years that the locomotive has already clocked up. During her career, the 'Bernina' covered a total distance of over six million kilometres – with 1,600 horsepower and a weight of 47 tons. The locomotive was not the only one of its kind: between 1947 and 1953 the RhB purchased ten type Ge 4/4 l locomotives bearing the serial numbers 601 to 610.
Classic locomotives on the RhB network
For several decades, the 'Bernina' and her sisters dominated the scene, supplementing the fleet of engines of the RhB, which until then had been largely comprised of the legendary 'Crocodiles' dating from the 1920s. The Ge 4/4 I No. 602 'Bernina' will be on display at the Transport Museum until 2017. Her sister 'Badus' (serial number 603) has been sent even further afield and is now exhibited at the Rail- way Park Augsburg in Germany. Still in service are the 'Silvretta' (605) and the 'Viamala' (610). In 2013, these veterans continue to operate on the railway network of the Swiss canton of Graubünden.