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Sunday Streamline #2: Churchill's Red Arrow

In 1930s, the Swiss Federal Railroad (SBB) decided to build the most unusual "flagship" - high-speed electric motor twin carriage. In 1938, two carriages of the SBB CLe 2/4 class (dubbed Roter Pfeil in German, i. e. "Red Arrow", also known as Fleche de Jura, i. e. "Jurassic Arrow") were rebuilt into two-unit RAe 4/8 train, christened Doppelpfeil(Double Arrow).

Presented at the National Exhibition in 1939, it was the fastest electric train in the world, reaching maximum speed of 150 km/h at 835 KW.

After WWII Winston Churchill used this train to make a short trip to the Lake Geneva (Lac Léman). Since then, the "Double Arrow" is known as Churchill-Pfeil. In 1953 two more Double Arrows were built for SBB, with "normalized" maximum speed of 125 km/h.

Churchill-Pfeilis still operative: restored and refitted in 1990s, it is available for festivals and charter runs.

And here's a "single" Arrow, also alive and kicking:

And a model:

Info: Wiki(DE)

Images: RailPictures.net, chrchr_75, hrs518942 (Martin Signer) @ Flickr

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Comment by lord_k on December 14, 2010 at 6:33am

Post restored 12.14.2010.

Comment by Larry on September 28, 2010 at 11:45am
This is a good example of how technology can compliment the natural surroundings rather than clash. There's an organic flow to the design of the Red Arrow.

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