[CH] Arrival of the first new Be 4/8 for LEB [updated]

Stadler’s narrow gauge division has begun delivery of new three-car EMUs to Chemin de fer Lausanne-Echallens-Bercher (LEB). Here are some impressions of the first trainset being unloaded.

We thank Olivier Vietti-Violi for sending us his pictures of the unloading procedure. Check out his Flickr profile for more transport pictures. The article was first published on 14.08.2019 and updated on 19.08.2019 with revised information and 1 new picture added (scroll down to view it).

Convoi Exceptionnel

The first unit of the series was transported to Lausanne in a ‘Convoi Exceptionnel’ with a special Mercedes Actros truck. It was then transferred to LEB’s Echallens depot.

LEB’s Be 4/8 61 being unloaded at Lausanne Montétan 25.07.2019 Photo: Olivier Vietti-Violi

The order

According to Bahnonline.ch, LEB ordered six such trainsets in 2017. Designated as type Be 4/8, they will further strengthen LEB’s fleet, which already features Stadler-built GTW 2-car railcars (RBe 4/8 series).

LEB’s Be 4/8 61 being unloaded at Lausanne Montétan 25.07.2019 Photo: Olivier Vietti-Violi

Update: 19.08.2019

We are adding a daylight picture of the trainset by Michael Krahenbuhl. He captured it in Renens (CH):

LEB’s Be 4/8 61 in Renens Photo: Michael Krahenbuhl

Edited: About Stadler’s articulated narrow gauge EMUs with Jacobs bogies

Stadler has already delivered narrow gauge trains in a design similar to those of other Swiss customers, such as Appenzeller Bahnen and Berner-Oberland-Bahnen. While their specific configuration varies according to the the client’s needs, they are all low-floor, feature the same cab design, and use Jacobs bogies, as well as other shared elements.

Furthermore, the LEB Be 4/8 represents the latest version of Stadler’s Taylor-made narrow gauge EMU. The same design has also been used for the ‘Worbla’ EMUs for Regionalverkehr Bern-Solothurn (although with totally different, custom-made cabs), which we saw at the InnoTrans trade fair in 2018. Railcolor News has previously brought you the following articles focusing on trains from the same platform:

[CH] Appenzeller Bahnen: new narrow gauge EMUs under construction

[CH / Expert] Berner-Oberland-Bahnen puts new EMUs into service

[CH / Expert] InnoTrans 2018: The Worbla for RBS