The Rhaetian Railway (RhB) in Switzerland and LGB have been working together for several decades. Today LGB fans can consider themselves lucky to find all passenger and freight locomotives in the RhB's main network in the LGB range. The foundation stone for the Rhaetian Railway was laid at LGB with the legendary Rhaetian crocodile. Today the LGB range of rolling stock based on the example of the Graubündner Bahn has grown significantly. Whether Ge 4/4 II, Ge 4/4 III, Ge 6/6 II or the latest Ge 4/4 I, the rolling stock for the local LGB railway is at least as “fascinatingly different” as the Rhaetian Railway in Switzerland itself. It is the diversity and the combination of historical and modern that make the RhB so special and attractive, both large and small.
Today, electric locomotives are in daily use at the Rhaetian Railway. But the RhB also has four steam locomotives of different designs. The G 4/5 107 and 108 as well as the G 3/4 11 “Heidi” are operational today. The fourth in the group and at the same time the oldest machine, the G 3/4 1 "RHÆTIA" - built in 1889 - has not been operational since 2014 and is currently shut down. All four steam locomotives mentioned have already been manufactured by LGB and are already making their rounds on many garden railways. To ensure that the RhB's first steam locomotive, the “RHÆTIA”, can be used again as soon as possible, LGB is giving a lot of support and has already donated to two different events in the past few years. LGB representatives were able to make an initial donation of 20,000 euros at the beginning of 2018, and at the end of 2020, LGB made a further donation of 20,000 euros.
In mid-March 2021, the "RHÆTIA" project group reported the very positive information that the donation target of 940,000 Swiss francs had been achieved and work should now start as soon as possible. We are extremely pleased that such a sum has come to Graubünden from almost all over the world in just two years. Congratulations! You can find a few impressions of the end of the fundraising campaign here: https://youtu.be/6k6hMJJwqEk
At the end of 2020, the Rhaetian Railway in Switzerland christened the first new multiple-unit multiple unit with the name “Piz Ela” as part of a small celebration in Filisur station. Of course, LGB did not miss this event and was also there. We wish the first ABe 4/16 3111 multiple unit a good journey through the Graubünden mountains all the time. Even if this four-part multiple unit is currently not in the LGB range, with the ALLEGRA we have a suitable three-part multiple unit on offer, which is now an operationally important vehicle for the RhB. More information from specialist retailers or online.
The LGB Glacier Express
Of course you will also find suitable cars in the LGB range, with which you can replicate a beautiful Glacier Express on your home system.
We guarantee you an unforgettable journey, lots of information about the region and the landscape as well as a unique experience. We hope you enjoy your LGB Glacier Express and ride the original. Further information on the Glacier Express can be found at www.glacier-express.ch
In 2021, our LGB anniversary locomotive “50 Years of LGB” will continue to be in service with the Rhaetian Railway in the LGB anniversary design. If you have not yet had the opportunity to experience the LGB locomotive live in Graubünden, you can do so now. The daily schedule of the LGB anniversary locomotive can be found here. We wish you a lot of success!