Product Features and Details
Prototype: The first railway company in Switzerland was formed in 1836 with the intention of constructing a line from Basel to Zurich. However, financial problems resulted in the project being abandoned in 1841. The first actual stretch of railway track on Swiss territory was constructed in 1844 as part of the line from Strassburg to Basel.
The railway truly came to Switzerland in 1846, with the founding of the Nordbahn, which opened its line from Zurich to Baden in 1847 and quickly assumed its popular name "Spanisch-Broetli Bahn", derived from a local speciality of the bakeries in Baden.
110 Ec 2/5's were produced and most of them were built in 1858 by the Maschinenfabrik Esslingen, Many of the locomotives were given names a famous Swiss cities, the "Genf" entered service on the Schweizerische Centralbahn the same year. The locomotive saw regular service on trains from Basel to Bern and from Olten to Luzern until 1899. It was then used as steam generator at the Olten depot works and received a complete restoration in 1958 in order to haul the centenary train through the Hauenstein tunnel - after having pulled the inauguration train a 100 years before.Today, Genf is part of the exhibition at the National Transport Museum in Luzern as the oldest original motive power in Switzerland.
Model: Fulgurex will produce six versions of the Ec2/5's. All six versions have there own personality, they all have different smoke stacks, paint liveries and cab's. The "Genf" for instance has an open can design. These new models are stunning, they are handmade out of brass with extensive detail. Models are equipped with ESU lokpilot decoders and high efficency "Faulhaber" type motors. The Ec2/5's are extremley attractive little locomotives and they would make a nice addition to any collection. We expect delivery early part of January 2010.