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Freight wagons and coaches of the CFTR
During summer time, our association uses its wagons approximately in the same manner. In the case of a rush, further coach or coashes can be added to the train to adapt the capacity. But the total number of visitors is limited by the boat and amounts to 250.
Our austrian Donnerbüchse are every summer on the road to the pleasure our visitors!
- Photo S.Kieffer, août 97 -
Our train consists of a swiss kind of caboose, a swiss wagon from type "spoutnik" N°29285 with large platforms and some austrian so-called "Donnerbuchsen" (word-for-word "Stormbox"). The name emphasises the fact that these passenger cars had no sound insulation!
The 8 Donnerbuchsen of our Association CFTR, au nombre de 8, are numberd 39583, 39715, 39748, 39922 39931, 39933, 39946, 39948 and were built in 1928 for the "Österreichische Bundesbahnen" (ÖBB) wjich use them until... 1983!.
First only two of them could be purchsed in 1983 because the ÖBB didn't want to donate these. But a train can't consist of only two coaches and the volunteer who was in Charge in that time could argue so good that 8 cars could be purchased! Now the second stage could begin: transport them from Austria to Alsace. Without the precious help of our swiss member, it's now clear that these coaches wouldn't have been preserved.
It was decided very early that some drinks should be offered to the visitors in the train. That's why a dining car was necessary and for this purpose, some power unit was necessary which then has been placed in the swiss caboose. The train was now electrified. Later on the train was equiped with loudspeakers to be able to inform the visitors during the trip. The project was sponsored by the companies Wrigley, Gerriets et Staral.
Blueprint of the swiss caboose.
The swiss caboose at our depot, april 2001 (Picture: Sébastien Kieffer)
The swiss plattform coach Spoutnik, april 2001 (Picture: Sébastien Kieffer)
For other purpose, our association owned since 2019 2 swiss built coaches ABI with trucks (i.e very comfortable) and using roller bearings with very low friction. They were never used on a regular base but only when a customer was booking a train on special occasions (wedding or so). One of the coaches was equiped with a bar, which is the bar of the TGV Paris-Sud-Est N°68 (the one who realized the world record of speed in 1981)! They wear both city arms, the one from the city of Freiburg, the other of Sasbach, which was in the past the landing place on the german side where the german visitors could board, before the organization change in 2005.
These coaches have now been sold to the Conifer and the first has been transfered in 2019 when the GE4032 has been acquired. The next one will should have been transfered in 2020 but at the moment (2020) the date is not sure.
The swiss coaches at the dépôt on january of 2001 (Picture: Sébastien Kieffer)
Ou association houses other wood wagons, some of them are more than 120 years old and come from the former railway company Paris-Lyon-Marseille. Here is the listing of hem:
One of our boxcars from the PLM, very well-known for its role during WWII, april 2007 (Picutre: Sébastien Kieffer)
Our post-coach is based in the station of Volgelsheim. Here is an exhibition about postal work, april 2001 (Picture: Sébastien Kieffer)