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BLS Cargo Traxx AC1  
in short
1st order

In 2001, the BLS Lötschbergbahn AG decided to order ten Traxx locomotives for its freight division. With these machines the company mingled in the ever more internationalizing European market for freight transport. The locomotives of BLS Cargo, with Swiss designation Re 485, are technical identical to the Re 482 series of SBB Cargo and DB Schenker’s 185 series machines with additional Swiss package. This means they are fitted with cameras, two additional pantographs with small 1450mm contacts, because these are required for running through Swiss tunnel systems. Next to the German safety and signalling systems also Swiss Integra and ZUB262 systems are on board. In December 2002 the very first machine was delivered to BLS Cargo, painted in a distinct green and grey livery, with a slogan which communicates exactly what BLS Cargo was, and still is, striving for; Connecting Europe. Interesting details is that for example the blue service numbers upfront reflect light, so also by night these machines can make a remarkable appearance.

 
10 locomotives
order date unknown
delivery period 12.2002 - 05.2003
homologated for Switzerland and Germany
> designation Re 485 001-010
 
2nd order
10 locomotives
order date unknown
delivery period 06.2004 - 12.2004
homologated for Switzerland and Germany
> designation Re 485 011-020
 
operator official website:
http://www.bls-cargo.ch
Bombardier official website:
http://www.transportation.bombardier.com
 
   
BLS Cargo Traxx AC1: news  
open news
2015-08-13 [AT] BLS Cargo 485 003 testing with 187 009
open news
2014-12-22 [EU] Also BLS is searching for new locomotives
open news
2013-08-23 [NL/DE/CH/IT] BLS Cargo and railCare exchange locomotives [editedx2]
open news
2013-08-22 [CH] Traxx Last Mile in combination with BLS 485/486 series
open news
2013-04-04 [CH] DB Schenker over the Gotthard with SBB Cargo instead of BLS Cargo
open news
2008-07-07 [CH] 485 003 - BLS Cargo: die Alpinisten
BLS Cargo Traxx AC1: Fleet developments  
The Re 485 series locomotives are used for transalp services which BLS Cargo has set up in cooperation with German operator DB Schenker and Italian logistics company Ambrogio. The BLS Cargo machines are often used in mixed services with the red DB Schenker 185 series locomotives and do visit Germany on a regular basis.

Since 2002 many things have changed. The number of services operated by BLS Cargo increased and in 2004 therefore ten additional locomotives were ordered. Untill these were delivered the fleet was already extended on a temporary basis by leasing some similar locomotives from Angel Trains Cargo; 185 525-527 however returned to their owner when the second batch started commercial services.

In June 2006 BLS Lötschbergbahn AG merged with another operator from Switzerland, Regionalverkerh Mittelland (RM), and the BLS AG was born. This did not affect the Re 485 series and its services. Transport volumes however kept on growing and in 2006 again additional machines had to be leased from Angel Trains Cargo; this time 185 525, 527, 535, 536, 576 and 577 were incorporated into the BLS Cargo fleet.

In 2007 therefore BLS decided to order a third batch of modern electrics, but this time the company decided to purchase a multi-system version of Bombardier’s Traxx platform. These machines, the designated Re 486.5 series have their separate section on this website.

In June 2008 DB Schenker, since the beginning of the cooperation with BLS Cargo also stakeholder of the operator, announced that had increased its share in the company form 25% to 40%. The German operator is also fortifying its position on the transalp freight market.

BLS Cargo Traxx AC1: Livery details  
In the mean time BLS Cargo also started to retrofit all its Re 485 series machines with the European signalling and safety system ETCS level 2.

Re 485 011 was baptised 'Weil am Rhein on 23.04.2008. Re 485 001 and 012 is decorated with huge ‘stamps’ on both cab ends. These special stamps, of course on a more practical scale, were published by the Swiss post to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the BLS.

In July 2008, 485 003 was the first machine that switched its standard livery for a version with some promotional vinyls; BLS Cargo: die Alpinisten. It was also the first machine of its type carrying a up to date UIC service number.

BLS Cargo Traxx AC1: Select your Locomotive:  
Bombardier 33517 2002 TRAXX F140 AC1 Bo'Bo'-el 485 001-2 24 picture(s) available   revision data available    
Bombardier 33543 2003 TRAXX F140 AC1 Bo'Bo'-el 485 002-0 16 picture(s) available   revision data available    
Bombardier 33548 2003 TRAXX F140 AC1 Bo'Bo'-el 485 003-8 18 picture(s) available   revision data available graphics available  
Bombardier 33549 2003 TRAXX F140 AC1 Bo'Bo'-el 485 004-6 17 picture(s) available   revision data available    
Bombardier 33551 2003 TRAXX F140 AC1 Bo'Bo'-el 485 005-3 13 picture(s) available   revision data available    
Bombardier 33553 2003 TRAXX F140 AC1 Bo'Bo'-el 485 006-1 18 picture(s) available   revision data available    
Bombardier 33555 2003 TRAXX F140 AC1 Bo'Bo'-el 485 007-9 14 picture(s) available   revision data available    
Bombardier 33557 2003 TRAXX F140 AC1 Bo'Bo'-el 485 008-7 29 picture(s) available   revision data available    
Bombardier 33559 2003 TRAXX F140 AC1 Bo'Bo'-el 485 009-5 25 picture(s) available   revision data available    
Bombardier 33561 2003 TRAXX F140 AC1 Bo'Bo'-el 485 010-3 16 picture(s) available   revision data available    
Bombardier 33646 2004 TRAXX F140 AC1 Bo'Bo'-el 485 011-1 15 picture(s) available   revision data available    
Bombardier 33649 2004 TRAXX F140 AC1 Bo'Bo'-el 485 012-9 23 picture(s) available   revision data available    
Bombardier 33673 2004 TRAXX F140 AC1 Bo'Bo'-el 485 013-7 10 picture(s) available   revision data available    
Bombardier 33675 2004 TRAXX F140 AC1 Bo'Bo'-el 485 014-5 14 picture(s) available   revision data available    
Bombardier 33681 2004 TRAXX F140 AC1 Bo'Bo'-el 485 015-2 14 picture(s) available   revision data available    
Bombardier 33685 2004 TRAXX F140 AC1 Bo'Bo'-el 485 016-0 19 picture(s) available   revision data available    
Bombardier 33686 2004 TRAXX F140 AC1 Bo'Bo'-el 485 017-8 13 picture(s) available   revision data available    
Bombardier 33688 2004 TRAXX F140 AC1 Bo'Bo'-el 485 018-6 13 picture(s) available   revision data available    
Bombardier 33692 2004 TRAXX F140 AC1 Bo'Bo'-el 485 019-4 22 picture(s) available   revision data available    
Bombardier 33696 2004 TRAXX F140 AC1 Bo'Bo'-el 485 020-2 16 picture(s) available   revision data available