SBB trains and their availability in N

Below I tried to put together a relatively complete list of Swiss Federal Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS) locomotives and complete trains, mostly built around or after 1950, as I'm more concerned with modern models myself. The idea is to track what has been built in N scale and what is still missing. If it has been built, who built it, in what variants, and is it still freely available, or very rare, or out of production and (almost) impossible to find. Thanks to Wikipedia and BahnBilder for the images, as well as several great resources on Swiss trains and their N scale counterparts, without which this would have been impossible:

Model Image N Scale Info Resources
Ae 8/14 Ae 8/14
ManufacturerPart NumberStatus
Fulgurex4207Out of Production
Fulgurex1136 "Landilok"Out of Production
Minitrix12426Out of Production
Minitrix12713 "Fine-Art Brass"Out of Production
[1], [2], [3]
Ae 4/6 Ae 4/6
ManufacturerPart NumberStatus
LematecN-009Out of Production
[1], [2]
Ae 6/6
Ae 610
Ae 6/6
ManufacturerPart NumberStatus
Fleischmann737201 green ChurOut of Production
Fleischmann737202 CargoOut of Production
Fleischmann737203 red AltdorfOut of Production
Fleischmann737204 green ObwaldenOut of Production
Fleischmann737205 red NeuchâtelOut of Production
Fleischmann737206 CargoOut of Production
Minitrix12723 green LuzernOut of Production
Minitrix12860 green Luzern (Kt.)Out of Production
Minitrix12936 green LuzernOut of Production
Minitrix12939 green BernOut of Production
Minitrix12967 red AltdorfOut of Production
Minitrix12968 red WaadtOut of Production
LematecN-012 red/greenOut of Production
[1], [2], [3], [4], [5]
Ce 6/8 II "Krokodil"
(Rework to Be 6/8 II)
Ce 6/8 II
ManufacturerPart NumberStatus
Arnold2463 greenOut of Production
Arnold2465 greenOut of Production
Arnold2466 greenOut of Production
Arnold2467 greenOut of Production
Arnold2469 greenOut of Production
Arnold2475 greenOut of Production
Arnold2478 greenOut of Production
Arnold32478 greenOut of Production
Arnold2468 brownOut of Production
Arnold2479 brownOut of Production
Arnold82468 brownOut of Production
Arnold32479 brownOut of Production
Arnold-HornbyHN2005 greenOut of Production
Arnold-HornbyHN2017 brownOut of Production
[1], [2], [3]
Ce 6/8 III "Krokodil"
(Rework to Be 6/8 III)
Ce 6/8 III
ManufacturerPart NumberStatus
Merker & Fischer2407 greenOut of Production
Minitrix12128 greenOut of Production
Minitrix12413 greenOut of Production
Minitrix12672 greenOut of Production
Minitrix12673 greenOut of Production
Minitrix12798 greenOut of Production
Minitrix12926 greenOut of Production
Minitrix12127 brownOut of Production
Minitrix12153 brownOut of Production
Minitrix12154 brownOut of Production
Minitrix12956 brownOut of Production
[1], [2], [3]
De 6/6 "Seetal-Krokodil" De 6/6 None [1], [2]
Re 4/4 I Re 4/4 I TODO [1], [2], [3]
Re 4/4 II
Re 420
Re 421
Re 420
ManufacturerPart NumberStatus
Fleischmann734001 TEEVery Small Availability
Fleischmann734002 redOut of Production
Fleischmann734003 CargoVery Small Availability
Fleischmann734008 greenOut of Production
Fleischmann734009 RailAdventureOut of Production
Fleischmann734076 ZVV LION Set 1Available
Fleischmann734077 ZVV LION Set 2Available
Fleischmann781602 Gottardo 2016Out of Production
[1], [2], [3], [4]
Re 4/4 III
Re 430
Re 4/4 III None [1], [2]
Re 4/4 IV
Re 440
Re 4/4 IV None [1], [2]
Re 450
4 parts, in use by:
SBB/ZVV, Sihltalbahn
Re 450
ManufacturerPart NumberStatus
Fleischmann7753, 8155, 8154, 8153 "DPZ (yellow doors)"Out of Production
Fleischmann775301, 815501, 815401, 815381 "DPZ new (red doors)"Out of Production
Fleischmann775302, 815502, 815402, 815382 "Sihltalbahn"Out of Production
Fleischmann775304, 815504, 815405, 815384 "ZVV"Very Small Availability
[1], [2]
Re 460 "Lok 2000" Re 460
ManufacturerPart NumberStatus
Fleischmann731302 Rotes KreuzAvailable
Fleischmann731404 NEATOut of Production
Fleischmann731306 Milch KuhOut of Production
Fleischmann731307 LokführerAvailable
Fleischmann731308 Maurice LacroixAvailable
Fleischmann731313 MigrosAnnounced
Fleischmann781603 Gottardo 2016Out of Production
Minitrix12662 Chi rimorchia di più?Out of Production
Minitrix12690 Märklin AlpaufzugOut of Production
Minitrix12693 Milch KuhOut of Production
Minitrix16761 Lok 2000Available
Minitrix16762 VSLFAvailable
Minitrix16763 MigrosAnnounced
Kato13709 Lok 2000Very Small Availability
Kato13709-24B Die PostOut of Production
Kato137112 LötschbergtunnelOut of Production
Kato137111 100 Jahre PostautoOut of Production
Kato137114 New LookVery Small Availability
Kato137115 Mit Zug Ins WallisOut of Production
[1], [2], [3], [4], [5]
Re 474 (Siemens ES64F4) Re 474
ManufacturerPart NumberStatus
[1], [2], [3]
Re 482 (Bombardier Traxx F140 AC1, F140 AC2) Re 482
ManufacturerPart NumberStatus
[1], [2], [3]
Re 484 (Bombardier Traxx F140 MS2) Re 484
ManufacturerPart NumberStatus
Arnold2325 Cisalpino-SetAvailable
Arnold2326 Cargo GottardoAvailable
Arnold2327 CargoAvailable
Minitrix11629 Cisalpino-SetAvailable
[1], [2], [3]
Re 6/6
Re 620
Re 620
ManufacturerPart NumberStatus
Kato10161 redOut of Production
Kato10173 greenAnnounced
Kato10174 redAnnounced
Kato10175 CargoAnnounced
Kato10176 XrailAnnounced
[1], [2], [3], [4]
RABDe 12/12
RABDe 510
3 parts
Mirage None [1]
RBDe 4/4 "NPZ"
RBDe 560 "NPZ Domino"
4 parts
ManufacturerPart NumberStatus
Minitrain163916Out of Production
[1], [2]
RABDe 8/16
RABDe 511
4 parts
Chiquita None [1]
RABDe 500 "ICN"
7 parts
ManufacturerPart NumberStatus
MD TrainsSBB-ICN-completoAvailable
[1], [2], [3]
ETR 470 "Cisalpino"
9 parts
ETR 470
ManufacturerPart NumberStatus
MD TrainsSBB-ETR470-completoAvailable
ETR 610
RABe 503
7 parts
ETR 610
ManufacturerPart NumberStatus
MD TrainsSBB-ETR610-completoAvailable
Stadler KISS (prev. DOSTO)
SBB RABe 511 "Regio-Dosto/RVD"
4 or 6 parts
4 parts
ManufacturerPart NumberStatus
MD TrainsBLS-MUTZ-completoAvailable
Siemens Desiro Double Deck
RABe 514 "DTZ"
4 parts
DTZ None [1], [2]
Stadler GTW 2/8
SBB RABe 520
Thurbo RABe 526
3 parts
Thurbo GTW 2/8
ManufacturerPart NumberStatus
Piko40226 BLSAvailable
[1], [2], [3], [4]
Stadler GTW 2/6
Thurbo RABe 526
2 parts
Thurbo GTW 2/6
ManufacturerPart NumberStatus
Piko40221 BLSAvailable
Piko40225 ThurboAvailable
[1], [2], [3]
Stadler FLIRT
SBB RABe 521 "Regio Basel"
SBB RABe 522 "Genf"
SBB RABe 523 "S-Bahn Zug, Aargau, Luzern"
SOB RABe 526 "S-Bahn Zürich, St. Gallen"
Thurbo RABe 526
4 parts
6 parts for TILO
ManufacturerPart NumberStatus
Liliput163990 Regio BaselOut of Production
Liliput163991 S-Bahn ZugOut of Production
Liliput163992 SeehasOut of Production
Liliput163993 La VeveyseOut of Production
Liliput163994 Regio BaselAvailable
[1], [2], [3], [4]
RAe 4/8 1021 "Churchill-Pfeil" Churchill-Pfeil
ManufacturerPart NumberStatus
Fulgurex1147Out of Production
[1], [2], [3]
CLe 2/4
RAe 2/4
ManufacturerPart NumberStatus
Fulgurex1152Out of Production
Hobbytrain2640Out of Production
Hobbytrain2642 with Ski-TrailerOut of Production
Hobbytrain2643Out of Production
Hobbytrain2644Out of Production
Hobbytrain2646 with Ski-TrailerVery Small Availability
[1], [2], [3]
RABe EC "Graue Maus"
6 parts
EC Graue Maus
ManufacturerPart NumberStatus
Kato11406 EC "Graue Maus"Out of Production
[1], [2], [3], [4]
TGV Lyria (POS)
10 parts
TGV Lyria
ManufacturerPart NumberStatus
BDe 4/4 BDe 4/4
ManufacturerPart NumberStatus
[1], [2], [3]
RBe 4/4
RBe 540
RBe 4/4
RBe 540
None [1], [2]
Bm 6/6 Bm 6/6 None [1], [2], [3]
Bm 4/4 Bm 4/4
ManufacturerPart NumberStatus
[1], [2], [3]
Am 840
Vossloh G2000BB
Am 840
ManufacturerPart NumberStatus
[1], [2]
Am 841 Am 841 None [1], [2], [3]
Am 842
Vossloh G1000BB
MaK G1204BB
Am 842 Vossloh
ManufacturerPart NumberStatus
Minitrix12352 Vossloh G1000BBOut of Production
[1], [2], [3]
Am 843 Am 843
ManufacturerPart NumberStatus
Hobbytrain2943 SBB CargoAnnounced
Hobbytrain2944 BLSAnnounced
[1], [2], [3]
Ee 922 Ee 922
ManufacturerPart NumberStatus
HAG8012009 (set of two)Announced
Ee 923 Ee 923 None [1]
Ee 3/3 Ee 3/3
ManufacturerPart NumberStatus
Arnold-HornbyHN2013Out of Production
[1], [2], [3], [4]
Ee 3/3 IV
Ee 934
Ee 934 None [1], [2]
Tm 235 Tm 235 None [1]
Tm 234 Tm 234 None [1]
Tm 232
Tm 232
ManufacturerPart NumberStatus
Pirata2130 redAnnounced
Pirata2131 CargoAnnounced
[1], [2]
Tm 232
Tm 232
None [1], [2]
Tm III (Yard) Tm III (Yard) None [1]
ManufacturerPart NumberStatus
Arnold-HornbyHN2014 #740Available
[1], [2]
Tm I Tm I None [1]
None [1], [2]

Posted by Luca Longinotti on 18 Oct 2016 at 23:00
Categories: NTrains Comments

Bauma, Platform der Kleinserie

Yesterday I went to Bauma, a small village in the canton of Zürich, where yearly in October the "Platform der Kleinserie" takes place. It's the premier fair in Switzerland for small producers of model trains in any scale, as well as all types of accessories. Mostly high-quality brass models or other small production or limited edition series can be found here. As usual, the N scale was not that well represented, H0 clearly had most exhibitors and customers, with 0 and 1 also having a significant following. I had two main goals when walking out of my home that morning:

I managed to do both successfully. The signals by Microscale are really well made, I'll definitely order them there when I get to the point where I do need signals.

I also had a very nice conversation with Dario Morciano from MD Trains, it helped a lot that we both spoke italian. His trains are beautifully made, on an order-by-order basis, there are maybe 20 ICNs currently worldwide. Everything was truly lovely, also the models of the SBB ETR 610, the ETR 470, and the BLS MUTZ were amazing. All train compositions that a lot of people in the N scale communities I know of have been waiting for for years. The price may be off-putting for many people, this kind of precision, hand-made small production work is very expensive. I'd say about twice what one of the big manufacturers would sell such trains at, if they ever get to actually producing them, but that doesn't seem to be the case. For me, it was a more than acceptable price given the quality and the opportunity to have an SBB ICN cruising on my layout, sometimes next year.

Posted by Luca Longinotti on 16 Oct 2016 at 18:00
Categories: NTrains Comments

UP Big Blow in N scale

Towards the end of 2015, when I was looking at which big engines were even available in N scale, I found out about the beautiful Union Pacific GTELs. Sadly, nobody was producing them. Only H0 scale. So imagine my positive surprise when I ran that search again this week and found out that the guys behind the H0 version also announced an N scale version! I've already pre-ordered engine #14 at ScaleTrains, yay! If you like big american engines, check those guys out. It looks amazing! They've also recently released a documentary about making model trains from the producer's view, take a look!

Posted by Luca Longinotti on 06 Oct 2016 at 18:00
Categories: NTrains Comments

Building the frame

So, first thing that had to be built: the frame. I decided on wood, as it's much easier to work with "at home" than metal/aluminium supports. I went for 12mm thick high-quality birch plywood, as that was the best I could get from my local retailer Migros DoIt. I wanted resistant, heavy wood, so as to avoid deformations. The construction is carried by five thick (7cm) slats, each with a wheel on the underside, so that the whole frame can be moved around the room, and it's thus easily possible to access the backside of the whole layout, which also means I can actually use that space. I early on decided to add a fifth slat in the center, to help support the weigth and avoid any deformation of the cross-bars. Every cross-bar (4-5cm thick) is connected to the main slats as well as each-other through steel angle brackets or T brackets. First, I had to smooth all the wood I bought; especially the slats were very raw. It just looks better, and splinters are always unwelcome. Given that we don't have any public space here to do this kind of work, I did it inside the room. It worked out fine by covering everything and leaving the windows open, but still turned out to be a little bit more of a mess than initially thought. I so wish apartment buildings would have communal spaces with work benches and air filtration for handcraft, like you have communal washing rooms or cellars. Maybe new constructions way outside my price range do have that. I then assembled the cross-bars for the first two levels, as well as the five vertical slats, and then put everything together. Had to put a lot of thought into the length of the screws, so that they wouldn't touch each-other inside of the wood. The battery-powered drill with screw setting proved to be incredibly useful. Each level's base is made up of two plywood planes (1.20 x 1.15 m), as having one big plane would have been impossible to transport and get into the elevator. They are screwed onto the supporting cross-bars. The level 1 plane has, as you can see, a circular hole; that's to hold the turntable. The lowest level sits at 80cm from the floor, allowing easy access from below. Level 2 is 39cm above it to allow a nice view into it, with Level 3 another 14cm up. The much smaller height between levels 2 and 3 is because you don't need an expansive view of level 2, only the front-most part with the replica of the S-Bahn Zürich station is of any interest, the back two thirds are only there to allow the trains to go round and round. For now only the full planes for level 1 are attached. Once level 1 is complete, including the spiral going from level to level, the planes for level 2 can be inserted. And once level 2 is done, the cross-bars for level 3 and its planes can finally be added too. Level after level, going upwards, seemed like the natural way to build this over time.

Posted by Luca Longinotti on 04 Oct 2016 at 18:00
Categories: NTrains Comments

Planning the track layout

So, the first step should always be planning. And in the case of model layouts, shape and size are the first things to be determined. In the newly empty room, I could dedicate a rectangular surface of about 2.30 x 1.20 meters to my hobby. While more than twice the size of my very first layout in 1999, which stood at 1.20 x 0.90 meters, this is not incredibly big, only about 2.8 square meters in which to play. Also the new layout requires much larger curve radiuses, due to most of my rolling stock being big locomotives (Big Boy, DDA40X, Ae 8/14). And everything runs better on bigger radiuses, always. And they're usually more realistic. Further, I've always wanted a turntable, so there would have to be space for it somewhere. And that thing occupies a lot of space. So I quickly decided to go 3D and add multiple levels, to maximize efficient space usage: - Level 1 is going to be the staging area. It will have the turntable and space to leave the trains when not in use, as well as some way to turn them around (a loop). - Level 2 is an idea I had, to put in something extra, and try to recreate the underground S-Bahn station found in Zürich HB, probably the single train station I've frequented the most in my life. From a track layout point-of-view very simple, but rebuilding the actual decor will provide to be quite a challenge. Also getting the right rolling stock has not been easy at all. - Level 3, on top, will be a "normal" fantasy layout, with stations, mountains, houses, and so on. There will be a rack railway going up the mountain(s). Now that the main idea and concepts were decided on, the detailed planning had to happen: which tracks are laid out exactly where?, how do we go from one level to another?, slopes?. As a kid I did try out different track layouts using a computer software called Raily, so I knew that software to do this existed, and in the last 15 years it could only have gotten better (at least I hoped so!). Indeed, several pieces of software do exist, but most are commercial-only or have, to me, weird interfaces. On the freeware market, two stood out: XTrackCAD and SCARM. In the end I decided to use SCARM, as it had a, to me, much more intuitive and simple to use interface for the kind of things I wanted to do. XTrackCAD has the advantage of being cross-platform and running even on Linux, but starting a Windows VM to run SCARM was just so much easier to get started with. In the end I managed to finalize Levels 1 and 2 easily, with a spiral loop connecting all three levels. Level 3 is still fluid, but at the current pace of building I have at least another year to think about it. I'll expand on the Level 1 design in another post.

Posted by Luca Longinotti on 02 Oct 2016 at 18:00
Categories: NTrains Comments

Finally an update!

The last post was in 2013, and the one before that inaugurated 2012 with a "Happy New Year!". That's several Happy New Year's since then, and much has changed in the meantime.

I moved from Dietikon to Zürich in 2014. New apartment, new roommates. I completed my Bachelor's degree in Informatics, Software-Systems in 2015. Finally.

I started working for a great company in 2013, iniLabs Ltd., a spin-off from the Institute of Neuroinformatics (INI) here at the University of Zürich, that works on neuromorphic hardware, specifically bio-inspired vision sensors. Had the opportunity to work with IBM's TrueNorth development team on integrating the sensors with their platform in 2013-2014 as part of the DARPA SyNAPSE project. Met lots of great people, went several times to California (US), partecipated in the 2015 Telluride (Colorado, US) Neuromorphic Engineering Workshop, met even more awesome people. Two fun years working on embedded hardware, low-level C libraries, VHDL FPGA logic and Java GUIs, everything I ever wanted. And it's all set to continue, as we're currently expanding our offering of neuromorphic devices.

On the open-source front, I started contributing to usb4java in July 2013 due to my work at iniLabs, where we use it extensively in the jAER project to talk to the vision sensors in a performant and platform-independant way, as well as in the Flashy project, a tool to update firmware and logic on our sensor devices. Also almost all of the code I've worked on is available openly from the jAER project or the iniLabs GitHub pages. In 2013 I moved my own projects from self-hosted SVN to Git & GitHub, including the source for this blog. Great service.

After over a decade of self-hosting, I moved everything over to Google Apps. Very happy with not having to care about any of that anymore, I just didn't have the time for server maintainance.

Photos of San Francisco, Colorado, New York, Yellowstone, London and other places I visited can be found in the new gallery, powered by Google Drive. I took most of them during the 2015 road-trip through central US with my good friend Diederik Moeys, a PhD here at INI.

I've gone through all the pages in the blog here and updated them, so they should reflect current reality better. I'm hoping to keep the blog more up-to-date in the future. I've promised myself I'd use it to document the resurrection of my oldest hobby: N-scale model trains. More on that soon.

Posted by Luca Longinotti on 01 Oct 2016 at 18:00
Categories: Website, UZH, NTrains, usb4java, Trips, Longi, iniLabs, Software Comments

Hardware to sell!

Here some old hardware I have to sell, everything should still work, but there's no guarantee!

  • Texas Instruments, "Voyage 200 Calculator" (good condition, cables+manuals+batteries, tested) (100 CHF)
  • Huawei, "HSDPA USB Modem E220" (5 CHF)

(Update: the above are the only two things I'm keeping around or haven't sold yet. Contact me!)

Posted by Luca Longinotti on 29 Mar 2013 at 09:48
Categories: Hardware, Longi Comments

An even more secure SSH

First post of 2012, so let's start off with a "Happy New Year!" to everyone.
On an even happier note, I just got word that I passed all my exams. :-)

Now the real topic of this post is SSH, more specifically how to make your SSH connections even more secure than they already are. OpenSSH by default prefers slightly less strong cryptographic algorithms (like AES128 is preferred to AES256), and for its HMAC it still prefers MD5-based HMACs, which, while still kinda secure, are clearly less secure than the SHA2-512 based ones, for which OpenSSH added support in the 5.9 release.
Assuming you're running OpenSSH >=5.9 everywhere, like in my setup, configure your sshd's as following, so that they will only offer the most secure known algorithms in their strongest variants first. This will also only offer SSH protocol 2, as well as set some other miscellaneous login-related settings and make the server check periodically that clients are alive, and if not, terminate the connection.

Protocol 2
LoginGraceTime 1m
PermitRootLogin no
StrictModes yes
MaxAuthTries 3
MaxSessions 5
ClientAliveCountMax 3
ClientAliveInterval 5
Ciphers aes256-ctr,aes192-ctr,aes128-ctr
KexAlgorithms ecdh-sha2-nistp521,ecdh-sha2-nistp384,ecdh-sha2-nistp256
MACs hmac-sha2-512,hmac-sha2-256

Configure your SSH client as follows to only connect to sshd's using secure algorithms, again trying the strongest first. This also enables SSH protocol 2 only, periodically checks that the server is alive (especially useful with sshfs and its '-o reconnect' flag, when working over unstable links like wireless). It further lowers the amount of data needed for a rekey, default would usually be between 1G and 4G.
Note that I had to split up some lines for better readability on the blog, you can notice those by the increased indentation, just always make sure everything is on one line!

Host *
  Protocol 2
  ServerAliveCountMax 2
  ServerAliveInterval 4
  Ciphers aes256-ctr,aes192-ctr,aes128-ctr,arcfour256,aes256-cbc
  KexAlgorithms ecdh-sha2-nistp521,ecdh-sha2-nistp384,ecdh-sha2-nistp256,
  MACs hmac-sha2-512,hmac-sha2-256,hmac-md5,hmac-sha1
  RekeyLimit 512M

Given both the server and client running OpenSSH >=5.9 and being configured correctly, you get an SSH connection using AES256-CTR as cipher, exchanging keys using ECDH-SHA2-NISTP521, and using HMAC-SHA2-512 for integrity checking. Basically AES-256 and SHA2-512 everywhere, which, as far as I know, are state-of-the-art in their respective application domains and still considered very secure.
Hope this helps increasing security, as well as reliability (the Alive options especially with sshfs).

Posted by Luca Longinotti on 16 Feb 2012 at 15:00
Categories: Longi, Gentoo, Software Comments

Military absence 14.11-09.12.2011

Just a general notice that I'll be absent from 14.11 to 09.12.2011 because of military service.
If you want to get in contact with me, write me an e-mail, I'll try to check those at least daily, or, if it's really urgent, write me an SMS, just don't expect a reply right away.
I'll see you all in a month!

Posted by Luca Longinotti on 12 Nov 2011 at 21:04
Categories: Longi Comments

New blog based on Blogofile

As some of you may have noticed already, my blog suddenly looks very different.
I've abandoned Serendipity in favor of Blogofile, which is a Python-based static-site generator. This means I write posts as text-files, they get processed, merged with templates, HTML gets generated, and a fully static site is the result. In fact the only dynamic thing remaining are the comments, which are now powered by Disqus over JavaScript. This allowed me to ditch PHP and MySQL, and reduce the load on the server quite a bit. Search is powered by Google. I've also overhauled the template to look nicer and be fully XHTML 1.0 Strict compliant. Thanks to Free CSS Templates for the design!
I've also added a few more parts to the site, now it's not only a pure blog, there's a welcoming page, one about UZH and one about me. As well as a better media gallery. Everything is available via HTTPS, as usual. At the bottom I link to my projects, as well as interesting blogs I follow.
If you find anything not working, be it a link or post, please tell me right away, so I can fix it, thanks!

UPDATE: I've written an ebuild for Blogofile, you can get it from my overlay. It pulls in all required dependencies to run. For my own blog, I also needed dev-python/imaging for the gallery controller.

Posted by Luca Longinotti on 09 Nov 2011 at 20:00
Categories: Website, Gentoo Comments

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