Rhaetia 1
The Project

The existing fund-raising campaign up to now

The Club Dampffreunde der RhB (club steam friends of RhB), founded in 1977, is campaigning for the abandoned RHÆTIA since 2015. The club members, in an imaginary concerted action, have „sold“ almost all parts of the steam boiler. Following the sale of 123 boiler tubes, 66 back bolts and 104 rivets, as well as through the still continuing sale of the 290 stud bolts about 145.000 CHF have meanwhile been added to the fund-raising account.

Following this the original target of 35.000 CHF for an initial start-up financing of the cost estimate carried out by RhB has successfully been surpassed.

The Project

Since 2017 the Club Dampffreunde der RhB enjoys active support on the fund-raising campaign by Club 1889 and historic RhB. The two clubs, together with the umbrella organization, founded the „Project Group RHÆTIA“. The project group is represented and coordinated by the Club Dampffreunde der RhB, in addition it is coaching the existing homepage. The Club 1889 is providing the specialists and will escort and support the restauration on the technical and financial side.

The umbrella organization historic RhB supports events and is the contact for the media.

The "RHÆTIA" on the 125 years- RhB- Event in 2014,at the workshop in Landquart

Of course, RhB also is represented in the project group, moreso as engine No. 1 is the oldest locomotive of RhB and their property.

The craftsmen in the main workshop of RhB at Landquart, having successfully carried out restoration projects for standard gauge and narrow gauge companies, are predestined to professionally carry out the forthcoming work in the name and sense of the Project Group RHÆTIA.

Object of the Restoration

The Project Group plans to restore (to have restored) the steam engine as far as possible, fit to operate, in the condition as it was delivered to LD in 1889, to bear witness of a moving monument of the start-up of Rhätische Bahn and to become the flagship of the historic Bündner rail fleet.

All necessary repairs of the steam boiler, the power unit and the undercarriage are supposed to be carried out.

The locomotive is supposed to remain in its present condition but the external appearance to be dated back to the time of 1889. This means in particular that the original black colour coat will be applied as well as replicas of the original inscription plates will be installed.

This change affects the brass lettering “LD 1” instead of “RhB” as well as the name plate “RHÆTIA” instead of “Rhätia”. Although the actual lettering of the “RHÆTIA” has its historical value, the locomotive will become a representative of LD and as such of the time of foundation of the railway in the Canton Graubünden when the railway was financed privately without the help of the state.

The replacement of the actual inscription by replicas is reversible since the actual inscription will be stored/exhibited at train museum Albula.

Further restoration can be found in the restoration Concept.

Our Advertising Medium, the „Coal-Locomotive“

“Our No. 1 needs coal” – with this slogan Ge4/4 II No. 616 “Filisur” is touring the Canton Graubünden since 09.11.2018, advertising for the fund-raising for “RHÆTIA”.

RhB by means of the “Coal locomotive” provides the Project Group RHÆTIA with a unique and highly appreciated platform in order to publicize RHAETIA and the fund-raising throughout Graubünden and additionally by means of the train photographers worldwide. The advertising locomotive was created in close cooperation between RhB and the Project Group RHÆTIA.

It is decorated with a big sketch of the steam engine, the logos of all clubs incorporated in the umbrella organization of historic RhB as well as with the big fund-raising barometer.

As such we can talk proudly of our “Coal Locomotive”.

Technical data of Ge4/4 II

Numbering 611 - 633 
Total number 23
Name of manufacturing SLM
Years of production 1973, 1984
Axle formula Bo'Bo
Tota length  12'940 mm
Weigth 50 tons
Top Speed  90 km/h
Performance per our 1'700 kW (2'300 HP)
Driving weel diameter 1'070 mm


The Ge 4/4II Nr. 616 Filisur