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Operating Area : Lake
Lucerne (Vierwaldstattersee) , Switzerland
PS Stadt Luzern
at Verkehrshaus, with the city of Lucerne in the background, in 2001
by Gebruder Sachsenberg AG at Rosslau an der Elbe, Germany
3 cylinder "Uniflow" diagonal engine - each 800 mm x 1200 mm
stroke - with hydraulic gearing and enclosed cranks.
The engine was provided by Sulzer in 1929 replacing the original
unsatisfactory twin-cylinder Sachsenberg machinery.
Length 63.50 metres (overall) - 60.00 m (perpendiculars)
4.46 m diameter wheel with 8 paddles of 2.90 x 0.8 m
Reassembled at Luzern from September 1927.
during early 1928 had proven extremely troublesome (not achieving her contracted
speed and consuming excessive amounts of coal)
Entered public service on
1928 during which she broke down off Weggis
Re-engined by Sulzer, performing
satisfactorily on trial on June 14th 1929. Reentered public service on July
Converted to oil fuel in 1953-4
Enclosed cranks opened to public view when
metal casings were replaced by perspex (one crank in 1980, the remaining
two in 1981)
Substantially rebuilt during the winters of 85-86 to 88-89 whilst
remaining in summer service.
Back in public service on May 20th, 1989.
Out of service in the 2019 and 2020 seasons undergoing a major renovation including her first reboilering
Returned to service in 2021
SGV's flagship, Stadt Luzern, is the most luxuriously appointed paddler
in the fleet. This view is of the upper deck lounge in 2014 by kind
courtesy of Malcolm Oliver
From the paddlesteamers.info archive
Stadt Luzern pulls out of Brunnen in
The SGV flagship has extensive upper deck
Approaching Hertenstein in
A busy day at Brunnen in 1988
The Uniflow engines, once concealed, can
now be seen behind perspex
Leaving Buochs in 2001
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