World's longest passenger train that runs through ‘The Alps’
To celebrate the 175th anniversary of Switzerland's first railway, the country's rail industry came together to build the world’s longest passenger train with 100 wagons, 2 KM long, weighing 2900 tonnes.
The train takes over an hour to cover a 25 KM stretch of the spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Albula Line from Preda to Alvaneu in eastern Switzerland, which is precisely 1906 meters in length.
The train has been developed by a Swiss-based railway company named, Rhaetian Railway Company which has achieved this feat through plenty of engineering challenges.
The train with 100 cars is managed by 7 drivers at a time when it plies through the curvy and dangerous edges yet beautiful Swiss rail network.
The train is said to bear a capacity of over 4550 passengers, which makes it a record on the global front that the Swiss railway boasts.
The train in its hour-long journey through the Alps passes over 48 bridges and through 22 tunnels.
The absolute sight of beauty glorifies the sheer value of the train and must be giving you an idea about the iconic Swiss rail network and how the scenery maximizes its importance.
The wealthy Alpine country saw the departure of its first train service on August 9, 1847, linking Zurich to Baden, 23 kilometers to the northwest, a trip that took 33 minutes.
Before this 1.9 KM long train, Belgium held the record for running the world’s longest train which stretched over 1.7 KM long back in 1991, and the Netherlands before it.