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Resilience above the clouds. Water, milk and some sun #Switzerland


The world's steepest cogwheel railway - Mt. Pilatus - Switzerland

From Pilatus Kulm to Alpnachstad , the world's steepest cogwheel railway winds up through lush meadows carpeted with Alpine flowers, past sparkling mountain streams and fascinating rock faces. Technical Data : Section: Alpnachstad – Pilatus Kulm Opened: 4 June 1889 (steam operation) Reopened: 15 May 1937 (after electrification) Operating period: May to November Height difference: 1635 m Railroad track: 4618 m Travel speed: Ascent 9–12 km/h, descent max. 9 km/h Travel time: Ascent 30 min., descent 40 min. Maximum passenger transport capacity: 340 persons per hour Railcar capacity: 10 railcars, 40 persons each Transport system: Locher cogwheel railway system Driving power: 210 PS or 154 kW per locomotive Track: Gauge: 0.8 m, Gradient: 48% maximum, 38% average Manufacturers : Locher General Building Contractors, Carriages SLM Schweizerische Lokomotiv- & Maschinenfabrik of Winterthur The Pilatus Railway began operations under steam power on 4 June 1889. It took 60…