Switzerland sets new record for longest passenger train in the world
The sight of the world’s longest train passing through scenic valleys, mountains and tunnels in the Swiss Alps created a picturesque setting. The 1.93 kilometer long train, according to a report on smithsonianmag.com, set the record for the longest passenger train in the world.
The occasion was the 175th anniversary of the Rhaetian Railway – Switzerland’s first railway – which celebrated the occasion in style by setting this record. It also showcased the country’s impressive engineering feats.
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There were 25 electric trains connected to each other forming this long locomotive while each of them had four cars making the total cars as 100.
The train traveled smoothly along the Albula line, which in 2008 was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Running for an hour, he crossed some of the remarkable passes of the Swiss Alps. Writing about it, CNN’s Ben Jones said: “Combine that with a route with notoriously tight curves, steep inclines, 22 tunnels and 48 bridges over deep valleys and the challenges become apparent.”
It was at the beginning of the 20th century that the Albula line was completed and before that people traveled in sledges and horse-drawn carriages.
Along the route of this historic journey, train lovers and journalists lined up to click and report on its leisurely journey through the undulating curves. The company also held a live video stream at a festival held in the village of Bergun where 3,000 viewers gathered after paying for the ticket.
It took months of preparation and hard work to ensure the trip was a success. Trials have been carried out, communication has been thoroughly checked and security features have been tested. The intercom system has been set up to ensure all seven drivers can stay in touch on the speed and incline of the route during the ride.
In a statement, Renato Fasciati, Director of the Railways said: “After intensive preparation, we are delighted to have reached this world record. Not only did we have a wonderful railway festival here in Bergün, but we were able to present ourselves worldwide as a fascinating and innovative mountain railway.
The first record for the longest passenger train was set in 1991 in Belgium by the Belgian National Railway Company. It had 70 cars and was 1.73 km long. It was a unique trip organized for the benefit of a Belgian cancer research charity.