Switzerland unveils world’s longest passenger train

On October 29, 2022, Swiss revealed the longest passenger train in the world. Run through the Albula linethe train was two kilometers long with four locomotives and 100 cars!

Swiss company Rhaetian Railway originally used this locomotive to commemorate the 175th anniversary of Swiss Railways, as well as to launch its new Capricorn trains. A railway party was held in the village of Bergunwhere 3,000 lucky ticket holders got to watch the train travel the scenic route via a live TV stream.

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Everything you need to know about the world’s longest passenger train

The record attempt took several months of preparation. The Albula line includes 22 tunnels and 48 bridges over deep valleys, as well as tight curves and steep slopes. The film crew used 19 drone and helicopter cameras and three satellite uplinks to capture the train from multiple locations.

Normal services of the Albula Tunnel in Preda at St. Moritz were also suspended for 12 hours during the event.

Safe to say, the attempt was a success! The whole trip would have taken more than an hour. The train left Preda at 2.20 p.m., crossed the Landwasser Viaduct, and arrived in Bergün around 3:30 p.m. Seven train drivers and 21 technicians kept the journey running smoothly while operating the locomotive, maintaining a speed of 35 km/h to avoid overloading nearby trains and power grids.

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For those who already dream of getting on the two kilometer train… unfortunately you won’t be able to take the train in the future. After the event, the train will not enter regular services. In the meantime, you can explore the rest of Switzerland with this amazing travel itinerary. Alternatively, these scenic train rides will allow you to see more Europe.

Featured image credit: Philipp Schmidli via the official Facebook page of Rhätische Bahn AG

Jose P. Rogers