When engineer Eduard Locher
proposed building a railway on Mount Pilatus
in the 19th century, many though he had gone mad.
But in 1889 the 4,618-meter-long railway
opened from Alpnachstad to Pilatus Kulm.
With a gradient of 48%
it is the steepest cogwheel railway in the world.
Since its opening until today, that has not changed.
It takes cleverly devised technology to move a train forward at such a steep gradient.
The ingenious design with two horizontally rotating cogwheels made it possible.
This masterpiece was exhibited at the World Fair 1889 in Paris.
Pilatus Cogwheel Train – Driver’s view
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