Breathtaking Pilatus Cogwheel Train In Switzerland
Don’t look down while you’re headed up this slope!
This clip has a fantastic cab ride view up the side of Mount Pilatus to the Esle summit. Ascending 6,800 feet over 2.86 miles, the line is literally built through rock and on steep cliffs.
Built in 1889, this railway is over 150 years old and still hauls 10 railcars with an upwards of 40 persons per car!
The Pilatus Railway, located near Luzern, Switzerland, is the steepest cogwheel railway in the world!
With a 48% grade (2 ft rise to every 5 ft), nothing else would be able to handle the slope other than the rack and pinion system that it employs! It took 600 men over 400 days to build this line back in 1889.
The track gauge is just 2 feet 7 and 1/2 inches and has no ballast!
Let us know if you have ever ridden this masterpiece of engineering! We want to know if it is as scary as it looks!