The Little Cogwheel Engine That Could!
“I think I can, I think I can!”
Check out this little 4/4 “0-8-0” as it climbs an 11.8% incline with 3 passenger cars in tow.
Known as the Furka Pass Cogwheel Mountain Steam Railway in Switzerland, it is strictly a tourist attraction. Open through the months of June through September, it draws many tourists to witness the most breathtaking scenery that Switzerland has to offer.
- Rail Line: Furka Cogwheel Steam Railway
- Train Name: Furka Cogwheel Steam Railway Heritage
- Power type: 0-8-0 Steam Locomotive
- Builder: Built in Switzerland
- Train type: Passenger excursion
- Location: Alps, Central Switzerland
The line has several tunnels and features one tunnel that is well over 1 mile long on it’s way up to highest station at Furka at just over 7000 foot elevation.
It then descends down the mountain where it comes to a “folding bridge” at Steffenbach, which is dismantled each winter. Note in the video the center “cog” track which helps keep the train from slipping on the steep grades. It’s a longer video, so make sure you stay with it to see everything!
Got to put this one on your bucket list!
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