I’ve been on a bit of a cog railway kick this week, and I learned today that the Pilatus Train in Switzerland operates as the steepest cog railway in the entire world. The average gradient is 38% with the steepest point hitting at 48%!
The video below isn’t the typical thrill-fest you’re used to here at Unofficial Networks, but it’s an excellent way to burn almost 30 minutes while you’re at work. Zone out and soak up the beautiful views the driver of the Pilatus Train enjoys, and try not to book a flight to Switzerland after you finish the video.
I have opened and closed tabs on Google flights to Switzerland at least 5 times just in the process of writing this blog…
Pilatus Train Stats:
Opened: 1889 (steam), 1937 (electric)
Line Length: 2.86 mi.
Speed: 5.6 mph downhill, 6.2 mph uphill
Maximum Elevation Reached: 6,081′
Maximum Incline: 48%