The steepest cog railway in the world, Pilatus - Switzerland Tourism

The steepest cog railway in the world


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The steepest cog railway in the world
Since 1889, the steepest cog railway in the world has ferried guests from Alpnachstad to Pilatus Kulm, past blooming alpine meadows, crystal mountain brooks and fascinating stony cliffs.

Technical data, Pilatus cogwheel train

Route: Alpnachstad – Pilatus Kulm
Operating season: May to November

Opening: June 4, 1889 (steam-power)
Re-opening: May 15, 1937 (electric)

Altitude difference: 1,635 meters
Length of track: 4,618 meters

Uphill speed: 9–12 km/h
Downhill speed: max. 9 km/h

Uphill ride: 30 minutes
Downhill ride: 40 minutes

Maximum passenger volume: 340 people per hour
Capacity: 10 carriages, each holding 40 people

Cog track system: System Locher
Drive power: 210 horse power or 154 kW per carriage

Track gauge: 0.8 meter / Pitch: maximum 48 %, average 38 %

Manufacturer: Generalbauunternehmer Locher (, Carriages: SLM Schweizerische Lokomotiv- & Maschinenfabrik, Winterthur

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