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1.9 KM Train Breaks Record for World’s Longest

1.9 km train breaks the record for the world’s longest passenger train
1.9 kilometer train breaks the record for the world’s longest passenger train. Credit: Mayk Wendt/

A Swiss railway company claimed the record for the world’s longest passenger train this past weekend. Its trip was on one of the most spectacular journeys through the Alps.

Rhaetian Railway (RhB) conducted its world record attempt on Saturday. The train was comprised of one hundred carriages, measuring a total length of 1.9 kilometers (1.2 miles).

The train carried 150 passengers with a digital destination sign on the front reading “Alpine Cruise” with dazzling sunshine reflecting off its shiny, silver roof.

An average U.S. passenger carriage is about 25 meters (85 feet) in length in a typical, thirteen-carriage train. That’s just over 320 meters (1,000 feet) for comparison, including space for the driver.

The 1.9 kilometer train journey through the Swiss Alps

The 1.910-kilometer train, composed of twenty-five separable multiple-unit trains, or one hundred coaches, traveled through the Alps in the eastern Swiss canton of Graubunden.

Renato Fasciati, RhB chief, said to the Blick daily newspaper’s live feed of the event, “For me, this is just Swiss perfection,” as the long red train snaked slowly through the mountainous landscape.

The train’s journey led through twenty-two helical tunnels of which some spiral through mountains and across forty-eight bridges, including the curved majestic Landwasser Viaduct, which towers sixty-five meters above the ravine below, taking about an hour.

The event was broadcast simultaneously by Swiss media from various view points, showing aerial footage with the front exiting one tunnel as carriages further back were sliding through others.

Located about 172 kilometers southeast of Zurich, it ran along the Albula-Bernina route from Preda to Berguen. The Swiss world record train’s nearly-25-kilometer route was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list in 2008, and it is almost twelve times that length.

Rail enthusiasts gather to watch

Thousands of rail enthusiasts lined the rails to watch the giant train’s twenty-five sections slowly snake their way through the Alps.

At the halfway-point in the historic journey, some three thousand people who had snapped up coveted tickets watched the trip on a giant screen set up near Bergun.

Many hiked or biked up the mountainside and paths seeking the best view even though the road up to the various lookout points was closed off to traffic.

Cyclists also attempted to follow alongside the train on a parallel path as it made its way down one mountainside.

Journey came with plenty of engineering challenges

Fasciati explained that the record attempt was to celebrate 175 years of Swiss railways. Another reason was to highlight some of Switzerland’s engineering achievements.

He also added that there had been significant challenges to ensure it could travel safely as he held up the Guinness World Record diploma.

The twenty-one technicians and seven train drivers on board made certain, however, “that all [twenty-five] trains do the same, accelerating and braking” at the same time, and were all “guided by the first…driver,” he said.

Swiss train the longest ever run

Switzerland is famous for having punctual trains, and only a few countries have a dense rail network like it does.

The first train service on the wealthy Alpine country was on August 9, 1847. At that time, it only linked Zurich to Baden, twenty-three kilometers to the northwest. The trip took thirty-three minutes.

Saturday’s event featured is, by far, the longest passenger train anyone has ever run. That includes freight trains that are longer with some measuring more than three kilometers.

Belgium held previous record for longest passenger train

The National Belgian Railway Company had held the previous record for a seventy-carriage train measuring 1.7 kilometers in length.

It traveled from Ghent to Ostend in Belgium’s northeast in a one hour and eleven minute, 62.5 kilometer journey. It was a record set on April 7, 1991. The aim was to fund the Belgian Cancer Fund.

An RhB spokesman told Agence France-Presse that the Swiss train is at least two hundred meters longer than the Belgian one. For that reason, it beat the 1991 passenger train record of 1.73 kilometers.


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