Switzerland claims record for world's longest passenger train

Switzerland claims record for world’s longest passenger train

A Swiss railway company claimed the record for the world’s longest passenger train at 1.2 miles long and made up of 100 coaches

A Swiss railway company on Saturday claimed the record for the world’s longest passenger train with a journey on one of the most spectacular tracks in the Alps.

The Rhaetian Railway company operates the 1.9-kilometre, ie 1.2-mile-long train made up of 100 coaches along the Albula/Bernina route from Preda to Berguen.

The route was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008 and runs through 22 tunnels, some of which go through spiraling mountains, and crosses 48 bridges, including the curved Landwasser Viaduct.

The whole trip takes more than an hour. Train enthusiasts lined the valley to watch as the train’s 25 sections wound their way some 25 kilometers (15.5 miles) through the Alps.

Rhaetian Railway director Renato Fasciati said the record attempt was intended to highlight some of Switzerland’s engineering achievements and celebrate 175 years of Swiss railways.

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