World record: Rhaetian Railway put the longest passenger train on the rails

Longest passenger train in the world (Photo: swiss-image.ch/Philipp Schmidli).
Longest passenger train in the world (Photo: swiss-image.ch/Philipp Schmidli).

World record: Rhaetian Railway put the longest passenger train on the rails

Longest passenger train in the world (Photo: swiss-image.ch/Philipp Schmidli).
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Last Saturday, the Rhaetian Railway managed to get the world's longest passenger train on the rails. The record train was an impressive 1.906 meters long and was lined up like a string of pearls in the Albula Tunnel on Saturday night and Saturday morning.

 It then left Preda at 14:20 p.m. At just 15:30 p.m., the record-breaking train had reached its destination: the spectacular crossing of the Landwasser Viaduct. “After intensive preparation, we are overjoyed that we succeeded in setting this world record. Not only did we have a wonderful railway festival here in Bergün, but thanks to committed partners and sponsors and an incredibly committed team, we were able to present ourselves worldwide as a fascinating and innovative mountain railway with this record run," said Renato Fasciati, Director of the RhB shortly after completing the world record. The success of the world record was officially confirmed on site by Guinness World Records.

A festival area was set up at the exit of Bergün, where around 3.000 visitors watched the world record attempt. On the festival grounds, Märklin also showed the world record train in miniature – with 25 Capricorn LGB model trains and a length of 80 meters in a scale of 1:22.5. The world record attempt itself was broadcast on Blick TV in a two-hour program and included in the coverage of numerous TV stations worldwide. Over 120 media representatives from 15 countries followed the world record live.

The RhB partners showed what they can do at the station itself. For example, the track construction company SERSA was present with a track construction machine and a locomotive simulator. The competence partners ABB and Repower provided information about electromobility. With augmented reality, Siemens enabled a pure rail experience. The Albula Railway Museum was open, Märklin and BEMO also showed various model railways. The whole railway village of Bergün was on the move.

Facts and figures about the world record attempt

  • The train consisted of 25 compositions, each with four cars of the new Capricorn multiple units, and was 1.906 meters long.
  • "Capricorn" is the Rhaeto-Romanic term for ibex.
  • The world record route from Preda to Alvaneu is 24.930 meters long.
  • 789,4 meters in altitude (Preda = 1788,7 m above sea level; Alvaneu = 999,3 m above sea level) were overcome.
  • The world record drive led over 48 bridges and through 22 tunnels.
  • The largest viaduct on the world record route is the world-famous Landwasser Viaduct shortly after Filisur with a length of 142 meters and a height of 65 meters.
  • The longest tunnel on the world record route is the Greifenstein tunnel just before Filisur at 698 meters.
  • With the world record test drive, 4.000 kWh of braking energy (recuperation) were generated.
  • The world record train drove at 30 to 35 km/h.
  • The record run lasted about an hour.
  • The record train weighed around 2.990 tons.
  • Communication within the train was ensured by the civil defense using a field telephone almost 2 kilometers long.
  • In addition, 7 train drivers and 21 technicians were deployed on the train to be able to drive the train.

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