Nearly two kilometers. That’s the ambitious goal for the world’s longest passenger train. This October, Rhaetian Railway of Switzerland will be attempting this exciting world record, and we cannot wait to witness it live.

In honor of the Swiss Railways’ 175th anniversary, the railway company will string together no less than 25 modern Capricorn engines and 100 carriages. The resulting train will measure a staggering 1910 meters in length – that’s 1.2 miles!

In railway history, there has never been a longer passenger train – let alone an XXL train that negotiates mountainous terrain.

And as if this stunt was not going to attract enough attention, the railway will be set in motion like a giant caterpillar. At a speed of 30 to 35 km/h, the Rhaetian Railway train will negotiate some 789 meters of altitude from Preda via Bergün to Alvaneu.

 

With this being the Rhaetian Railway, this train will be exclusively powered by locally generated hydroelectric energy.  

These tracks on the Albula Line are exceptionally scenic and are considered a UNESCO World Heritage site. There are various bridges, viaducts, and tunnels along the way, including the majestic Landwasser Viaduct. 

The world-record attempt will take place on October 29, 2022, and will last roughly 46 minutes. It will be entered into the Guinness Book of World Records if all goes well. 

Will you be among the rail enthusiasts on board the train? Or will you witness the world record from one of the four viewing platforms or the online live stream? Either way, it will be a cause for celebration!

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Rhaetian Railway Albula Line