Switzerland currently has the world’s longest passenger train. On Saturday, a 1.2-mile-long train made a brief trip across the rugged terrain, setting a new Guinness World Record in the process. Check the news The World’s Longest Passenger Train in Switzerland on Switzerland based Lifestyle Magazine – Kenleaks Magazine.
The record attempt was organized by Rhaetian Line (RhB) as part of the Swiss rail industry’s 175th anniversary commemoration of its founding railway. The train was built using 25 new “Capricorn” electric trains, each with four carriages, for a total of 100 vehicles. It took months to prepare the journey, which required seven drivers and 21 technicians to finish. This was not the first time. A previous attempt was called off due to emergency braking and communication concerns.
According to a news statement, the train traveled along a 15-mile UNESCO World Heritage route from the Albula Tunnel in Preda to the world-famous Landwasser Viaduct just outside Filisur on Saturday. The massive truck covered the distance in one hour, moving at speeds ranging from 19 to 22 mph. It also managed to traverse 48 bridges and 22 tunnels on its way to breaking records.
The train shattered a record that had held for almost 30 years. According to Euronews, the National Belgian Railway Company achieved the record in 1991. Its 70-car train was 1.1 miles long and went 38 miles. The longest train of any kind is a 4.5-mile-long freight train owned by mining firm BHP that traversed Australia in 2000.