World's steepest cogwheel railway

From Alpnachstad to Pilatus Kulm, the world's steepest cogwheel railway winds up through lush meadows carpeted with Alpine flowers, past sparkling mountain streams and fascinating rock faces.
Technical Data
SectionAlpnachstad – Pilatus Kulm
Opened4 June 1889 (steam operation)
Reopened15 May 1937 (after electrification)
Operating periodMay to November
Height difference1635 m
Railroad track4618 m
Travel speedAscent 9–12 km/h, descent max. 9 km/h
Travel timeAscent 30 min., descent 40 min.
Maximum passenger transport capacity340 persons per hour
Railcar capacity10 railcars, 40 persons each
Transport systemLocher cogwheel railway system
Driving power210 PS or 154 kW per locomotive
TrackGauge: 0.8 m, Gradient: 48% maximum, 38% average
ManufacturersLocher General Building Contractors www.locher-ag.ch, Carriages SLM Schweizerische Lokomotiv- & Maschinenfabrik of Winterthur