Steepest cogwheel railway in the world – Facts

Technical details

LegAlpnachstad – Pilatus Kulm
Opened 4 June 1889 (steam operation)
Reopened15 May 1937 (after electrification)
Operation timeMay to November
Height difference1,635 m
Length of railway line4,618 m
Speedascent 9 – 12 km/h, descent max. 9 km/h
Travel timeascent 30 min., descent 40 min.
Maximum conveyor capacity 340 persons per hour
Holding capacity10 rail cars at 40 persons ea.
Rail system cog railway system
Drive power210 HP or 154 kW per rail car
Line gauge:0.8 m / gradient: maximum 48%, mean 38%
Manufacturer Generalbauunternehmer Locher, rail cars: SLM Schweizerische Lokomotiv- & Maschinenfabrik, Winterthur