The Pilatus Railway (German: Pilatusbahn, PB) is a mountain railway in Switzerland and is the steepest rack railway in the world, with a maximum gradient of 48% and an average gradient of 35%. The line runs from Alpnachstad, on Lake Alpnach, to a terminus near the Esel summit of Pilatus at an elevation of 2,073 m (6,801 ft), which makes it the highest railway in the canton of Obwalden and the second highest in Central Switzerland after the Furka line. At Alpnachstad, the Pilatus Railway connects with steamers on Lake Lucerne and with trains on the Brünigbahn line of Zentralbahn.
The first project to build the line was proposed in 1873, suggesting a 1,435 mm (4 ft 8+1⁄2 in) standard gauge and 25% maximal gradient. It was concluded that the project was not economically viable. Eduard Locher, an engineer with great practical experience, then proposed an alternative project with the maximum grade increased to 48%, cutting the distance in half. Conventional systems at the time could not negotiate such gradients because the cogwheel that is pressed to the rack from above may, under higher gradients, jump out of engagement with the rack, eliminating the train's driving and braking power. Instead, Locher placed a horizontal double rack between the two rails with the rack teeth facing each side. This was engaged by two flanged cogwheels mounted on vertical shafts underneath the car.
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Alexandra Dulina | Feb 26, 2017
On the website it is stated that they offer 20% discount till March, and nothing about the winter break on the home page. When we came today with excited children, we found out that it is closed till May! There were more people who came like us. Very frustrating.
Phil DeMello | Jan 5, 2017
Great train experience
Stijn Vanschoonbeek | May 27, 2017
patrick odilon OGUE | Oct 6, 2017
Lieu touristique, accessible par train de montagne ou par randonné jusqu'à 2016m d'altitude en 3h 30 mn de marche a travers la forêt et la montagne. Très intéressant parcourt pour se refaire une bonne santé a travers la nature montagneuse suisse..
Excalibur Bär | May 28, 2017
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