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May 21, 2011 / jmeuropeana

First Rack Railway in Europe: Rigi-Bahnen

On the 21st of May –

In 1871 the first Rack Railway, (tandradbaan, Zahnradbahn) on the continent of Europe officially opened: the Rigi-Bahnen. This railway is quite well-documented in Europeana:
Rigi-Bahn, Wintersport, Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee-Vitznau, Fahrplan vom 1. Oktober 1906 bis 30. April 1907 /;A. Reckziegel
Rigi-Bahn, Saison 1895 /;J.Weber
Modern rack railways can climb slopes of up to 50%, such as the Pilatus:
Pilatus, Steilste Zahnradbahn der Welt, 2132m, Luzern, Schweiz, Nur ein Katzensprung von hier


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