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Date: 08/04/23 13:32
Vitznau Rigi Bahn
Author: 86235

The first Swiss rack railway to be built was that from Vitznau, on the shores of Lake Luzern to the top of Rigi, the Queen of Mountains. Today it operates these strange looking Stadler EMUs. Some older stock is present and the car barn is adjacent to the ferry slip where the paddle steamers tie up

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 08/04/23 13:37 by 86235.

Date: 08/04/23 13:33
Re: Vitznau Rigi Bahn
Author: 86235

And here's one of the steam powered paddle steamers

Date: 08/04/23 14:17
Re: Vitznau Rigi Bahn
Author: pedrop

Very interesting. I was born in a mountain city near Rio de Janeiro that had a rack railway from 1896 to 1956. They use only Swiss made steam engines from SLM builder.

Pedro Rezende
Vespasiano MG,

Date: 08/05/23 22:09
Re: Vitznau Rigi Bahn
Author: WP921

Is a rack railway and a cog railway the same thing?

Date: 08/05/23 22:13
Re: Vitznau Rigi Bahn
Author: engineerinvirginia

Yes...whether you reference the cog or the rack doesn't matter....it's the same beast.

Date: 08/31/23 21:30
Re: Vitznau Rigi Bahn
Author: railstiesballast

Those Swiss lake steamers are a grand show. 
The two I rode on had engine room viewing windows and the crew and owners were very proud of their equipment: everything neat, clean and if brass it was polished.

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