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Swiss claim record for the world’s longest passenger train

Record-breaking train.
The 1,910-metre-long train travelled on the UNESCO world heritage track in southeast Switzerland from Preda to Alvaneu on October 29, 2022. © Keystone / Yanik Buerkli

Switzerland’s largest private railway operator has set a new world record for the longest passenger train on a spectacular narrow gauge track through the Swiss Alps.

The Rhaetian Railway train – comprising 100 carriages for a total length of 1,910 metres – travelled on the Albula/Bernina route from Preda to Alvaneu in southeast Switzerland on Saturday afternoon.

The entire journey of about 25 kilometers (15.5 miles) took about an hour. Rail fans lined the valley to watch the train wind its way through the Alps (see video below).

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The world record was officially confirmed on site by Guinness World Records, Rhaetian Railway said in a statementExternal link. The previous world record of 1,732.9 metres dates from 1991. 

Rhaetian Railway Director Renato Fasciati said the record attempt was intended to highlight some of Switzerland’s engineering achievements and to celebrate 175 years of Swiss railways.

Record-breaking train
Keystone / Gian Ehrenzeller

The Albula/Bernina railway line is a monument to the pioneering days of railway building and has UNESCO World Heritage status. The line runs for a total of 130 km in southeast Switzerland and is considered one of the world’s most spectacular routes.

The journey from Thusis to Tirano passes 196 bridges, 55 tunnels and 20 towns along the way.

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