Switzerland launches the world’s longest passenger train ever as part of their 175th anniversary of railways in the country. The train is expected to have 4,550 seats across 25 cars. The train ride is expected to take one hour and has been organized by Rhaetian Railway.

Swiss Alps

Photo Credit: Piotr Gusik

The train route will take place along the UNESCO World Heritage Albula/Bernina route. Starting from Prada to Alvaneu  Its considered to be one of the most spectacular views in the world thanks to the Swiss Alps. 

The attempt at the world record was to celebrate 175 years of Swiss rails and also, an opportunity to show the world one of the most beautiful railways.

What Can Go Wrong"

Even the actual trip on the train brings up numerous obstacles.

“When you put 25 trains together, the signal must be enough so that the last train really gets the information from the first train and the train is not built for this operation and so we had to find a very pragmatic solution which is safe, but which helps us really to do this wonderful train,” stated Fascia.

Communication is extremely critical, especially for a train that’s 1.25 miles long. A telephone of the same distance has been installed for the 7 train drivers and 21 technicians can communicate efficiently.

Once the train’s journey is completed, it will be dismantled. The cars will go back to normal circulation among the day-to-day railway services.

Who Holds the Record

The record to beat was a passenger train back in Belgium in 1991. The train had 70 coaches and was a little over a mile long. The longest train of any kind was back in 2001. An Australian freight train owned by a mining company. The length of freight train was about 4.5 miles long.