Official world record attempt

Saturday, 29 October 2022

The test begins: as part of the 175th anniversary celebrations of Swiss railways, Rhaetian Railway (RhB) is making an official attempt to operate the longest passenger train in the world on Saturday, 29 October 2022. The 1910-metre-long train with 100 coaches will travel along the Albula/Bernina UNESCO World Heritage route from Preda to Bergün and on over the Landwasser Viaduct. The corresponding tests for technical feasibility and safety assurance have taken place over the past few months.

The longest passenger train in the world is to be composed of 25 separable multiple-unit trains of the latest type: “Capricorn”. These will be acquired by RhB by 2024 as part of the largest procurement of rolling stock in its history and will give the Graubünden railway a major push towards modernisation. The record attempt – assuming it is successful – is to be entered in the Guinness Book of Records.

Making the legacy of the railway pioneers visible
The world record attempt is to take place on the world-famous Albula/Bernina UNESCO World Heritage route (the RhB has borne this coveted label since 2008). The longest passenger train will wind its way from Preda through the fascinating helical tunnels to Bergün and on over the Landwasser Viaduct. And thus make the railway engineering masterpiece of the railway pioneers visible. RhB Director Renato Fasciati: “Switzerland is a railway country like no other. This year, we are celebrating 175 years of Swiss railways. With this world record attempt, RhB and its partners want to play their part in achieving a pioneering feat that has never been seen before.” On board are leading expert partners from the fields of technology, industry, services, tourism and media. Details of the world record attempt will be presented at a media conference on 29 June 2022.