The Swiss railway company has set a world record with its newest passenger train, which measures 450 meters. The longest train in the world has been officially recognized by Guinness World Records as the new "longest." "The record-breaking train is a milestone for sustainable transport and exemplary regional enhancement," said Christian Mumenthaler. "In 2016, Switzerland had over 358 million passengers in total. The record-breaking train covers about 100 kilometers per day, 365 days a year.
Further, this train is longer than any other worldwide, which creates more space on the track, which ensures trains can pass one another close enough together that they do not need to be parked beforehand at a station. This is an environmentally friendly and efficient way to use railway lines.
Track dimensions of the world's longest train: length of 450 meters. LUX 450 Dimensional DesignationThe world's longest train runs between Luzern and Zermatt, Switzerland. It was built by the German company Siemens. The track length is longer than that of a football field (90 meters).
The train holds up to 360 passengers and travels at a speed of up to 150 kilometers per hour. "It will be possible with this record-breaking train to transport more people faster and more efficiently than before," said Christian Mumenthaler, director of Swiss Federal Railways (SBB). "This also means that we can transport goods faster and further.
However, the underlying cause was that we encountered some difficulties during the Corona Crisis (COVID-19 epidemic), which caused us to lose 30% of our revenue from train passengers. As a result, we looked for a suitable event to raise awareness of our lovely UNESCO World Heritage route.
The new train is manufactured by the Swiss company Stadler in Berne. It is 78 centimeters longer than the previous Guinness World Record holder—an Italian passenger line. The new trains are powered by electricity and can reach a maximum speed of 250 kilometers per hour. Switzerland plans to use it on some of its routes between Bern and Romanshorn from 2022 onwards.
The new record-breaking trains have a total of eight coaches, each capable of holding up to 300 passengers. The new trains are also equipped with the latest technology, enabling passengers to use their smartphones for internet access.
As Switzerland is renowned for its railway network, it's no surprise that the country is setting records with its trains. Another impressive train network in Switzerland can be found at the Gotthard Base Tunnel, which measures 35 kilometers and opened in 2016 as part of a significant project. The tunnel runs under the Alps, connecting northern and southern Europe. The base tunnel is one of the longest road tunnels in the world and enables freight trains to travel through Switzerland without having to use other routes passing through higher-altitude valleys and nature reserves.
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