A cogwheel train is a train fitted with one or more cogwheels, which mesh with the toothed rail-rack, running usually between the normal rails. The system, operating on rack and pinion arrangement, is used in regions where trains operate on steep heights within a short span of time.
The Alpine capital of the World, Switzerland is the home to world’s most famous cogwheel train, Jungfraujoch cogwheel. Getting acquainted with those snow covered peaks and the breathtaking views, no one can serve you more justice than this train. Though, there are many cogwheel trains in the World, but this one is the most famous one for being able to take you to heaven on Earth, the hills of Switzerland.
Here is the list of some famous Cogwheel trains that should be on your bucket list of travelling:-
This one is known to offer you a steepest ride in the whole world. This cogwheel train starts its journey from Alpnachstad and finishes on top at Pilatus Kulm and offers you a breathtaking view of the Switzerland. Those snow covered peaks, passing alpine meadows and striking rock formations and the exceptional scenery is to die for. The maximum gradient of the train line is 48% which is what it makes it so unique.
The train was first established in 1912 and has been the most famous tourist spot ever since. The train will start from Kleine Scheidegg and will cover a distance of 3,454m to the Jungfraujoch. You will be offered a serene view of the whole Switzerland with its amazing steepest ride. The train will take you to the top of Europe where you can actually feel on the top of the World( literally and not literally). Though, most of the journey is spent inside a tunnel, you can still stop at the stations and enjoy the views.
This is the first cogwheel train of the World which actually takes you to the top of Mt.washington. The man behind this idea was Mr Sylvester Marsh who almost got lost while taking a journey to the Mt.Washington and thought of a much better way to reach there. The idea came to realisation in 1896 and was discontinued in 1929 due to an accident. It is now opened again for people to visit in late march to november and enjoy those breathtaking views.
Started in 1891 in the state of Colorado, this cogwheel train has been one of the most famous yet. It takes the passengers at the top of 14,115 ft high Pikes Peak. The ride is of 9 miles that takes much of a 3 hours to reach the top and will offer you an amazing view of the rockies all around. The train is like the most cogwheel trains in terms of no washrooms but is wheelchair accessible. They open in every spring.
This cogwheel train will take the passengers to the top of highest mountain in the whole Germany. The ride is 19kms long and will offer you some amazing serene views of the Germany. It was established in three stages and was first tries on the track in 1928, the second stage in 1930 and the last was completed in 1987 and a new Rosy tunnel was added.
Montserrat monastery is the most famous attraction in Spain. It is one of a kind and offers a you an exceptional peace of mind. If you wish to reach the highest peak of the monastery, you need to take a cogwheel train from there and then hike up to the mountain. The views are always worth your money. This serene environment is like nothing else on the Earth.
The highest peak in Hong Kong, the Victoria Peak is the most famous tourist attraction. You can either hike up to the peak or take a cogwheel train. There is even a mod station and you can hike the half of the journey. The train offers breathtaking views of the mountains with an amazing weather to look out for.