The revolutionary invention of Europe’s first mountain railway

J. F. Alonso

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The oldest mountain railway in Europe has just turned 150 years old. On May 21, 1871, he led a group of lucky ones for the first time near the top of Mount Rigi in the Swiss Alps. The ascent to ‘The Queen of the Mountains’ was a sensation for the time and for this place in central Europe, which became an essential destination for the first travelers to the continent. By 1874, it was already transporting more than 50,000 people each year.

The train to Mount Rigi leads to one of the most impressive peaks in Switzerland, much smaller (1,797 m) than others, such as the Jungfrau (4,158 m) or the Pilatus (2,128 m), but with an envied panorama

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