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Swiss claim record for the longest passenger train in the world

GENEVA (AP) — A Swiss rail company snagged the record for the world’s longest passenger train on Saturday with a trip on one of the most spectacular routes through the Alps.

The Rhaetian Railway company operated the 1.9 kilometer long (1.2 mile long) train consisting of 100 cars along the Albula/Bernina route from Preda to Berguen.

The route was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008 and passes through 22 tunnels, some of which wind through the mountains, and 48 bridges, including the curved Landwasser Viaduct.

The whole trip took over an hour. Rail enthusiasts lined up in the valley to watch the 25 sections of the train meander some 25 kilometers (15.5 miles) through the Alps.

Rhaetian Railways director Renato Fasciati said the record attempt was meant to highlight some of Switzerland’s technical achievements and to celebrate 175 years of Swiss railways.



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