Category: Rack railway

  • Pilatus posters #2

    Hyde Park Now-Pilatus posters #2

    From its beginnings in 1889, the Pilatus railway was a huge success. The initial goal of 15,000 passenger trips per year was broken in its first year when 37,000 passengers were transported. The 48% steepness of the Pilatus railway was a big draw but because of the steepness of the climb and the fact the […]

  • Pilatus posters

    Hyde Park Now-Pilatus posters

    No not the highly praised small aircraft but the mountain instead! The vast range of Swiss transport posters is immensely fascinating. They’re no doubt meant to entice visitors to the Alps but they too are a class in their own right in terms of transport history, for they tell us much about the many different […]

  • Driving thro rail tunnels for fun!

    Hyde Park Now-Driving thro rail tunnels for fun!

    Whilst discussing the Gotthard Bahn the other week I got this idea for a couple of ‘road trips’ through some railway tunnels. Generally no-one can just drive cars through any railway tunnels, but what I am about to discuss is very different! Take for example the Schöllenen railway. Some of you will know this metre […]

  • A Welsh mountain railway’s Catalonia twin

    Hyde Park Now-A Welsh mountain railway’s Catalonia twin

    It’s often been thought the locomotives for the Snowdon Mountain Railway were a one-off batch from the SLM works at Winterthur, Switzerland. However further locomotives were built alongside the 1922 and 1923 builds for Snowdon (No.6 Sir Harmood/Padarn, No.7 Aylwyn/Ralph and No.8 Eryri) and these additional builds were acquired by a noted Spanish rack railway […]