Glacier Express rack & pinion railway, Zermatt to St. Moritz, Switzerland, Alps, Europe.
Playfully, Switzerland advertises the Glacier Express as "the slowest express train in the world." Opened in 1930, this narrow gauge railway connects the mountain resorts of Zermatt and St. Moritz in the Swiss Alps, from the Matterhorn to Piz Bernina, frequently applying a rack-and-pinion system to go up and down steep grades. An especially curlycue portion of the Glacier Express route is honored as a UNESCO World Heritage Site: the "Rhaetian Railway in the Albula / Bernina Landscapes". Jointly operated by the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn (MGB) and Rhaetian Railway (RhB), the 7.5 hour railway journey crosses 291 bridges, enters 91 tunnels and reaches 2033 m (6670 ft) elevation at Oberalp Pass.Add to Cart Add to Lightbox Download