The Pilatus Cogwheel railway is one of the landmarks of Lucerne in the heart of Switzerland, and riding on the railway is a cherished experience for visitors. The world’s steepest cogwheel railway takes passengers from Carl F. Bucherer’s home city up to the peak of its famous mountain, known as Pilatus. One of the railcars is now marked with the golden emblem of Carl F. Bucherer, which will be accompanying the railway on its journey to the summit of Pilatus for the next three years. Built at the end of the nineteenth century, the Pilatus cogwheel railway remains a masterpiece of technology to this day. With a maximum incline of 48 percent, the railway is a true expression of Swiss engineering skill and the product of an ambitious vision. Two horizontally turning cogwheels were developed to enable the train to make it up this particularly steep incline. The two wheels mesh precisely in the middle of the rail and have been providing excellent reliability and safety during the journey up and down the mountain for over 125 years. It is essential that all the individual parts function together perfectly – that they run like clockwork.
The train carried its first passengers up Pilatus in 1889, just one year after Carl F. Bucherer founded his family company down in the city. “We are proud to enter into a partnership with one of the most important landmarks of our home city, and one that was born of the same spirit as our own brand,” commented Sascha Moeri, CEO of Carl F. Bucherer. “The desire and drive to consistently overcome technical challenges with groundbreaking innovations is something that the Pilatus cogwheel railway and Carl F. Bucherer both share.”