Commemorations

Dampflok.7, 1873. Foto/Photo: Rigibahnen AG

Mount Rigi Railways 150 Years

Number double 007, no just number 7, but just as legendary. To commemorate the 150th Anniversary of Mount Rigi Railways (Rigi Bahnen AG), the steam locomotive Number 7 will be restored and brought back into operation in 2021.

On May 21st, 2021, exactly 150 years after its maiden voyage, the locomotive will make the journey up the Rigi, the Queen of the Mountains, from Vitznau to Rigi Kulm.

This day in May was the first step towards establishing the modern-day Mount Rigi Railways (Rigi Bahnen AG).

From June to October, the company will be operating exclusive departures with Steam Locomotive number 7 for the general public.

The engineer Niklaus Riggenbach (1817-1899) built Europe’s first mountain railway in 1871, connecting Vitznau with Rigi Kulm, after he had patented his innovative cog-railway concept in 1863 in France.

The railways celebrate this momentous occasion in the history of Switzerland and in the foundation of alpine tourism by organizing a variety of programs and events throughout the year.

(Source and further information: www.rigi.ch/en).