View Full Version : Pilatusbahn - steepest railway in the world discussion

09-07-2005, 08:35 AM
This is a discussion thread for the following file:<br><br><b><a href=http://www.googleearthhacks.com/dlfile6628/Pilatusbahn---steepest-railway-in-the-world.htm>Pilatusbahn - steepest railway in the world</a></b><br><br>The Pilatus Bahn near Luzern (Switzerland) is the steepest railway in the world. To climt the maximum gradient of 48 % it uses a special rack rail system.<br />
The kmz.-file shows the stations and line of this famous railway.<br />
Additionally I featured two placemarks which show the scenic views from Pilatus Kulm down onto Luzern, the Vierwaldstätter See and the Rigi and towards the High Alps. Another placemark shows the Pilatus seen from the Rigi.<br />
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Links to interesting pages about the railway<br><br><img src=http://www.googleearthhacks.com/images/new/080505/476652Clipboard16.jpg>

09-07-2005, 08:44 AM
Hello everybody!
As you can in the Pilatusbahn-kmz the summit station is not at the highest point of the Pilatus mountain. In fact it isn't in reality too, but in my file it looks as if the railway is descending a bit before reaching the station.

I placed the placemarks and the line with an overlay from a Swiss air photo page: first an overlay that covered a larger area, so that I could adjust it to the lakes and streets and then more detailled overlays for the area of the line. Because of that I think the position of the summit station shoud be correct, also becaus the overlays fitted well with forests etc.
Are the google elevation datas that incorrect or have such a bad resolution? Or does the google (bad-resolution) photo not mach exactly with the elevation.

One remark about the drawing of lines:
On my computer sometimes some streches of the line were not displayed. Both when looking vertically or tilted. Is it because of the many points of the line???

Best wishes from Munich,