Monday, June 14, 2010

Rack & Pinion Railway

The Maxi card with the 80c stamp features the rack and pinion railway system developed by the Basle engineer Niklaus Riggenbach (1817 – 1899). The smooth functioning of his invention was demonstrated when Europe’s first rack railway, from Vitznau up to Rigi, was opened in 1871. Riggenbach’s technical principle i.e. the locking of a cogwheel into a toothed track ensured the highest possible degree of safety, even at gradients of 1 in 4. The stamp shows one of the first cogwheel steam locomotives on the Vitznau – Rigi Railway, now at the Swiss Transport Museum in Lucerne. This interesting card was sent to me by My Generous Indian Friend in Switzerland (MGIFS)

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