Funicular railway

c. 1900 in Rigi

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Funicular railway, about 1900 A Photochrom reproduction of a colour photograph of a cogwheel railway on the Rigi mountain in Switzerland
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A photochrom postcard of a cogwheel railway published by Photoglob, c. 1900. The photograph shows a railway climbing the Rigi mountain in Switzerland.

A photochrom postcard of a furnicular or cogwheel railway, published by Photoglob, c. 1900.

The photograph shows a railway running up the Rigi mountain in Switzerland. Rigi has the first mountain railway built in Europe, built by the engineer Niklaus Riggenbach (1817-1899) in 1870.

The photochrom process was a form of photolithographic colour printing developed around 1900. The process was used widely to produce scenic and tourist views and for reproductions in art books.


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The Kodak Collection at the National Media Museum, Bradford

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