Rack and Pinion Mountain Railway

Made:
c. 1900 in Rigi
Rack and Pinion Mountain Railway

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Rack and Pinion Mountain Railway
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A photochrom postcard of a rack and pinion mountain railway, or cog railway, published by Photoglob, c. 1900. The photograph shows a railway climbing the Rigi mountain in Switzerland.

A photochrom postcard of a rack and pinion mountain railway, 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. Unlike a funicular railway, which is usually steeper and uses ropes or cables, the rack and pinion system has a moving locomotive.

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.

Details

Category:
Photographs
Object Number:
1990-5036/6071/6
type:
photograph
taxonomy:
  • visual and verbal communication
credit:
The Kodak Collection at the National Media Museum, Bradford