A section of the Pilatus-Bahnen's unique cogwheel-and-rack mechanism is on display in the Alpnachstad station. It was invented by Eduard Locher (1840-1910), a Swiss railroad engineer who developed the double-rack system in response to government concerns about the safety of existing cogwheel systems on a mountain that was known for its high winds.In the Locher System, a flange or disc below each cogwheel keeps the wheel from lifting off the rack when the train is buffeted by winds. This system has been used on the Pilatus railway since it opened for business on June 4, 1889. (The original wooden cars were powered by steam; the railroad was electrified in 1937 .)
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