About the Matterhorn Gotthard Railway

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The Matterhorn Gotthard Railway is part of the BVZ Group. This includes 10 subsidiaries - among them the top tourist brands: the Gornergrat Railway and the Glacier Express.

The Matterhorn Gotthard Railway is located in the heart of the Alps. It runs from Zermatt to Disentis and from Andermatt to Göschenen. The line network has a length of 144 kilometres. During its travels it overcomes a total of 3,300 meters in altitude, passes through 33 tunnels and galleries, and crosses 126 bridges. The lowest point on the journey is Visp at 625 meters above sea level. The highest point is on the Oberalp Pass at 2,033 meters above sea level.

overview of the entire route network of the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn, from Zermatt till Disentis

Facts and figures about the Matterhorn Gotthard Railway

  • Gauge width: 1,000 mm

  • Number of stations and stops: 44

  • Number of bridges: 126

  • Longest bridge: 176 m, the Rhone bridge - east exit from Brig

  • Highest bridge: 48 m, the Grengiols viaduct

  • Cogwheel track: 39.7 km on 13 sections

  • Gear system: Abt system

  • Strongest gradient: 179 per mill

  • Number of vehicles: 378 locomotives, passenger and freight cars

  • Number of employees: 672

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The Matterhorn Gotthard Railway as an employer

The Matterhorn Gotthard Railway employs around 670 people. The employees are at the heart of the BVZ Group's success. With us you will find a variety of jobs in the different areas of the company:

Train attendants of the Matterhorn Gotthard Railway in the new service dresses
The Matterhorn Gotthard Railway as an employer

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The history of the Matterhorn Gotthard Railway

The Matterhorn Gotthard Railway originated towards the end of the 19th century when an application was first submitted for the construction and operation of a railway line from Visp to Zermatt. Out of three railway companies in the Alps – the Schöllenen Railway, the Furka Oberalp Bahn and the Brig - Visp - Zermatt Bahn one company was formed in 2003 – the Matterhorn Gotthard Railway. The ‘MGBahn Historic Association’ is dedicated to the preservation of historic rolling stock from the Visp - Zermatt Railway, the Furka Oberalp Railway and the Matterhorn Gotthard Railway.

Historic ski train on the Gornergrat
From the Visp-Zermatt Railway to the BVZ Holding AG

The history of the Matterhorn Gotthard Railway

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Sustainability at the Matterhorn Gotthard Railway

The topic of sustainability and saving electricity is on everyone's lips. What the Matterhorn Gotthard Railway is doing about sustainability:

Polaris, Orion and HGE of the Matterhorn Gotthard Railway at the Glisergrund depot

Our initiatives for the world of tomorrow

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