Uphill capacity isn’t the only consideration, but this lift
may win the dubious award of “Highest expense per passenger”. General trams, with only two cabins are high
expense and low capacity. But at least these give great views. This lift has
one train, runs close to the ground and in a tunnel. At $52 mill., I don’t get
Switzerland unveils world's steepest funicular railway
Rob Hodgetts, CNN • Updated 15th December 2017
(CNN) — It looks like a string of giant hamster wheels, but the world's
steepest funicular railway is being hailed for its revolutionary design.
The cabins on the 52 million-Swiss franc ($52.6 million) funicular
in the Swiss alpine resort of Stoos resemble rotating drums that keep
passengers level as the gradient changes.
The 1,720-meter track will run from the valley floor near Schwyz
to car-free Stoos, which sits on a lofty plateau beneath the Fronalpstock
mountain at 1,300 meters (4,300 feet) near Lake Lucerne.
The track, which travels through the mountainside for part of its
journey, rises 743 meters along gradients as steep as 110%.
Each of the four cabins can carry 34 people at a speed of 10
meters per second.
The line replaces an older funicular which had been in operation
"After 14 years of planning and building, everyone is very
proud of this train," said Ivan Steiner, a spokesman for the railway,
which opens to the public Sunday.
The previous steepest funicular was the Gelmerbahn, with a
gradient of 106%, which climbs to the Gelmersee lake in the Bern region of