Swiss Funicular

TomWhiteTomWhite expert
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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%.

World's steepest funicular railway Stoos

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
since 1933.

"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


  • JimKJimK advanced
    Posts: 243
    Pretty cool.  Did you see the one it replaced:

    If this is the only way for the car free village to bring in tourists and residents all year, then I guess it makes economic sense and will be used for many decades, eventually recouping costs.
  • ciscokidciscokid expert
    Posts: 1,875
    I'm surprised old Ibrake4tbars with the Swiss Hertage has not chimed in yet this is really slow his boat float and he should join us up in northern Michigan in a month or I will be very upset
  • edited December 2017 Posts: 1,037
    I’ve been on funiculars in Switzerland. Last one I rode was in St. Moritz. They’re interesting but I guess surface lifts really float my boat!
  • ME2VTskierME2VTskier advanced
    Posts: 115
    It has two trains. I watched the uTube of ride yesterday, and there is a parrellel set of passing tracks halfway up.
  • ME2VTskierME2VTskier advanced
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  • LiftGuyLiftGuy advanced
    Posts: 147

    About the 3 minute mark...

    Great video. Impressive installation!

  • TomWhiteTomWhite expert
    Posts: 525

    I stand corrected, there are two
    trains. Where they pass the cables split, so there's one cable per train. I
    looked at a few other videos. It is impressive. One shows them testing the
    cabins swivel as the incline increases. I didn’t find one that showed how
    trains are attached/run along the cable.

  • ski_itski_it expert
    Posts: 1,886

    It is still probably only one cable in a loop. I thought that was the point, to somewhat counterbalance the load with each train.

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  • TomWhiteTomWhite expert
    Posts: 525

    Thanks, I did see that video (and again). I’m not familiar
    with funicular propulsion. No video I saw showed pulleys or motors.

  • ski_itski_it expert
    Posts: 1,886
    Me neither and I rode one back in July. Ok except what I read on Wiki. 1st one was in 1515. Some that still operate date to the 1880s.
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