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World's steepest funicular railway opens in Switzerland

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The world's steepest funicular railway with a maximum gradient of 110% (47.7°) has opened in Switzerland in the alpine resort of Stoos (which I can't say I've previously heard of).

The barrel shaped carriages are free to rotate so that the passengers stay upright as they ascend the slope. Cool
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@Alastair Pink, fascinating - that happens to the
cars of the St Louis Arch tramway The initial heave is pretty steep - but maybe the 'tramway' is not classified as a funicular.
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 Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
@achilles, Indeed, I've ridden the St Louis Gateway Arch elevator. Fairly simple concept - you just need to have the compartment free to rotate and the weight of the compartment keeps it horizontal as it climbs up the curving track. Might be a bit uncomfortable if the rotating surfaces should ever get stuck though..... Toofy Grin
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@Alastair Pink, I've been up it two or three times. I was once en route from Washington to St Louis sat next to a friendly American. Turned out that he was a bit of an expert on fire safety, and was en route to the Arch to discuss with the operators how they would cope in the event of a fire - which made me stop and think.

As a side comment to anyone thinking of visiting St Louis - it is very worth visiting the museum at the base of the Arch. When I went I had long had the impression that America had been thrown together yesterday. Well, St Louis prides itself on being the 'gateway to the West' and the museum makes clear that, in terms of a European presence, a lot of America really was thrown together not so long ago.
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 Anyway, snowHeads is much more fun if you do.
Anyway, snowHeads is much more fun if you do.
BBC Report on the new Swiss funicular.
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