World’s Steepest Funicular Railway Line Opens In Switzerland

Switzerland has always been a dream place to visit. From the mountainous regions to lakes, villages and high peaks of Alps, everything is just amazing. With the opening of world’s steepest funicular rail line, the Swiss engineering and technology has reached new heights. Recently, the Standseilbahn Schwyz-Stoos funicular railway service goes into public service in German which has been hailed as a triumph for modern engineering design.

Functioning Model

Functioning Model

This awesome railway project had a cost of $52.6 million and is equipped with a level adjusting functionality that allowing the space-age-looking carriages to remain horizontal while speeding up at the mountains and operates at up to 10 meters per second.

Opening Ceremony

Opening Ceremony

This project is due to be opened on Friday by the president of Swiss federal council, Doris Leuthard in the Alpine resort of Stoos, 1,300 meters above the sea level.

World’s Steepest Railway Line

World’s Steepest Railway Line

The train comprises of two lines of cylindrical carriages resembling the beer barrels, which will allow the passengers to stay upright all the time, even if they ascend or descend. Around 743 meters of the total length of the track has gradients as high as 110%.

Operational Path

Operational Path

It will run from the Valley Station near Schwyz into the mountain village of Stoos and can accumulate a population of 100 persons, about 30 miles (50km) south of Zurich

Historical Facts

The funicular railway line has actually replaced one of the oldest lines that had been operated since 1933. Before selecting the existing route alignment and technology, the engineers analyzed about 15 different options and successfully replaced the traditional aerial gondola funicular railway line to a gradient of 110%.
The older project ruled out because it would have to pass through an active shooting range with a maximum gradient of 106%.
And after 14 years of hard work after facing a number of challenges, finally, every Swiss individual became a proud member of the steepest journey.
Come and check the world’s steepest railway line powered by ABB technology on your own. We are sure that you will also admire the efforts of the engineers.

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