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World’s Steepest Funicular Railway Opens in Stoos, Switzerland

This looks absolutely terrifying, but also irresistible.

Last summer, I nearly had a panic attack on the Funicular that takes you up Monte Igueldo in San Sebastian, Spain. After seeing this video, however, my ride in Basque country all seems pretty G rated.

Nice write-up from designboom.

the world’s steepest funicular railway is now in service and is being hailed as a triumph in modern design engineering. running from schywz to the mountain village of stoos, in switzerland, the €44.6m tram will travel 1,300 metres above sea level at an incline of 110 per cent.

the stoos bahn tram which consists of two lines of cylindrical carriages features a level-adjusting function allowing each 34-passenger cabin to rotate as they incline. this means that for the 136 passengers on board, views of the mountainous surroundings will remain perfectly horizontal.

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