engineering careers  World’s steepest railway opens – The Schwyz-Stoos funicular
engineering careers  World’s steepest railway opens – The Schwyz-Stoos funicular

The world’s steepest funicular line has opened at the Alpine resort of Stoos in Switzerland.

The Schwyz-Stoos funicular (Standseilbahn Schwyz-Stoos in German) railway can climb a 110% gradient and cost an estimated €44.6m. The railway went into public service last Sunday and has been hailed as a triumph of modern design engineering.

It will be used to connect to the car-free mountain village Stoos and sets a new world record for the steepest railway in the world.

The Schwyz-Stoos funicular – The Stats

Length (km) 1.74
Capacity (pphpd) 1,500
Speed (m/s) 10
Trip time (minutes) 3-5
Engine (hp) 1,360
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