Rollercoaster Railway: World’s Steepest Funicular Zooms Through the Swiss Snow

What if the entire journey on a rollercoaster consisted solely
of the part where you’re slowly inching your way to a peak,
holding your breath, waiting for the drop and speed that never
comes? As a passenger on the world’s steepest funicular,
located in Switzerland, you aren’t exactly in for a dramatic
and adventurous ride; your viewpoint of the surroundings will
remain perfectly perpendicular thanks to the rotating
cylindrical passenger carriages, and it never goes particularly
fast. But nevertheless, the Stoos Bahn Tram is an experience to
remember, showing off the mountain scenery from unprecedented

Traveling from Schywz to the mountains village of Stoos, which
is set 1,300 meters (4,265 feet) above sea level in central
Switzerland, the Stoos Bahn Tram follows the peaks and valleys,
making its length look a whole lot like a white-knuckle
attraction at an amusement park. But it traverses its 1,738
meter length (just over a mile) at speeds of 22 miles per hour,
gently bobbing up and down as its passengers remain upright, no
matter how steep the sections become.

And they do get steep. The journey reaches inclines of 110
percent, smashing a previous world record for the steepest
funicular belonging to the Gelmergahn in Bern, Switzerland,
which reached 106 percent. It took 14 years and $52.6 million
to complete the project, which was officially launched in
mid-December 2017.

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