Finally, an assisted train I have travelled on. Well, it is a bit like a train. It is at times described as a funicular, but I don't think it is. It is in New South Wales Blue Mountains near Katoomba. It was built to lift coal up from the valley below to then be moved perhaps by train or bullock and dray. This photo shows it among the denuded landscape in earlier days. As you can see in the video, the vegetation is now lush. It is the steepest railway in the world and opened in 1900. By the late 1920s it was already being used by tourists. It is good fun to travel on, if a little hairy. I think I've been on it three times.