Sunday, December 31, 2017

Ascending to Stoos from Schlattli

As I have said in the past, I do like a good funicular. But I haven't shown you a funicular for a while. It must be time for you to enjoy a good funicular. At our ages, a funicular once or twice a year is not a bad thing.

This one minute video is a very modern funicular, replacing an old one somewhere in Switzerland. Ok, Stoos, if you must know. The video is quite self explanatory. Interesting that each carriage rotates according to the steepness of the ascent or descent.


From the Youtube videos I watched, it looked awfully like a very steep rail line. I was all primed to say that it was not a funicular, but I know to research carefully before opening my gob, well mostly. I then came across this photo, which does rather prove it is a funicular. One goes up as the other goes down, counterweighting each other, meaning less power is needed. 


Then someone in the Youtube comments challenged 'the world's steepest funicular', saying the world's steepest funicular is just out of Sydney in Australia. I straight away knew what the person was referring to, as we have travelled on it. I think it was built a century or more ago, to transport coal? equipment? up and down the side of  what is pretty well a treeded cliff. It has been reinvented as a very popular tourist attraction in New South Wales' Blue Mountains. It has claimed the steepest incline railway in the world, but so have many others. The inconclusive research was quite an educational experience. Here is a clip of the Blue Mountains incline railway, but it is not a funicular. 

I love the thrill of the woman in the clip, and what views near the end of the two minute clip.



15 comments:

  1. Goodness that Swiss one is steep. Very steep.
    I suspect I would be anxious the whole way up. And down.

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    1. EC, at least in the carriages are self levelling. Not so on the Blue Mountain ride.

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  2. They are both scary to me.

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    1. Victor, such a thought never enters my head on such rides. Some other situations I find scary.

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  3. I'll just remain with my feet firmly planted on the ground. Not for me...I'm a sook! :)

    Happy New Year, Andrew...I hope 2018 treats you well in every way. :)

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    1. Thanks Lee. A happy 2018 to you and your pussy cats.

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  4. Oh my! My stomach flopped on that second one. I'd be okay going up the mountain, not so much coming back down:)
    Happy New Year, Andrew.

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    1. Happy New Year to you too Sandra. The problem with going up is that you do it backwards while looking down.

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  5. When researching for our trip to the blue mountains back in 2016, I found that they actually had built a rollercoaster there at Scenic World but it never became an actual rollercoaster. You can still see the track in places.

    I have been on that little train thing, Scenic World was great and I would love to go back for a far longer visit.

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    1. Snoskred, I am not familiar with Scenic World. Yes, that trip down the hill was good.

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  6. I am with Victor and Lee.. why would anyone risk their life, unless they were jumping out of a burning building and had no other choice?

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    1. Hels, I don't see it as life risking. Now para sailing and things like that, yes.

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  7. I never knew we had that steep railway. I live in a very isolated bubble it seems, knowing only what is immediately around me.

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    1. River, Blue Mountains is a wonderful place to visit, when it is not too hot and or foggy.

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