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Wednesday, 03 January 2018 00:00

Riding the World’s Steepest Funicular Railway

Residents of Pittsburgh's Mt. Washington neighborhood routinely use cable cars to commute to and from work. Those who frequent the Bunker Hill neighborhood of Los Angeles often hitch a $1 ride on the Angel's Flight funicular from the top of the hill to Grand Central Market below.

One look at the railway known as the Stoosbahn, which links the village of Stoos with the mountain above it, and those squeamish about heights just might opt to schuss or slowly hike their way down the mountainside rather that hitching a ride on the funicular, a cable-based train that transports people along steep surfaces. 

The Stoosbahn is said to be the steepest railway of its kind in the world. Like other funicular railways, the Stoosbahn is specially designed to keep passengers in a normal, upright sitting position. Where other cable cars simply angle in the seats, though, the Stoosbahn's train uses a self-tilting mechanism that adjust accordingly to the changing grade.

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