The Katoomba Scenic Railway is the sole
surviving cable railway in the Blue Mountains. At 52º, it is also the steepest incline
railway in the world. More info...
Originally, it was part of a network
which connected mines at Katoomba, the Ruined Castle, and Megalong Valley with the main
railway line at Katoomba.
Take a virtual reality
ride into the Jamison Valley!
Shale mining operations at Hartley Vale
included two cable inclines. A track runs into the bush just south of the Hartley
Vale turnoff on Darling Causeway. Following the railway formation, it ends near the
top of the main incline.
Aerial cableway. The winding house was located in the southeast corner of what is
now Fairmont Resort and apparently descended into the valley via the Lawtons
Creek gorge. The mine was shortlived. The cableway equipment was moved
to Katoomba, & strung across the Jamison Valley to the Ruined
Castle shale mine. It collapsed after a short period of operation.
Mount Victoria: Blair Athol No. 2 Colliery
You can climb down the incline into the pit.
Mount Victoria: Chert Incline
The tramway incline was built in 1924 and
operated by the Mount Victoria Chert Road Metal & Timber Co. Ltd. Remains are
A spur line was run from the main line near the eastern portal of
old Glenbrook tunnel to the edge of Glenbrook Gorge, where a
cable incline descended to the works site. The spur line route is now a walking
track which crosses Explorers Rd just below the primary school. Bushwalkers can
easily find the remains of the winding house and incline, both of which are signposted.
Excellent views of Glenbrook Gorge are also available.
Near Mt Sinai, a construction siding and dual track funicular
railway were built to provide access to a point between tunnels 9 and 10 on the Lithgow Zig Zag deviation.