Katoomba Scenic Railway
original Katoomba Scenic Railway web site - online since 1997.
Mountains Tourist Attraction
& figures, History, Virtual reality
Hang On Tight!
It's the steepest railway in the world (Guinness
Book of Records), and originally part of the Katoomba mining tramways constructed between
1878 and 1900.
The funicular railway line descends through sandstone cliffs, via a
rock tunnel beside Orphan Rock, then emerges to spectacular views and lush fern-filled
Left: Without the lush vegetation, the railway's steepness is obvious in
this c1900 photo. At the time, it was dual track.
CityRail & tourist railways
Katoomba Town Info
Bushwalking (hiking) Page
a "virtual reality" ride on the Katoomba Scenic Railway.
Facts and Figures
- Operates every 10 minutes, every day of the year.
- Maximum gradient: 52 degrees or 1 in 0.82 or
- Length of incline: 415 metres (1360 ft).
- Vertical descent: 178 metres (587 ft).
- Speed: 4 metres per second.
- Capacity (theoretical): 840 passengers per hour.
- Roof: metal mesh, with transparent cover in wet weather.
- Type: Variously known as an incline railway/railroad, funicular railway, cable railway or cable
Links and Inquiries
cliff lift, cliff elevator,
inclined plane, funicular railroad, people mover, haulage way, cable tram
world's steepest funicular railway, world's steepest railroad, worlds