Katoomba Scenic Railway
The original Katoomba Scenic Railway web site - online since 1997.
3 Sisters, Blue Mountains, Australia.
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Katoomba Scenic Railway, Blue Mountains, Australia

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 rainforest.

Left: Without the lush vegetation, the railway's steepness is obvious in this c1900 photo. At the time, it was dual track.

Explorer Bus - Stop 11

Katoomba Scenic Railway, Blue Mountains, Australia

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Virtual Reality
Take a "virtual reality" ride on the Katoomba Scenic Railway. 
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Facts and Figures

  • Operates every 10 minutes, every day of the year.
  • Maximum gradient: 52 degrees or 1 in 0.82 or 122%.
  • 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 incline.

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