Sunday, 8 July 2007

Scenic Railway

The Scenic Railway is said to be the steepest railway in the world with a 52 degree incline. Take a close look at the photo below. You will see the very steep rail lines and the car near the top.

Photo: Scenic Railway, Katoomba

The railway was constructed in the late 1800s to carry coal and shale out of the valley. It became a tourist attraction as early as the 1930s. The historic photograph from 1900 at infobluemountains.net.au shows the railway as it was when used for coal mining and without the vegetation around it, so gives a great view of how steep it really is.


Words to walk with:
From the Scenic World website
“Ride the steepest incline Railway in the world down to a lush and hidden valley. The 415m descent will lead you through a cliff side tunnel into ancient rainforest.”

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