View Full Version : The Steepest Passenger Railway on Earth
06-08-2001, 06:00 PM
It may have a max speed of 10 MPH, but the Lookout Mountain Incline Railway is the steepest passenger railway on the planet. The grade near the top is 72.7%, which is where it breaks the record. It may not be fast or thrilling, but I really enjoyed this and found it to be quite scary looking almost straight down towards the ground 1000 feet below. I took a lot of photos including many POVs, and I posted a lot of them in a Feature on this at my website. The link is in my sig if you want to see them. Has anyone else been on this?
06-10-2001, 12:29 AM
What is a passenger railway???
06-10-2001, 01:49 AM
It's a railway for passengers.
06-10-2001, 11:12 PM
Man I wish I could ride it again (I was only 5 or 6 when I rode it about ten to eleven years ago.
06-10-2001, 11:14 PM
For some reason, I found that article extremely interesting. Keep up the good work.
06-10-2001, 11:36 PM
Impressive. I have been through this city many times and have saw signs for it but never went there. Looks like Ill be making a trip there sometime!
06-21-2001, 09:19 AM
i live in chattanooga TN which is where it is located. i have been on it many times. i live going on it. it was kind of scary when i went on it the first time when i was young. i am 16 now. alot of school field trips are to lookout mountain. this is a beutiful city! everybody needs to come and ride this. <IMG SRC="/phpBB/images/smiles/icon_smile.gif">
06-21-2001, 09:23 AM
sorry for the double post. i meant to say i LOVE going on it. sorry i cant type well. if my memory is correct they used it in the cival war.
06-21-2001, 11:45 AM
that thing looks cool. are you secure inside or can you fall out?
06-21-2001, 04:41 PM
There are no seat belts or anything. You could fall out if you tried, and if they had the front window open, which I believe they usually do.
06-23-2001, 06:44 PM
I was in Switzerland a month ago, in Lauterbrunnen they have an inclined railway ( the train is also tilted). It was freaking scary. Looking down the mountain about a mile or two at what must have been 50 degrees (probably not the steepest). Amazing scenery. The have crazy trains and cable cars and chairlifts all over the place.
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