View Full Version : The Steepest Passenger Railway on Earth

06-08-2001, 05:00 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?

06-09-2001, 11:29 PM
What is a passenger railway???

06-10-2001, 12:49 AM
It's a railway for passengers.

06-10-2001, 10:12 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, 10:14 PM
For some reason, I found that article extremely interesting. Keep up the good work.

06-10-2001, 10:36 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, 08:19 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, 08:23 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, 10:45 AM
that thing looks cool. are you secure inside or can you fall out?

06-21-2001, 03:41 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, 05:44 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.