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Running from the city of Schywz to the mountain village of Stoos in Switzerland is the futuristic-looking Stoos Bahn tram, the world’s steepest funicular railway that’s now open.

Considered as a modern-day design triumph, the tram travels 1,300 meters above sea level in central Switzerland, while the barrel-shaped carriages adjust their floors so passengers can stand upright even as they climb towards the Alpine plateau at inclines of 110%. This essentially means that views of the surroundings for the 136 passengers on board will remain perfectly horizontal. Impressively, the train will climb 743 meters over a span of 1,738 meters, and at speeds of 10 meters-per-second.

Previously, the world record for the steepest funicular train was held by the Gelmerbahn at Bern, also in Switzerland, with a gradient of 106%, while it’s nearest rival is the East Hill Cliff Railway in England, boasting a gradient of 78%.

Learn more about the new railway in the video below.

In other design news, the world’s first supersonic business jet is coming soon.

Words by Renz Ofiaza
Staff Writer

scribbling by day, architect by night

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