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Old 26th March 2018, 22:34
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Rack Railways in Europe

I could not find anything on this theme on the Forum. I believe that we only have the one example in the UK, the Snowdon Mountain Railway. Are there others?

I am aware of one in France which is no longer in operation but which carried passengers from sea level in Monaco to La Turbie in the hills behind the principality. I have pulled together a short history of the line and as many photographs of it in operation as I can find.

https://rogerfarnworth.wordpress.com...de-provence-15


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Old 27th March 2018, 11:32
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Yes, I think Snowdon Mountain Railway is the only one in the UK. There are some in Austria & Switzerland, but not sure if there are any others around Europe.

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Old 9th April 2018, 08:26
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Just come across this reference on the Narrow Gauge Enthusiasts Group on Facebook.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C5%A0...a_rack_railway
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Hmm, I was just about to jump in with both feet and nominate the Snaefell mountain railway in the Isle of Man, but fortunately I checked first. (wonkypedia link here..Snaefell mountain railway.)

I knew it had a centre rail, and having never ridden on it just assumed it was rack & pinion.

According to web sources, the centre rail is for emergency braking but not for traction.

Well at least I saved myself a public drubbing. Phew !

BW.

Edit: I've just been informed by SWMBO that the IOM isn't part of the UK, so it wouldn't have counted anyway. Oh dear.

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Old 9th April 2018, 15:56
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No need to worry. The Isle of Man is part of Europe, I think?
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Old 13th April 2018, 12:35
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Yes, I think Snowdon Mountain Railway is the only one in the UK. There are some in Austria & Switzerland, but not sure if there are any others around Europe.

Tony

The Snowdon Mountain Railway .....

https://www.snowdonrailway.co.uk

https://www.snowdonrailway.co.uk/journey-to-the-summit
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Old 13th April 2018, 12:58
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The Brienz-Rothorn Bahn is a delightful railway in Switzerland

https://rogerfarnworth.wordpress.com...hn-switzerland

And is this model based on it?

https://youtu.be/Th8r_Zlt_So
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Old 16th April 2018, 17:56
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My wife and I travelled along the The Rochers-de-Naye Line from Montreux in Switzerland in 2004 ..........

https://rogerfarnworth.wordpress.com...s-de-naye-line
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Old 21st April 2018, 21:34
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Another 800mm rack railway ........ the Schynige Platte Rack Railway near Interlaken in Switzerland

https://rogerfarnworth.wordpress.com...en-switzerland
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