THE CAIRNGORM FUNICULAR RAILWAY

NGR NH898129

No longer Britain's newest funicular railway, but still recent, finished in 2001 it goes up the side of Cairngorm Mountain to a restaurant just 400ft below the summit. The funicular rplaced the unsightly chairlifts up that section of the mountain. The project was first suggested in the 1950's but was not constructed for financial reasons. The railway has two 48 seat carriages, which can hold 120 standing during the ski season. It has the widest track gauge of any funicular, each carriage weighs fifteen tonnes, has three brakes is 10.5 m long and 3.2m wide and are stepped into 4 compartments. Max speed is 36kph. The journey takes approx 7 min and costs 7.50 return, there is no access to the mountain unless you are skiing.

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The Track

Summer Winter

Close Up raised track Mid section Upper Section Track Carriage Lower Station Carriage Carriage

The Stats
Date Opened 24/12/2001Length 1950 m
Gradient 22° (max)Track Gauge 2m
Number of Cars 2Open to Public Yes
Funicular Type ClassicalTrack layout Single Track with Passing Siding
Power Source ElectricRailway Status Open