Giessbachbahn funicular

The Giessbachbahn (GbB) is a historic funicular in the Swiss canton of Berne and municipality of Brienz. It links a landing stage on Lake Brienz, served by shipping services on the lake, to the Grand Hotel Giessbach and Giessbach Falls above. The funicular is owned by the hotel, but since 1983 has been operated by a preservation foundation.

Overview

The funicular, opened in 1879, was the first Swiss funicular to be built specifically for the transport of tourists. It has a length of Шаблон:Convert and overcomes a vertical distance of Шаблон:Convert with a maximum gradient of 32%. There are two wooden cars dating from 1879, operating on a single track of Шаблон:RailGauge track with a central passing loop and a Riggenbach rack rail for braking purposes. Originally operated by water ballast, the funicular is now electrically operated and a single journey takes 2 minutes.

Operation

The line has the following parameters:

Number of cars 2
Number of stops 2
Configuration Single track with passing loop
Track length Шаблон:Convert
Rise Шаблон:Convert
Maximum gradient 32%
Track gauge Шаблон:RailGauge
Speed Шаблон:Convert
Journey time 4 mins
Capacity 40 passengers per car; 480 persons in each direction per hour

See also

  • List of funicular railways
  • List of funiculars in Switzerland

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