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New Scenic Railway, Katoomba

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by Nadine Cresswell-Myatt (subscribe)
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Published April 1st 2013
The world's steepest ride just got steeper

Already the steepest graded public railway in the world the Scenic Railway in the Blue Mountains just got a whole lot steeper.

It is not that they have changed the track although they have built new platforms at either end and changed the carriages to the brightest of red and there is now a see-through roof.

But the big thing is that you can now tilt your seat right up to the 'Cliffhanger' position at 64. This is only for the brave.

The slope is already 52-degrees and plunges through an 80-metre tunnel and when you get out the other side it is as if you are free falling over the forest canopy. The thought of an Indiana Jones action sequence has crossed many a mind as you hurtle out of the tunnel into one of the world's steepest railway descents.

The new features are part of the 30 million dollar upgrade. And you don't have to be all that brave as you can tilt your seat the other way so you don't get the full brunt of action before your eyes.

And the new innovations are all part of the evolving history of this amazing railway.

It all started back in the 1920's when there was the new craze of bushwalking.

After walkers did the steep descent down in the Jamison valley they would often hitch a lift back on Katoomba Colliery's cable-hauled coal skip.

The miners soon saw the chance to make a buck and created Jessie, a 12-seater wooden car named after the mine manager's wife.

Since 1945, the railway has carried about 25 million passengers and it is now the smooth red rider just built for the next generation of thrill seekers.

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Why? To ride the world's steepest passenger train
When: Scenic World is open daily from 9am-5pm. Last ticket sales at 4:45pm.
Where: Corner Violet Street & Cliff Drive, Katoomba
Cost: A return ride on all Scenic World attractions. Adult: $39.00 Child (4-13yrs): $16.00 Family $94.00
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I never had you down as a train spotter Nadine :-)
by Dave Walsh (score: 4|11291) 2483 days ago
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