Welcome to the 'New Somerset and Dorset Railway'
Thursday, April 02, 2009
the future is now
Two shots of old Nordkettenbahn in Innsbruck, which linked Innsbruck to Hungerburg.
Two shots of Alpenzoo station, in the woods above Innsbruck, on the brand new line which replaces that in pics 1 and 2, designed by an English woman!
The line has several unusual features. It begins as an underground railway in the heart of Innsbruck, running on the level. There is a second station at city level, then a run over a brand new bridge, still on the level. It then enters another tunnel where it starts climbing steeply, emerging just before the futuristic Alpenzoo station where it switches to viaduct for the final climb into Hungerburg. There are four stations in all, probably a record for a single section funicular. The trains contain five sections in a frame which hydraulically change position depending on the gradient.
The new line has only been open from winter 2007.
If only local authorities in the UK had the same far-sighted approach to modern transport as they do in Austria! This is something that falls within the remit of the New S&D - to change the mindset of the old farts!