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Katoomba Scenic Railway
3 Sisters, Blue Mountains, Australia.
World's steepest railway
Tourist attraction

Katoomba, Blue Mountains, Australia

Katoomba Scenic Railway, Blue Mountains
Without the lush vegetation, the railway's steepness is obvious in this c1900 photo.

Hang On Tight!

It's the steepest railway in the world (Guiness Book of Records), and originally part of the Katoomba mining tramways constructed between 1878 and 1900.

The line descends through sandstone cliffs, via a rock tunnel beside Orphan Rock, then emerges to spectacular views and lush fern-filled forest.

Explorer Bus stops here

Katoomba Scenic Railway, Blue Mountains

Facts and Figures

  • Operates every 10 minutes, every day of the year.
  • Maximun gradient: 52 degrees or 1 in 0.82 or 122%.
  • Length of incline: 415 metres (1360 ft).
  • Vertical descent: 178 metres (587 ft).
  • Speed: 4 metres per second.
  • Capacity (theoretical): 840 passengers per hour.
  • Roof: metal mesh, with transparent cover in wet weather.

Bushwalkers: last valley departure time 4:55pm.


Valley terminus to Katoomba falls 20 min return walk; Landslide 60 min return. Serious bushwalkers can continue to the Ruined Castle and Mt Solitary.

Katoomba Falls Kiosk - Furber Steps - valley terminus 40 mins walk. Giant Stairway (near Three Sisters) - Federal Pass - valley terminus 90 mins. Leura Cascades - Dardanelles Pass - Federal Pass - valley terminus 4 hours. Spectacular scenery. Be prepared to descend hundreds of steps, carry drinking water.

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