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Turmbergbahn cars at passing loop
Upper station from above
Looking down the line
Interior of upper station

The Turmbergbahn is a funicular railway in Karlsruhe in Germany. It is the oldest operating funicular in Germany. From Karlsruhe's former center Durlach, the line climbs the Turmberg, which on a clear day provides a lookout point with views of the Rhine Valley, the Palatinate forest and the adjacent parts of Alsace.[1][2]

The line first opened in 1888 by the Turmbergbahn Durlach AG, and its original form used the water ballast system of propulsion, similar to that still used by the Nerobergbahn in Wiesbaden. Operation of the funicular was interrupted twice during World War II, once near the beginning, and again from 1945 to 1946. The line was comprehensively rebuilt in 1966, and the water ballast drive was replaced by a conventional electric drive. It is now run by the Verkehrsbetriebe Karlsruhe, the operator of Karlsruhe's trams.[3]

The funicular has the following technical parameters:[1][4]

  • Length: 315 metres (1,033 ft)
  • Height: 100 metres (328 ft)
  • Maximum steepness: 36.2 %
  • Configuration: single track with passing loop
  • Journey time: 3 minutes
  • Cars: 2
  • Capacity: 52 passengers per car
  • Track gauge: 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 38 in)
  • Traction: Electricity

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  1. ^ a b Eisenbahnatlas Deutschland. Verlag Schweers + Wall GmbH. 2009. p. 160. ISBN 978-3-89494-139-0.
  2. ^ "Turmbergbahn - Älteste Standseilbahn Deutschlands" [Turmbergbahn - Oldest funicular railway in Germany] (in German). Karlsruher Verkehrsverbundes. Retrieved 2011-02-16.
  3. ^ "Turmbergbahn". funiculars.net. Retrieved February 25, 2007.
  4. ^ "Lift-Database : Karlsruhe-Durlach : Turmbergbahn". Lift-World.info. Retrieved February 25, 2007.

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Coordinates: 48°59′52.34″N 8°28′59.92″E / 48.9978722°N 8.4833111°E / 48.9978722; 8.4833111