Text and Photos Martin Schönherr

Roller coaster from wilderness

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Tyssedal
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The funicular (1)
The funicular (2)
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 Mågelibanen
Tyssedal, Norway
Technical informations
   
Operation :

Operating engineers are needed at both stations to run the line. They communicate via telephone. The cables for phone and electric power are supported by posts fixed besides the trestle. While the cars are running a red blinking light shows that no one may enter the line. The cars have no driver. But there is a communication device in every car, that allows to activate emergency brakes etc. by passengers. The buttons are labelled norwegian, english and german.

As in most public services during holidays students work at this facility as operating enginieers.

Places of interest in the surroundings :

High above of Ringedalsvatn at the edge of the Hardangervidda a diving board like corbel reaches in the abyss. The rock seems to be much more impressive than Prekestolen as it is quite lean an long.

The museum in Tyssedal power station dedicates to the workers history of this industrial region.

Just opposite of Tyssedal Folgefonn tunnel leads from Odda to Gjerde. The Tunnel is one of Norways extra long road tunnels (although shorter than the tunnel between Aurland and Lærdal).

 
   
Around the window, note the spotlight, the loudspeaker and the video camera and through the window... note the lovely blonde student who keeps one's eyes open to the funicular ! (M.A.)
 
 
 
 
 
     
Technical Datas  
Start
1911
Reconstruction
1957-1958
Modernization
1988
Status
Type of funicular
Type of tracks
Energy
Bottom station
Skjeggedal (430 m)
Top station
Mågelitopp (860 m)
Length
965 m
Gauge
0,6 m
Diff of levels
415 m
Minimum Gradient
 20 %
Maximum Gradient
100 %
Number of cars
2
Maximum Speed
1,3 m/s
 
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5770 Tyssedal
Norway

Telefon: (+47) 53 65 30 00
Telefaks: (+47) 53 65 30 01
firmapost@tyssefaldene.no

 

 

Oldissue index
 
Tyssedal
Presentation
Location
The funicular (1)
The funicular (2)
Technical infos
 
Thank to
Martin Schoenherr
for this article about this very unknown norwegian funicular.
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