funicular Châtelard - Château d'Eau
was built in 1920 to carry heavy materials for
the Barberine dam erected by the CFF (Chemins
de Fers Fédéreaux) near the french
border between Chamonix (France) and Martigny
(Switzerland) in the canton of Valais.
1935 the funicular was opened to the public and
closed in 1968. Trains Touristiques d'Emosson
SA was created in 1974 to save the funicular from
funicular reopened in 1975 and the Petit Train
Panoramique d'Emosson opened the same year.
fact Train Touristique d'Emosson SA is operating
three interesting railways:
the funicular Châtelard - Château
the Petit Train Panoramique d'Emosson (which is
a 60 cm gauge train),
(which is a small funicular which brings the tourists
from the end of the train at the bottom of the
dam up to the Emosson lake).
funicular Châtelard - Château d'eau
is one of the steepest funiculars of Switzerland
(maximum gradient of 87%). It is the steepest
funicular of Switzerland with 2 alternative cabins
and a siding. It is certainly the most attractive
and impressive funicular I have ever ridden.