Text and Photos Michel Azéma

Funiculars of Switzerland

CG - Cossonay Gare-Ville
Vaud


(photo Michel Azéma May 1998)
Description
Cossonay is a very pleasant village located at about 130 meters above the railway Lausanne-Vallorbe/Yverdon. In 1897 a funicular was opened between the village and the railway station. It was first a water counterbalance funicular. In 1969 it was transformed to be automatic but still with water as energy.

In 1982 a complete renovation: it was transformed in an electric funicular with new cabins, later a new system with two cables (one tractor and one for the tension), new engine, new stations and completely automatic.
 
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Technical Datas


 
 Start
1897
End
 ...
 Status
Type of funicular
Type of tracks
Type of energy
Bottom station
Cossonay Gare (432 m)
Top station
Cossonay Ville (567 m)
Length
1228 m
Difference of levels
135 m
Maximum Gradient
12,8 %
Gauge
1 m
Speed
4,5 m/s
 Cabins making
 Gangloff, Bern
Manufacturer
Doppelmayr-Von Roll

 

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