Suchard chocolate factory



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Certainly the most unknown and mysterious funicular of Switzerland!

I was built at the end of the XIXth century to link the bottom of the Serrieres dale to the Jura-simplon train station. The Serrieres dale was full of industrial factories and since 1826, the main factory was the Suchard chocolate factory created by Philippe Suchard.

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Suchard chocolate factory funicular




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Technical Datas
Start June 2, 1892
End August 1954
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Bottom station Vallon de Serrières (453,8 m)
Top station Gare de Serrières (482 m)
Length 54,70 m
Difference of levels 28,20 m
Maximum gradient 60 %
Number of carriages 2
Weight of a carriage 3500 kg
Tank volume 3500 liters
Total weight 7000 kg
Payload 3 trolleys of 800 kg each = 2400 kg
Diameter of the main pulley 2,50 m
Volume of water necessary to move the carriage 600 liters
Speed 1,5 m/s
Gauge 1 m


Company Informations
Chocolats Philippe Suchard



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