A RAILWAY that FALLS Down Hill (Feb, 1933)
A RAILWAY that FALLS Down Hill
GERMAN engineers have recently proposed the building of novel “roller coaster” railways for use on short runs between cities and suburbs. The ingenious yet simple construction of this railway, which literally gets its power from falling down hill, is well shown in the accompanying drawing.
Each waiting station is elevated forty or more feet in the air, and passengers are lifted to the platform in an elevator. The train, consisting of two or three cars, awaits them on a level stretch of track beside the station. An endless chain drive, traveling underneath the track, engages the bottom of the leading car and pulls it past the station far enough to start rolling down the incline under its own momentum, exactly like the cars in a roller coaster. Sufficient speed will be generated to carry the train to the next station, where the chain drive lifts it to the top ready to repeat the performance.
The main advantage of the system is that no locomotive or power car is required in the train, eliminating the need for much heavy equipment.