The world’s steepest train at 52 degrees, the Scenic Railway, has been re-imagined.
A whole new visitor experience in the glass-roofed red carriages awaits, offering expanded views of the rainforest setting and the spectacular Jamison Valley.
Visitors will be excited by the timelessly-designed carriages which allow passengers to choose their own adventure by adjusting their seat up to 20 degrees, challenging the adventurous “cliff hanger’’ and accommodating those seeking a more “laid back’’ journey.
The $30 million redevelopment also includes two new platforms, a refurbished track and a new winch system. The platforms feature a fresh interpretation of the story of the world’s steepest train, the new Scenic Railway along with the Cableway, Skyway and Walkway provide exceptional access to this unique environment.
As custodians of the unique site, the Hammon family is passionate about preserving this iconic Australian experience. Overseeing the project are joint managing directors and siblings Anthea and David Hammon.
“This redevelopment honours the deep historical, cultural and environmental commitment that our family has shown to this place for three generations,’’ they said.
“We can now offer a new perspective that connects our visitor to an unrivalled experience in this World Heritage-Listed area.
“We are particularly excited about sharing our unique story, allowing our visitors to engage with a rich site and family history we are so proud of.’’
The new train will be the fifth since Anthea and David’s grandfather, Harry Hammon, took over the lease of the Katoomba Colliery in 1945, converting the coal railway into a tourist attraction.
Three generations later it is still family owned and run and has become Australia’s most visited privately owned tourist attraction.
Scenic World is open every day of the year and also features the highest Skyway in Australia at 270m and the biggest cable car in the country fitting 84 people taking visitors to the Scenic Walkway spanning 2.4km, the longest elevated boardwalk in Australia.