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World’s steepest funicular railway to open in Switzerland

ZURICH: Swiss technology is due to hit new heights on Friday when the world’s steepest funicular line opens at one of its Alpine resorts. Swiss President Doris Leuthard will officially open the 52 million-Swiss franc ($52.6 million) project running from Schywz to the mountain village of Stoos, which lies 1,300 meters (4,300 ft) above sea level in central Switzerland. The barrel-shaped carriages adjust their floors so passengers can still stand upright even as they climb towards the Alpine plateau at inclines of up to…

Cats on a train! Japan railway lets felines roam to raise awareness of strays

OGAKI, Japan: A Japanese civic group teamed up with a railway operator on Sunday to let some 30 cats roam on a local train at an event, hoping it will raise awareness of the culling of stray cats. Passengers on a local train in Ogaki, in central Japan, were greeted by meowing companions on a moving train, where some passengers mingled with the felines while others enjoyed lunch. “I think it’s great more people are aware about stray kittens through events like this,” said Mikiko Hayashi, a passenger from western Japan,…

China unveils track-less train that runs on virtual railways

BEIJING: China has unveiled a track-less train that runs on virtual rails in a bid to speed up public transportation in major cities. The Autonomous Rapid Transit (Art), which was unveiled in the city of Zhuzhou on 2 June, is around 30 metres long and is fitted with sensors that detect the dimensions of the road. This enables the vehicle to follow routes without the need for metal rails, Feng Jianghua, a chief engineer behind the project, said according to Xinhau news agency. Each vehicle can hold up to 307…

Indian farmer wins train in legal fight with railway

NEW DELHI: An Indian farmer's battle for proper compensation for land seized to build a railway reached an unexpected conclusion this week when a court awarded him a train. Sampuran Singh has been fighting for the money since 2015, when he went to court to argue that Indian Railways had underpaid him for a piece of land in the northern state of Punjab acquired to build new tracks. He won his case, but the railway refused to pay and he filed another plea in January. On Friday Singh's lawyer said a court in the state…

Pakistan Railways launches special train on Christmas

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Railways on Thursday launched a special purpose train from Islamabad on the occasion of Christmas. The train is adorned with Christmas lights and mock snowmen, and with carriages that have portraits and tributes to notable Christian Pakistanis, the government says it hopes to change mindsets in Pakistan. It set off on Thursday afternoon from Islamabad to Peshawar, and will travel to Lahore on Christmas day before leaving for Karachi on January 1. Minister for Railways Saad Rafique, addressing…