We at Distrita went to Stockholm and we did actually film the Skansen Rack Railway. It’s inside the Skansen park, so you need to pay entrance to the Skansen park and then pay again for the Skansen Rack Railway. It’s a bit odd, but it is considered as an attraction in the park.
So, what is Skansen?
Skansen is a huge place for Children mostly. It got animals and attractions. They sell food and have games. You can also see how the schools and churches in Stockholm looked many years ago also.
The whole Djurgården place is very expensive. All of its parks have entrance fee + riding and food prices. This is Stockholms tourist area and can be reached by Tram Line 7 which starts right outside of Stockholm central station or if you you go from northern part of the town, you can use bus line 44.
Here is our video from Skansen
Skansen Rack Railway differs from a regular tram – Let us Explain the Differences
There are some questions regarding if a rack railway is a tram or not. Here at Distrita it isn’t, because of its technical differences. A rack railway is dragged by a cable up and down. You find these rack railways in many cities, but one of the most known in the world is the one in Bergen which gives you a majestic view at the top. It does have many stops unlike the one here at Skansen in Stockholm. So for some it is considered as a railway or even a tram. But it is a rack railway.
There are trams that can go quite steep up hills. The most known city for having such trams is Lisbon in Portugal. However, Gmunden in Austria with its shortest tram line in the world also got Europe’s steepest tram line. It uses tram wagons and have no rope that is dragging it.
But!… there is always a but in such descriptions. Because there is even a tram line in Trieste, Italy which is both a tram and a rack railway at the same time. You can read much more about it on the Urbanrail.net website, which also have a quite detailed map showing where the rack part of the line is. It’s a worth visit for any tram lovers out there for sure!