This is a funicular railway (ie cable operated) which climbs 1486 feet between its base, midway (Shieling) and summit (Ptarmigan) stations, under a mile and a half (6,460 feett). Most of the line is elevated from the ground on a reinforced concrete and steel structure. There is a single passing place at the mid point where the two carriages pass, just above the midway station. The final portion passes through a tunnel to reach the summit. The gauge is 6.5ft, unusually wide. Each carriage is 10.5 ft wide, carrying 120 skiers at around 23mph. The rolling stock was by Doppelmeyer.
The base station is about 9.5 miles away by road east from Aviemore.
The railway is currently closed (since September 2018), ^structural problems^ having been found. As of March 2020 planning application has been submitted for the required repairs.
The line serves the Cairngorm Mountain ski resort, replacing a chairlift which was too exposed during strong wind. It connects the car parking, ticket office, shops and offices to higher ground.
The carriages are designed to carry 120 people in the winter and 48 during the summer.
|/08/1999||Cairngorm Mountain Railway|
Plans scaled back.
|02/10/2001||Cairngorm Mountain Railway|
Doppelmeyer built rolling stock delivered to railway.
|07/06/2002||Cairngorm Mountain Railway|
These locations are along the line.