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 Le Panoramique des Dmes "rack line" on the Puy de Dme

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Bearcastle

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Location : Brie

PostSubject: Le Panoramique des Dmes "rack line" on the Puy de Dme   Fri Feb 27, 2015 2:30 pm

I visited the new line this Winter.

http://www.panoramiquedesdomes.fr/

The line existed a long time ago, but was remove to do a road, but now it's again a rack line to go on top of the mountain.






















































I will do it again in summer.
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Bearcastle

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PostSubject: Re: Le Panoramique des Dmes "rack line" on the Puy de Dme   Fri Feb 27, 2015 2:41 pm

Here few photos of the old line.











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PostSubject: Re: Le Panoramique des Dmes "rack line" on the Puy de Dme   Sat Feb 28, 2015 8:22 am

Thanks for all the wonderful photos. Im a rack railway fan, and the K&NWLR has a short one on the Welsh side of the line.
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Saint-Oblas

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PostSubject: Re: Le Panoramique des Dmes "rack line" on the Puy de Dme   Sun Mar 01, 2015 6:15 am

Very interesting! The modern railway seems a classical one. But I have a few questions on the former tramcar:
It appears that there were three rails. What was the use of the center one? It does not seem to be a rack. The first thought that went through my mind was a power pickup rail as in the Mont-Blanc express: I was crazy as in that time they used steam loks!!! Was it used as a safety brake?
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PostSubject: Re: Le Panoramique des Dmes "rack line" on the Puy de Dme   Sun Mar 01, 2015 12:25 pm

It is a rack, a different version. I was made at the time for this specific line.

Le systeme Hanscotte.

http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jules_Hanscotte
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PostSubject: Re: Le Panoramique des Dmes "rack line" on the Puy de Dme   Sun Mar 01, 2015 12:26 pm

On this video you could see some scene with some very steep part.

Le petit train du Puy-de-Dme from Grard Mouillaud on Vimeo.

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Saint-Oblas

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PostSubject: Re: Le Panoramique des Dmes "rack line" on the Puy de Dme   Sun Mar 01, 2015 4:24 pm

thank you for this contribution. As it raised in me some interest, I looked for documentation on this system.
http://www.monpanoramiquedesdomes.fr/2012/04/une-technologie-unique-au-monde/
It is not a real rack. Two horizontal wheels press on the third central rail with hydrocally controled pressure.
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