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Term for monorail rack railways for overcoming extreme gradients in rough terrain. The route consists of a square tube, on the underside of which a toothed rack is welded. The pipe is supported on supports that are mounted a few meters apart. As a result, monorack tracks have a relatively small footprint. You can climb gradients of up to 100% Tilt overcome. Horizontal and vertical curves are possible up to a radius of four meters. Therefore, they can be flexibly and individually adapted to the topography. So-called monorack tractors with diesel, gasoline or electric drive are used as vehicles. It can carry loads of up to 250 kg.

Monorack track in Bremmer Calmont (Mosel)

One of the main areas of application for monorack tracks is steep vineyards, where heavy loads have to be transported in topographically difficult locations. They serve as a means of transport for piles, fertilizer and the grapes at the vintage or just as a climbing aid for the winegrowers. A list of the wine regions concerned, such as at the Moselle or in Swiss Wallis is under steepest vineyard contain.

Monorack track - route near Mundelberg (Württemberg) and vehicle near Kobern-Gondorf (Mosel)

Left picture: Von Jiri Hönes - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0 , Link
Right picture: By Joschi71 , CC BY-SA 3.0 , left

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