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April 19, 2011

Funiculars

photo of a funicular

The Low-tech Magazine blog is singing the praises of my all-time favorite mode of transportation, the funicular. Funiculars (also known as cable trains, inclined railways, inclined planes, or cliff railways) are surprisingly energy efficient. And of course they're just totally cool to ride.

The blog post gives special attention to water powered cable trains...ones that move by filling a tank on the uphill train with water until it weighs enough to slide down the track, pulling the other car uphill in the process. It's wonderfully clever and low-tech.

Here's a global list of funiculars.

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Posted by Chris Spurgeon at April 19, 2011 09:37 PM

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