On July 4 I will be moving out of my hotel and into an apartment on Mt. Adams, a small mountain that sits within the city limits of Cincinnati. After choosing this location, I soon discovered that this mountain once had a funicular system, which was established at some point in the 1800’s, and dismantled in 1948. The funicular was attached to the streetcar system that ran throughout the city, and as a result of its success, 4 more were installed in other parts of the city that contained hills [the guy in the bookstore told me 6 more, so there may be a dispute involved here – I’ll correct myself when I get the info]
Anyway, what you will see below is not this particular funicular system, but a group of pictures I have collected over the years of funicular systems and other interesting transportation systems found around the world. I was first inspired by these unique transport systems when I studied abroad in Switzerland back in 1999. However, my interest was re-emphasized when I visited Lisbon, Portugal, the city of 7 mountains. Although Lisbon is much more elegant and people-oriented than Cincinnati, the same concept existed within Cincinnati, which is why I love this fabulous city. It is much more accessible than Lisbon, and the people here speak English.
On to the pictures…
This one is not officially a funicular – rather, it’s a subway system built on a really steep hill. I can’t remember where this is located, but it’s neat.
Once again, this is not a funicular, but it’s a similar system. Seen at some shopping centers with more than once floor (such as Target), it’s used to transport shopping carts to the next floor, without passengers. It’s pretty fun to use!
An incline for a miniature golf course in Gatlinburg, Tennessee
Montmartre in Paris
Other funiculars of whose location I was too lazy to look for, but are interesting anyway…
And last for now, the most inspiring to me, the urban funicular, one of many found in Lisbon…
Please feel free to share any links to other interesting funiculars, or similar modes of transport, that you have found. I’d love to see them!
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