It's FUNicular

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It's FUNicular

Post by partingclouds » Sat May 18, 2013 22:58

My first post here. I thought I would let the in-built adjective work for itself in this topic's subject line.

I first became interested in funiculars when I visited Zagreb and took a trip on that one. It was a lovely experience - perhaps because on reaching the summit I got to visit the Museum of Broken Relationships. I had originally taken that funicular to try and find a "Lord of The Rings" tribute museum (as sad as that sounds) but that had long been replaced by a cafe. The MoBR made up for it. In Zagreb, they do this thing where a cannon is fired across the city at midday and this went off just as the funicular started to take me up the hillside. Increased drama/emotion.

I've also been on the funiculars in Budapest and Ljubljana. They never really get you very far, are often full of tourists and can be horrendously expensive but I think they still manage to pack a whole load of sentiment. Which is nice.

What is exciting is that I've yet to visit any of the outdoor funiculars in the UK - I've been on the one in the URBIS building in Manchester. A girl once told me there was a working funicular somewhere outside Birmingham - that surprised me. I also seem to remember from childhood there being one in Scarborough or some other Northern seaside destination.

Anybody else had the pleasure?

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Re: It's FUNicular

Post by julieocean » Sun May 19, 2013 08:29

There's one at Bridgnorth in Shropshire, which was also on the telly the other night (possibly on the Michael Portillo railways programme). That could be the one your friend is referring to (but calling that 'somewhere outside Birmingham' is a bit of a stretch, so possibly not). There's also a water-powered one near Machynlleth in Wales that I've been on too.

I love a funicular railway!

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Re: It's FUNicular

Post by crystalball » Sun May 19, 2013 09:55

LOVE! Good topic title, too, partingclouds. Welcome!

I think I've been on the Urbis funicular. Hazy day, that. The Bridgnorth one looks great.

There's only one thing worth visiting Greece for and that's the Diakofto-Kalavryta (partly) funicular in the Peloponesse which was built in the 1890s. It's amazing. I used to go on it at least twice every summer for about 10 years when I was little (not in the 1890s). There is a nice website for it now with a live webcam and everything: http://www.odontotos.com/index-en.htm. It really is the dreamiest hour or so you're ever likely to spend.

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Re: It's FUNicular

Post by oasupp » Mon May 20, 2013 18:19

as far as i remember i just met the funiculars at orvieto/italy and karlovy vary/czech republic... both of them not being that spectacular. what i really loved was the hungerburgbahn at innsbruck/austria, it's kinda new with all the design (stations etc.) made by fabulous zaha hadid, all of that in the overwhelming setting of the alps.

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Re: It's FUNicular

Post by vezrity » Thu May 23, 2013 17:48

We went on a funicular railway last weekend on the Anorak meetup in Wales! Aberystwyth's cliff railway was the world's longest when it opened in 1896, but it no longer is. It's pretty damn steep though. Great views of the coast.

The best thing about it is the world's largest camera obscura at the top!

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Re: It's FUNicular

Post by julieocean » Mon Aug 26, 2013 22:46

Just been trawling through lists of Sue Jay reports on the MACE website and stumbled across this!

http://www.macearchive.org/Archive/Titl ... 18118.html

p.s. I think they've changed their media player recently and wouldn't work in Chrome, but seemed fine in IE (when does that ever happen!).

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