It's chilly by cable car

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It's chilly by cable car

Post by in search of lazy jane » Wed Feb 06, 2008 9:00 pm

I don't know if these are unique to San Francisco?

It's a city that has quite a variety of public transport, possibly types than anywhere else in the world. Perhaps the only thing they don't have is a monorail (which Sydney does, possibly others?)

trains
subway (BART is underground in the city)
buses
trolley buses
trams (include a nice selection of vintage european ones)
ferries
and the famous cable cars.

They're more of a tourist attraction now I suppose. When I first visited the city it was in March, it was cold and wet, and it was freezing on the cable cars, they have no heating.

So much fun though!

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Post by round bits of plastic » Wed Feb 06, 2008 9:19 pm

no one ever believes me when i tell them that there was a monorail in dudley but there bloody was. apparently it was sold off to some people in australia.

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Post by humblebee » Wed Feb 06, 2008 11:49 pm

They were on about building a cable car thing here the other year:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/sout ... 179062.stm

Shame it didn't happen. It'd be awesome.

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Post by bonjour_tristesse » Thu Feb 07, 2008 10:14 am

They were saying something about building a monorail in derby a while back I think - doubt it will happen though.. and there's the cable cars in Matlock 8)

Other than that, I think Barcelona has all the modes you mentioned although I could be wrong.

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Post by Martijn » Thu Feb 07, 2008 10:59 am

There's the Wuppertaler Schwebebahn in Wuppertal, Germany. I've never been in it, but I've seen it from a normal train. Actually, it's neither a monorail nor a cable car. But it's nice anyway. :)

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Post by soft revolution » Thu Feb 07, 2008 11:16 am

round bits of plastic wrote:no one ever believes me when i tell them that there was a monorail in dudley but there bloody was. apparently it was sold off to some people in australia.
They also have monorails in Ogdenville and North Haverbrook. I wouldn't be suprised if the same guy sold Dudley theirs based on what happened to it :)
And by me, I mean, Flexo.

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Post by round bits of plastic » Thu Feb 07, 2008 11:20 am

soft revolution wrote: They also have monorails in Ogdenville and North Haverbrook. I wouldn't be suprised if the same guy sold Dudley theirs based on what happened to it :)
hey! this thread is for praising public transport, not black-country bashing! your're just jealous because i got to go from marks n spencer to pizza hut by monorail and you came by 10 years too late!

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Post by humblebee » Thu Feb 07, 2008 11:34 am

soft revolution wrote:They also have monorails in Ogdenville and North Haverbrook. I wouldn't be suprised if the same guy sold Dudley theirs based on what happened to it :)
Hee hee.

I liked the elevator to nowhere.

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Post by soft revolution » Thu Feb 07, 2008 11:36 am

round bits of plastic wrote:
soft revolution wrote: They also have monorails in Ogdenville and North Haverbrook. I wouldn't be suprised if the same guy sold Dudley theirs based on what happened to it :)
hey! this thread is for praising public transport, not black-country bashing! your're just jealous because i got to go from marks n spencer to pizza hut by monorail and you came by 10 years too late!
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(I am a *bit* jealous, Wakefields only transport mode of the future was a lift with glass panels so you could see the shops as you went up and down.)
And by me, I mean, Flexo.

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Post by Woodbine » Mon Feb 11, 2008 5:49 pm

Apparently there used to be a cable car that went from Archway up Highgate Hill. If you've ever walked it, you'll have wished there still was.

There's a model of it in the London Transport Museum apparently.

http://www.cable-car-guy.com/html/ccuk.html#hgh
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Post by emml » Sun Feb 17, 2008 11:56 pm

Yes! It was funicular wasn't it?

God, I do wish it was still there. Imagine the mad scramble to get on it at 5.30pm on a weeknight though...

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Post by Woodbine » Fri Feb 22, 2008 8:32 pm

It was, I believe. Although 'funicular' sounds like it should be an adjective from a Bill and Ted film.
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Re: It's chilly by cable car

Post by Emilie » Thu Apr 24, 2008 11:38 pm

I've only been on the SF cable cars 2 or 3 times, and I'm amazed by how slow they are...I was expecting a little bit of thrilling speed down those hills, but no...

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Post by Your Funny Uncle » Tue May 06, 2008 1:45 pm

Mexico city has several types of public transport too. There are:

Micro Buses (Mini Buses)
Normal Buses
Trolleybuses
Metrobuses (like a cross between a tram and a bus - they have their own special lanes and stations with raised platforms but normal wheels and no track)
Trams
Metro

There used to be trains but I think they no longer run passenger services. Oh and there is a monorail, but just in the airport linking the terminals.

Thinking back to our trip to Barcelona, they have:

Cable cars
Funicular railways
Metro
Trains
Trams
Buses
Mini buses

Apparently there used to be trolleybuses too but they were shut down.

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Re: It's chilly by cable car

Post by susanb » Tue May 06, 2008 2:20 pm

I think this is the right place for talk about funiculars, isn't it?

I went on a really cool funicular in Heidelberg last month. There were actually two separate funicular railways, one with the newest funicular rail car in Germany and one with the oldest. The oldest one was wooden and really pretty, although it creaked alarmingly when it was moving. It was rather chilly up at the top too, there was still snow lying in patches and dripping from the trees onto my head, brr!
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Post by Emilie » Wed Sep 10, 2008 2:28 am

Funiculars have their own song (funiculi! funicula!) and that's really pretty cool for them.

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Re: It's chilly by cable car

Post by Andy » Fri Oct 30, 2009 7:24 am

Morgantown West Virginia has a "personal rapid transit" system where you get into a single monorail type car but its operated like an elevator (press which station you want to go to)

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Post by Andy » Fri Oct 30, 2009 7:26 am

Also Pittsburgh has 2 operating funiculars, the Duquesne incline and the Monongahela incline.

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Re: It's chilly by cable car

Post by matt_crisp » Fri Feb 08, 2013 12:52 pm

on the wireless the other day they were talking about a new cable car system in Birmingham, to link the train stations, presumably to coincide with HS2.... i have nothig to add to this.

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