funicular railway


  1. a short, very steep railway having two parallel sets of tracks, upon each of which runs a car or train raised or lowered by means of a cable that simultaneously lowers or raises the other car or train in such a way that the two are approximately counterbalanced.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of funicular railway1

First recorded in 1885–90

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Example Sentences

He found a taxi parked near the Cathedral, and they rode to the funicular railway terminal at the base of Monte Azul.

A little below that was the terminal station of the funicular railway from Montreux.

And she went, in an hour, down to Montreux by the funicular railway, and was lost to the Beau-Site.

A funicular railway runs from the Korn-Markt up to the level of the castle and thence to the Molkenkur (700 ft. above the town).

There is a funicular railway up this mountain, but it does not work at night, and we thus have a taste of the vanishing Past.


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