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Funiculars of Switzerland

TN Ecluse - Plan
Neuchâtel



(photo Michel Azéma September 2001)
Description

The first funicular of the Neuchatel canton was opened in 1890. It links the Plan belvedere to the Neuchatel center.

Ecluse - Plan funicular was transformed in 1907, 1942, 1975 and 1985. It is an automatic funicular since 1922 ! It is not really a lift because it is not an "on demand" incline. There is no conductor, the courses are automatic every 10 minutes.

The line is composed of 3 tunnels and 2 intermediate optional stops : Boine, Côte. The passengers who want to get out or to get in must press a button like in a normal lift.

 
Map


 
Technical Datas


 
 Start
1890
End
 ...
Status
Type of funicular
 
Type of tracks
Type of energy
Bottom station
Ecluse (435 m)
Top station
Plan (546 m)
Length
391 m
Difference of levels
111 m
Maximum Gradient
38 %
Gauge
1 m
Speed
4 m/s
Engine
76 kW
Number of passengers
9 seated
30 standing
Manufacturer
Von Roll / CWA
Transports Publics du Littoral Neuchatelois
5, quai Ph. Godet
CH-2001 Neuchâtel


Tel: 41.(0)32 720 06 00
tn.info@tnneuchatel.ch

 

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