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Funiculars of Switzerland

Fun'ambule
Neuchâtel Gare - Université
Neuchâtel



(photo Michel Azéma September 2001)
Description

Fun'ambule is the Christian name given to the new funicular of Neuchâtel.

It was built in a tunnel to link the lower part of the town, near the University, to the train station on the upper part.

The choice of the bottom station was criticized because it is some distance from the town centre. In fact it is a decision of the town transportation policy to create a new centre of attraction outside the actual town centre.

The inauguration ceremony of the Fun'ambule was on April 27th, 2001.

Unquestionably the main remarkable thing of this new cable railway is the unique design of the carriages. Designed by CWA, the carriages are composed of 4 articulated compartments which always remain horizontal however the gradient variation of the slope !

 
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Technical Datas


 
Start
27 April 2001
Status
Type of funicular
Type of tracks
Energy
Bottom station
Université
Top station
Gare
Length
330 m
Gauge
1.6 m
Diff of levels
46 m
Minimum Gradient
 0 %
Maximum Gradient
34 %
Cables
2
Number of cars
2
Maximum Speed
8 m/s
Capacity
126 per car
Manufacturer
Garaventa
Carriages
CWA
Electronic
Frey AG Stans

 

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