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Saint-Oblas



Location : Lyon, France

PostSubject: A project for a steepy slope garden: Fourvière funicular   Mon Jan 27, 2014 6:43 pm

When visiting the transport museum in Rochetaillée (Lyon suburb) a saw this interesting carriage (that I used very often in my chidhood, as my parents had a house uphill). It could be an interseting addon to a garden raiways with a mountain lanscape.



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French Chuffed



Location : Droitwich UK

PostSubject: Re: A project for a steepy slope garden: Fourvière funicular   Thu Feb 06, 2014 12:02 pm

An interesting funicular carriage presumably it was cable hauled by electric motor.
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Saint-Oblas



Location : Lyon, France

PostSubject: Re: A project for a steepy slope garden: Fourvière funicular   Thu Feb 06, 2014 12:26 pm

Yes! there were two similar carriages (I think the other one is in Saint-Mandé Transports Museum) cable hauled (thence ther nickname "ficelle"), on a single track, with a double track for crossing in the middle. I have known quite well this funicular, because my parents had a house uphill and I use to take it to go to school. 
The winch had been made by von Roll in Switzerland. There was a "driver" in each car for safety reason. I communicated with the engine driver with an elementary electric bell. The bottom driver rang once and began closing the doors:one common lock+ a second external lock per door + a general lock for all the doors (the later can be seen on the picture); at that signal the upper driver closed the doors the same way; then he rang twice; the bottom drivers rang three times to get the machine started.
There was no electronic in these days!

This funicular is still operating on the same principle with new winch, new cars on the same track:







There were several funiculars in Lyon, I think five. I have known four, some of them where with rack, as this one for Saint-Just (the Fourvières track on the right side)





Now there just three of them.The one on the photo above as been converted to cable, the third one still operating was converted to rack and incorporated in the suburb system (picture below):





More details on  Lyon's funiculars(in french), here:

http://cris23.fr/lyon_ficelle.htm


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k&nwlr



Location : Alsace, France

PostSubject: New rack railway loco from Regner   Sat Feb 08, 2014 4:55 pm

Regner has just announced a little rack railway loco from the Achenseebahn.


Achenseebahn Lok 3 [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html), CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/) or CC-BY-2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5)], by Herbert Ortner, Vienna, Austria (own digital image), from Wikimedia Commons

Could be fun ....

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Saint-Oblas



Location : Lyon, France

PostSubject: Re: A project for a steepy slope garden: Fourvière funicular   Sun Feb 09, 2014 6:24 am

This little loc reminds me of a similar loc on the "Tramway du Mont Blanc" that I took in the late 40's.





What did surprised me was the angle between the boiler and the track when we went on the train at the Bellevue halt on an horizontal section.

Later I had a long life together with this line as I did my military service in the Mont-Lachat station just along the track. The line had been electrified in the mean time.



Is this model live steam?


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k&nwlr



Location : Alsace, France

PostSubject: Achenseebahn - Regner model   Sun Feb 09, 2014 8:16 am

Yes, it´s live steam, but the example shown in the photo has no R/C, so for my rack railway extension, I´m going to have to figure out a way of getting it back down ....


K&NWLR: Rack railway bridge leading to Stokesay Castle by kandnwlr, on Flickr
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