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Funicular proposed for downtown Edmonton


The city of Edmonton has invited comments for a $24 million proposal to build a funicular below the Hotel MacDonald in downtown Edmonton.

The self-operated cars would be on a 55 metre track that would drop 20-metres down to the North Saskatchewan River Valley.

Funiculars are common in Europe, the first having being built in Salzburg, Austria in 1515. Two cars run parallel on steep tracks, and their weight counterbalances as one ascends and one descends simultaneously.

According to the Edmonton Journal, the proposed Edmonton cars would be big enough for a bicycle, trailer and four pedestrians. The ride would be free and the cars would operate all year.

Click here to read an article in the Edmonton Journal and see an artist’s rendering.

Click here to read about funiculars in Wikipedia.

 

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