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Funicular Railways at Montserrat - Funicular de la Santa Cova and Funicular de Sant Joan

Funicular Railways at Montserrat - Funicular de la Santa Cova and Funicular de Sant Joan

There is two Funicular Railways at Montserrat, one goes down the mountain, while the other one goes up the mountain!


Funicular de la Santa Cova on the left.

The Santa Cova Funicular (Catalan: Funicular de la Santa Cova; Spanish: Funicular de La Santa Cova) is a funicular railway at Montserrat, near Barcelona in Catalonia, Spain. The line descends from the monastery, and the upper terminus of the Montserrat Rack Railway, on a continuous curve to a lower station that gives access, via a path, to Santa Cova, a shrine lower down the mountain.

The funicular has the following technical parameters:

Length: 262 m (860 ft)
Height: 118 m (387 ft)
Maximum steepness: 56.5 %
Cars: 2
Capacity: 90 passengers per car
Configuration: Single track with passing loop
Travel time: 2.5 minutes
Track gauge: 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 3⁄8 in) metre gauge
Traction: Electrical

Although the line operates two cars, in normal service only one carries passengers, whilst the other simply acts as a counterweight.

The line is operated by the Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya (Catalan Government Railways, FGC), who also operate the Montserrat Rack Railway and the Funicular de Sant Joan funicular railway on Montserrat Mountain, together with two other funicular railways and a significant suburban railway system in and around Barcelona.

The line originally opened in 1929 and was passed to the FGC in 1986. It was renovated in 1991 with the retention of its original stepped and wooden bodied cars. Unfortunately one of these was damaged by floods in 2000, as was the lower station. When the line reopened in 2001, new panoramic cars, similar to those already in use on the nearby Funicular de Sant Joan, were provided.


Funicular de Sant Joan

The Sant Joan Funicular (Catalan: Funicular de Sant Joan; Spanish: Funicular de San Juan) is a funicular railway at Montserrat, near Barcelona in Catalonia, Spain. The line connects the monastery, and the upper terminus of the Montserrat Rack Railway, with sacred sites, walking trails and viewpoints higher up the mountain. With a maximum gradient of 65%, it is the steepest funicular in Spain.

The funicular has the following technical parameters:
Technical Parameters

Length: 503 m (1,650 ft)
Height: 248 m (814 ft)
Maximum steepness: 65.2 %
Cars: 2
Capacity: 60 passengers per car
Configuration: Single track with passing loop
Travel time: 6 minutes
Track gauge: 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 3⁄8 in) metre gauge
Traction: Electrical

Operation

The line is operated by the Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya (Catalan Government Railways, FGC), who also operate the Montserrat Rack Railway and the Funicular de la Santa Cova funicular railway on Montserrat Mountain, together with two other funicular railways and a significant suburban railway system in and around Barcelona.


The line was originally built in 1918, and modified to increase capacity in 1926. In 1986 it passed to the FGC, who modernised it in 1997, providing new panoramic cars with transparent roofs.

Between November 2017 and March 2018, the line was closed for maintenance on the winding gear.

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Photo taken @ M on 15 May 2019 (© ell brown / Flickr)

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