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Funicular Railways at Montserrat - Funicular de Sant Joan

Funicular Railways at Montserrat - 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 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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