Friday, July 13, 2007

History Lesson: Mount Royal Funicular

A funicular also known as a funicular railway, inclined railway, inclined plane, or cliff railway, is a type of self-contained cable railway in which a cable attached to a pair of tram-like vehicles on rails moves them up and down a very steep slope, the ascending and descending vehicles counterbalancing each other.

Why is this of any use in a Montreal Blog? Because it is part of Montreal and Mount Royal History.

Once upon a time, you could ride the funicular up to the top of Mount Royal. There remains no trace of it today, but the location was roughly the axis of Duluth street entrance, where the stairs located behind the McGill residences/Royal Vic parking lot are.

PICTURES? Here is a link to pictures at the Histoire de Plateau Mont Royal blog.


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