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« on: November 28, 2022, 05:34:03 »

Attached to a private house, to ease moving shopping etc up a steep incline. Ran until recently, but is currently awaiting repairs.
https://www.foxnews.com/lifestyle/uk-family-small-cable-railway-house

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A proper intercity train has a minimum of 8 coaches, gangwayed throughout, with first at one end, and a full sized buffet car between first and standard.
It has space for cycles, surfboards,luggage etc.
A 5 car DMU (Diesel Multiple Unit) is not a proper inter-city train. The 5+5 and 9 car DMUs are almost as bad.
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« Reply #1 on: November 28, 2022, 10:42:56 »

That made me think "we've had that mentioned here before". Not that story, now a year old, but it turns out there were two threads about different ones a couple of years ago. But these things are a lot commoner than you think! Some are very similar, other less so. See:
http://www.firstgreatwestern.info/coffeeshop/index.php?topic=23369.0
http://www.firstgreatwestern.info/coffeeshop/index.php?topic=23352.0
http://www.hows.org.uk/personal/rail/sen.htm (and a wider collection of odd railways on http://www.hows.org.uk/personal/rail/index.htm)
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« Reply #2 on: November 28, 2022, 14:20:58 »

Funnily enough I came across this article about Wellington in NZ only this morning.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/nov/19/city-of-cable-cars-the-ups-and-downs-of-life-with-wellingtons-private-incline-lifts
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« Reply #3 on: November 28, 2022, 18:12:38 »

There are loads of these in Switzerland, there are even videos on Youtube of them: https://www.youtube.com/@standseilbahn/videos
These ones seem to vary quite a bit in the technology used, some being inclinator lifts and others more like crawler lifts, cable-ways, and a few monorail type things.
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« Reply #4 on: November 29, 2022, 09:06:09 »

A hotel in Lucerne (The Montana, I think) has a private funicular with rack.
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« Reply #5 on: December 02, 2022, 16:08:47 »

Here's a disused private funicular I sought out today. Slowly being reclaimed by nature. Where, and for what purpose?


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« Reply #6 on: December 03, 2022, 08:20:15 »

No guesses as to the location of pictures above, so here's a slightly wider view that may help.
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« Reply #7 on: December 03, 2022, 08:42:15 »

As nobody has answered, I'll cheat slightly as I know your general whereabouts  Wink  I hope it is relaxing break for you and Finn.

A private funicular serving Boots the Chemist Shop, used for goods transport on a steep hill. It can be found opposite Sovereign House on the Terrace, behind Boots in Torquay, near the harbour. ? ?
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« Reply #8 on: December 03, 2022, 08:52:20 »

I did wonder if Ilfracombe featured, but from the wider shot, that does appear a Torquay'ish architecture.
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« Reply #9 on: December 03, 2022, 10:08:04 »

As nobody has answered, I'll cheat slightly as I know your general whereabouts  Wink  I hope it is relaxing break for you and Finn.

A private funicular serving Boots the Chemist Shop, used for goods transport on a steep hill. It can be found opposite Sovereign House on the Terrace, behind Boots in Torquay, near the harbour. ? ?

That's correct. The Boots branch on The Strand that this funicular served is now gone. The premises is now a Taco Bell. I guess they've no need to transport their quesadillas and burittos on it(!) hence its abandonment to nature.

Some pictures of it when it wasn't so overgrown:
http://www.hows.org.uk/personal/rail/tor.htm
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