Aleksotas Funicular Railway

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Aleksotas Funicular Railway, Kaunas

Aleksotas Funicular Railway (Lithuanian: Aleksoto funikulierius) is a funicular railway located in Aleksotas elderate of Kaunas, Lithuania. The funicular constructed on the right bank of the Nemunas River was officially opened on 6 December 1935.[1] The track of the Aleksotas funicular remained unchanged. It is a monorail with a separation in the centre of the track for carriages to pass. Special automatic brakes were installed in carriages not to let them run down in case of cable damage. The length of funicular is 142 metres (466 ft), gradient - 29.5 degrees.[2] Authentic traction equipment, including the genuine pre-war wagons, wooden seats, and stop platforms of the funicular are still used.[3]

The funicular climbs from the end of the Vytautas the Great Bridge to the Aleksotas hill from where the panorama of the Old Town of Kaunas can be experienced. It was included into the Registry of Immovable Cultural Heritage Sites of the Republic of Lithuania in 1996.[4] Periodic KVT tickets can be used here.

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Coordinates: 54°53′28″N 23°53′13″E / 54.89111°N 23.88694°E / 54.89111; 23.88694