Funicular de Vallvidrera
|Funicular de Vallvidrera|
Car at Vallvidrera Superior station
|Start||Peu del Funicular railway station|
|Stops||Carretera de les Aigües|
|Distance travelled||729 m (2,392 ft)|
|Track gauge||1,000 mm (3 ft 3 3⁄8 in)|
The Funicular de Vallvidrera, or Vallvidrera funicular, is a funicular railway in the Vallvidrera district of the city of Barcelona, in Catalonia, Spain. It connects the Peu del Funicular railway station on the Metro del Vallès suburban line (funicular station Vallvidrera Inferior), to the top of the Tibidabo hill (Vallvidrera Superior), with an intermediate stop just above the line's midpoint (Carretera de les Aigües).
The funicular uses the same fares as the Metro del Vallès and is considered part of that system, as well as being part of the Autoritat del Transport Metropolità integrated fare network. It mostly carries commuters, and runs every 6 minutes on weekdays, less frequently on weekends and public holidays. It is operated by the Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya (Catalan Government Railways, FGC), who also operate the Metro del Vallès line.
At its lower station, the funicular connects with Metro del Vallès trains, providing a frequent service to Plaça de Catalunya station in central Barcelona. At its upper station, the funicular connects with Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona minibus service 111, which serves other parts of Vallvidrera village and the Tibidabo hill at a half-hourly interval.
The line became part of the FGC network in 1981. It was rebuilt in 1998, with the introduction of new cars, platform screen doors and fully automated operation. The new cars were built by Gangloff of Bern.
The funicular has the following technical parameters:
|Number of stops||3|
|Configuration||Single track with passing loop|
|Track length||729 m (2,392 ft)|
|Rise||165 m (541 ft)|
|Track gauge||1,000 mm (3 ft 3 3⁄8 in) metre gauge|
|Number of cars||2|
|Capacity||50 passengers per car|
|Maximum speed||5 m/s (16.4 ft/s)|
- Media related to Funicular de Vallvidrera at Wikimedia Commons
- Funiculars page from the official FGC website (in English; limited information other than timetable)
- Photographic description and map of the line from Trens de Catalunya (in Catalan)