Funiculaire de Saint-Hilaire du Touvet

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Funiculaire de Saint-Hilaire du Touvet
Type Funicular
Status Operational
Line length 1,480 m (4,860 ft)
Track gauge 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 38 in)
Maximum incline 830 (83%)
Route diagram
Saint Hilaire du Touvet
Tunnel (Steepest part at 83%)
Level crossing with old Mule track
Change over

The Funiculaire de Saint-Hilaire du Touvet, or Saint-Hilaire du Touvet Funicular, is a funicular railway in the département of Isère in the Rhône-Alpes region of France. It links Montfort on the road between Grenoble and Chambéry, with the village of Saint-Hilaire du Touvet, located on the Plateau des Petites Roches 600 metres (1,969 ft) above.[1] [2][3]

Until the funicular was built, the village of St. Hilaire du Touvet was accessible only on foot, or by mule. The construction of the funicular was started in 1920 and it was opened in 1924, principally to serve several sanatoria built to house tuberculosis patients.[1] A road has long since been opened, and the funicular is now used mostly by tourists and paragliders.

Until 1955, the funicular was served by two 40 passenger cars. These were replaced in that year by a more modern design of car, carrying 60 passengers each. In 1992, these were in turn replaced by new cars to a retro design, not dissimilar to the original cars.[4]

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Coordinates: 45°18′11.78″N 5°53′43.93″E / 45.3032722°N 5.8955361°E / 45.3032722; 5.8955361