Locarno–Madonna del Sasso funicular

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Locarno–Madonna del Sasso funicular
Car below the top station at Orselina
Type Funicular
Status Open
Locale Ticino, Switzerland
Termini Locarno
Stations 4
Opened 1906
Track length 811 metres (2,661 ft)
Track gauge 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 38 in)
Maximum incline 30%

The Locarno–Madonna del Sasso funicular, or Funicolare Locarno–Madonna del Sasso (FLMS) is a funicular railway near the city of Locarno in the Swiss canton of Ticino. The line links a lower station in the city center with the pilgrimage site of the Sanctuary of the Madonna del Sasso and the municipality of Orselina. It forms part of the route to the summit of nearby Cimetta mountain.[1][2]

A concession to build the line was first granted in 1897 and renewed in 1900. Construction began in 1904, and the line was completed in 1906. The original wooden bodies of the cars were replaced with the current metal bodies in 1958.[1]

Besides the terminal stations at Locarno and Orselina, the line serves three intermediate stations at Grand Hôtel, Belvedere, and the Sanctuary, although the Grand Hôtel station is not currently served, as the hotel is closed. At Orselina there is a connection with the cable car to Cardada, which in turn connects with a chairlift to the summit of Cimetta.[2][3]

From April to October, the line runs every 15 minutes throughout the day. For the rest of the year, and during summer evenings, service is every 30 minutes.[4]

The funicular has the following parameters:[1]

Number of stops 4 (plus one closed)
Configuration Single track with passing loop
Track length 811 metres (2,661 ft)
Rise 173 metres (568 ft)
Maximum gradient 30%
Track gauge 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 38 in) metre gauge
Number of cars 2
Capacity 70 passengers per car


  1. ^ a b c "61.026 Locarno - Madonna del Sasso, Locarno, Standseilbahn". Swiss Inventory of Ropeways (in Italian). Swiss Confederation. Retrieved 2014-04-07. 
  2. ^ a b "Locarno Orselina Madonna del Sasso". standseilbahnen.ch (in German). Markus Seitz. Retrieved 2014-04-07. 
  3. ^ "Cardada Map". Cardada Impianti Turistici SA. Retrieved 2014-04-08. 
  4. ^ "Orario funicolare Locarno" (PDF). Ente Turistico Lago Maggiore. Retrieved 2014-04-08. 

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