Dresden Funicular Railway

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The Dresden Funicular Railway (Template:Lang-de) is a funicular in Dresden, Germany connecting the districts of Loschwitz, near the "Blue Wonder" bridge, and Weisser Hirsch.<ref name=kgse>Template:Cite book</ref><ref name=dvbst>Template:Cite web</ref>

The railway is one of two funicular railways in Dresden, the other being the unusual Schwebebahn Dresden, a suspended monorail. Both lines are operated by the Dresdner Verkehrsbetriebe AG, who also operate the city's tram, bus and ferry networks.<ref name=dvbst/>


Although the construction of the line has been discussed and planned since 1873, the permit to build the railway was not issued until 1893. The railway was opened on October 26, 1895, and was originally run by a steam engine.<ref name=kgse/><ref name=dvbst/><ref name=bbges>Template:Cite web</ref>

In 1910 the line was converted to run on electricity, and in 1912 its operation was transferred to the Dresden municipal tramways, whose successors still operate it. During the bombing of Dresden on the 13 February 1945, the lower station of the funicular was destroyed. However the lines cars had been moved for safety into the line's tunnels and survived.<ref name=kgse/><ref name=dvbst/><ref name=bbges/>

Major renewals took place in 1978 and 1993. On January 6, 2014, the line was again closed for a major refurbishment of both the cars and the line. The refurbishment is expected to be completed by April, and to cost €350,000.<ref name=bbges/>


The funicular operates between 06:30 and 21:00 on weekdays, and between 09:00 and 21:00 at weekends and public holidays. During operating hours there are between four and six journeys per hour in each direction.

The line has the following technical parameters:<ref name=dvbst/><ref name=funnet1>Template:Cite web</ref>

Number of cars 2
Number of stops 2
Configuration Single track with passing loop
Traction Electricity
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Maximum gradient 29%
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Journey time 5 mins
Capacity 60 passengers per car; 630 persons per hour per direction
Tunnels Burgberg: Template:Convert
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See also

  • List of funicular railways



External links

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