Funicular de Vallvidrera

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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).<ref name=trenscat>Template:Cite web</ref><ref name=nycs>Template:Cite web</ref><ref name=funnet>Template:Cite web</ref>

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.<ref name=trenscat>Template:Cite web</ref><ref name=nycs>Template:Cite web</ref><ref name=funnet>Template:Cite web</ref>

The funicular is one of three in Barcelona, the others being the Funicular de Montjuïc and the Funicular de Tibidabo, although neither of these is operated by the FGC.<ref name="nycs"/>

History

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Upper station of the funicular

The line was opened in 1906. It became part of the FGC network in 1981, and was rebuilt, with new cars, in 1998.<ref name=trenscat/>

Technical details

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Passing loop of the funicular

The funicular has the following technical parameters:<ref name="funnet"/>

Number of stops 3
Configuration Single track with passing loop
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Maximum gradient 30.9%
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Number of cars 2
Capacity 50 passengers per car
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Traction Electricity
Operation Fully automatic

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