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4 October 2010

Ride the London Millennium Funicular

Located at the St Paul's end of the Millennium Bridge is a small section of 'railway' on which sits a lift which can transport passengers from the Paul's Walk along the riverside, to Peter's Hill where the walkway continues to the Cathedral.


Manufactured by Maspero Elevatori, in Italy, and opened in 2003, and can carry a maximum of four passengers in its small cubicle, enclosed by glass panels with glass doors at each end.

The railway is powered by electric traction, has a speed of 0.5 metres per second and a capacity of 700kg. It's technically just an 'incline lift', and it can only barely be described as a funicular railway. However, it is open to the public, and is free, and it ticks another box in terms of London having everything you could want. Whilst it has been known to break down fairly often, it was working when your author visited yesterday, and has the added bonus of being unaffected by tube strikes.

For more, see http://www.hows.org.uk/personal/rail/lon.htm

3 comments:

  1. I've never noticed this despite having crossed the wobbly bridge countless times! Must give it a try, thanks for the heads-up :)

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  2. I wouldn't get too excited if I were you!

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  3. ooh I want to check this out. Love finding little gems like this

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