|railway = funicular|
|Cable driven inclined railway.|
|Rendering in OSM Carto|
|Used on these elements|
|Status: de facto|
|Tools for this tag|
A funicular, also known as an inclined plane or cliff railway, is a cable railway in which a cable attached to a pair of tram-like vehicles on rails moves them up and down a steep slope, the ascending and descending vehicles counterbalancing each other. The tag railway=funicular is also used for similar inclined railways where the vehicle(s) are moved by cables, but which are not necessarily a funicular from a technical standpoint, for example the Montmartre Funicular, or the Kek Lok Si inclined elevator.
How to Map
Draw a way and add railway=funicular + name=*.
Tags to use in combination
- gauge=* - Spreading in millimeters
- opening_hours=* - Opening times
- wheelchair=* - Suitable for wheelchairs
- fee=* - Indicates whether a fee is charged
Other attributes that are brought into this context
The cable car station is mapped with points at both ends of the cableway. These points should be marked with railway=station and station=funicular.
funicular vs inclined elevator
Difference between short funicular (tagged as railway=funicular) and inclined elevator (tagged as highway=elevator way) is not always obvious.
- Montmartre Funicular was constructed as a funicular, was rebuild into a double inclined elevator - but still has "funicular" in name and difference is quite subtle. Mapped as a funicular. Cars are no longer counterbalanced, so it is no longer a true funicular.
- Some have a driver inside them There is a single car, so it is not a true funicular.
- Some act and look exactly like a normal elevator (no operator, the same design, elevator arrives at button press etc.)