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Public-images-osm logo.svg railway = funicular
Funicolare di Montesanto.jpg
Cable driven inclined railway. Show/edit corresponding data item.
Rendering in OSM Carto
Rendering-railway light rail funicular narrow gauge-125.png
Group: railways
Used on these elements
should not be used on nodesmay be used on waysshould not be used on areasshould not be used on relations (except multipolygon relations)
Useful combination
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Status: de factoPage for proposal

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 way and add railway=funicular + name=*.

Tags used in combination

Other attributes that are brought into this context

The cable car station is mapped with points node at both ends of the cableway. These points should be marked with railway=station and station=funicular.


Picswiss UR-28-02.jpg

funicular vs inclined elevator

Montmartre Funicular that is technically a double inclined elevator, mapped as funicular

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.)


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