Definition of funicular in English:
1(Of a railroad, especially one on a mountainside) operating by cable with ascending and descending cars counterbalanced.
- The enormous growth of tourism in the Alps means funicular railway and cable car operators seek to transport far more visitors than their operations were originally intended for.
- I could have descended the hill by funicular railway, only there seemed little point queueing to squeeze myself into an overcrowded carriage for the one minute journey.
- A funicular railway scales the mountain to the jumping-off point for the sledge run, which winds five kilometres downhill back to the railway terminus.
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A cable railroad, especially one on a mountainside, in which ascending and descending cars are counterbalanced.
- Just one day earlier things were very different, with hordes of skiers and snowboarders snaking back into the car park, queuing for a trip on the brand new funicular that opened on Christmas Eve after years of planning and controversy.
- Monday The Mountaineering Council of Scotland adds to the furore over the controversial Cairngorm funicular which already has many skiers and conservationists up in arms.
- The £15 million funicular has also soaked up a large proportion of the taxpayers' money available for supporting Highland developments.