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Odessa Sights

Funicular

Description

The formal opening of the cable railroad, one of the first in the Russian Empire, was in June 1902. There were two balancing cable cars in the railroad. They could hold up to 35 people each, and the ride lasted 40 seconds. The cable railroad had worked until 1969 with breaks during the wars until it became dilapidated.

In the USSR the fare was 2 kopeykas.


1902

1910

1950

From 1970 through 1997 there was an escalator instead of the funicular.


1970- .

The fare was the same as in the trams (the tickets were the same and one could use them to ride a street car instead of the escalator). The escalator had four stages. The outside looked like the Moscow escalator in the Lenin Hills. After the fall of the USSR the escalator became dilapidated too. First, it could only hoist people and the descending part was used as a source of spare parts. Finally it came to a complete stop. Unfortunately, this was a unique machine for Odessa, unlike Moscow or other cities with a subway system. Supply of spare parts and servicing was good in the USSR but after the collapse of the Soviet Union everything seemed to be collapsing in Ukraine

The resurrection of the Funicular started in 1998. However, the city government was soon replaced, and the usual thing was to stop everything they had been doing. Fortunately, what had been done was not undone, and after another change of power in 2005 the Funicular finally worked.

The modern version is quite different from its predecessor built over a century before. First of all, it is no longer a cable car actually. It could be better described as a tilted elevator. The cars hold only up to 12 people. The ascent takes longer for some reason, so the elevator only makes sense for sick or old people as it is faster to walk on the Potyomkin steps.

In the beginning, the Funicular was free. Since 2012 you have to pay the fare.


Entrance in Primorskiy Boulevard. 2013.

Location

Downtown.

Street Address

Primorskiy Boulevard, Odessa, Ukraine.

Geographical Positions

E30-44'30.35" N46-29'17.25" (E30.741764- N46.488125-).

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Last Update

2013.02.05.

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