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Reto Stauss


One disadvantage of waste water powered cable cars: it smells. As we noticed last weekend in Fribourg.



Good to know, thanks. The Fribourg cable train is the only zero-emission system powered by sewage, though. The Lynton & Lynmouth Cliff Railway and the cable train of the Centre for Alternative Technology make use of clean water (from a lake or river on top of the mountain). So the smell is only a problem of waste water powered cable cars, not water powered cable cars in general.

But it's the sewage that seems to get all the attention:





How does it manage when the gradient of the land changes in between? In that case floor of the train will not be horizontal?



"How does it manage when the gradient of the land changes in between?"

They ask the passengers to hold on tight



As a child in the 1950s we regularly went on the Leas Cliff Railway at Folkestone in Kent. It was definitely water powered as I remember it gushing out when the car reached the bottom.

As far as I know it is still running but I have an idea it might be electrically powered.

Peter Andrews


There is a new (operational since 1992) water powered funicular at the Centre for Alternative Technology in Machynlleth, Wales. See http://www.funimag.com/funimag19/CAT01.htm

Kris De Decker


Peter: the CAT funicular was mentioned in the article.



The Bridgenorth Cliff Railway is up for sale.

£1 000 000 would get you it and somewhere to live as well.

Philip Warne


"How does it manage when the gradient of the land changes in between?"

Could the seas be pivoted horizontally, such as the seats on a Big Wheel (Ferris wheel)?



You could use the wastewater drive system to power elevators.



No mention of this technology in the Americas. But, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania they were numerous: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_inclines_in_Pittsburgh

Most had two sets of rails the mountain and I don't recall ever hearing they were water powered.

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