Secret Wonders of Public Transit?


Here’s the funivia, or aerial cable car, in San Marino. It runs between the city of San Marino up at the top of the country down to the lower city of Borgo Maggiore. It’s just a quick little ride, but it’s an easy way to get between the two places.


You,Eric… with your delightful embracing the subject write, made me feel, like hopping on the next plane from Holland ,to visit NY, again!
Well, who knows, I might in near future…and take that trip with tram , moving above the waters. Ofcourse…want to walk, where once upon a time trains would rattle by, and now the greenies are there. By the way, fell in love with Brooklyn, it felt to me like small villages attached in harmony. Liefs, from Holland , kitty arendse

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The small city of Roanoke, VA has a cute free trolley downtown.

Star Line Trolley


Definitely on my bucket list!


There’s also a street elevator in Lisbon, Portugal called the Elevador de Santa Justa.

Santa Justa


Don’t know if it qualifies as public transit but the Battambang bamboo railway in Cambodia is a lot of fun - see ‘Bamboo train’ back on tracks in Battambang , National, Phnom Penh Post - I have been on the old one - lots of fun especially when the opposing ‘cars’ meet on the single track :):grinning:

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almost forgot the one in my backyard - Peterborough (Ontario) Lift Lock
see- Peterborough Lift Lock - Wikipedia
and then there’s Big Chute Marine Railway - see Big Chute Marine Railway - Wikipedia
if you go to either , do it an canoe

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Forgot that one. Did it as a teenager.


I’ve never been there, but I’m fascinated by the Pyongyang Metro system in North Korea.


In Telluride and surrounding communities, folks take ski lift gondolas all year long. The town is only a couple of dozen blocks, so there’s not much room for cars. You park outside town and ride over the mountain and down into town.

The trip down allows you to see the entire town, enclosed in its steep walls.

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There is also one of these in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. It runs from the train station and national bus station to the local bus terminal downtown and back.

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Very Orwellian , seems that you can’t even escape the ubiquitious “dear leaders” even on the metro

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I can think of two metro stations which are incredible and that I would love to upload to the atlas , but unfortunately I never took pictures of them and there is a total lack of any creative commons images.

One of them is a station called “Carpetana” on the Madrid metro system , Spain. When they were building the tunnel they found the remains of several extinct prehistoric animals including a kind of mammoth. They built a mini museum showing the bones at the station with a diorama and a model mammoth.


The other one is a station called “Talisman” on the Mexico city metro system , Mexico. Back in the 70’s they also found the remains of a baby mammoth , but this one was an entire skeleton. It’s on display in its entirety in a pit with a glass lid at that station and is pretty awesome but definitely not as well cared for or displayed as the one in Madrid .



That’s wild. And so cool!

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Glad you liked it , I guess the construction of subway tunnels must be pretty good for paleontological finds , they can be fascinating on so many levels

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The Zugspitze. It was spectacular and holds 3 world records.

Two high-capacity cabins Zugspitze

transport up to 580 passengers per hour to the peak, banishing queues to history. Along the journey, they will traverse the world’s highest steelwork pylon for aerial tramways at 127 metres, the world’s greatest overall height difference of 1,945 metres over one section as well as the world’s longest unsupported span, measuring 3,213 metres. Three records, which passengers can experience as they savour full panoramic views of picturesque Lake Eibsee, Waxensteine and the Alpspitze as their appetites are whetted for the mountain experiences to come.

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Wow. This is fascinating. Then again, North Korea fascinates me in general, so there goes that…

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Technically not public transit…watched a 100 (or so) car train going through the Horseshoe Curve in Pennsylvania - I’ve put arrows where the train started and ended, the curve itself was behind me as I took the picture. The second picture is of the funicular train that brought us up and down the mountain.


Seriously that’s one train?


Yes, and sometimes there were two or three of them going on at the same time on all the tracks (picture 3).