|Nick and Mike Ride the Funiculare|
In this 15th blog on our May 2017 trip to Old Quebec City, Canada, we'll ride the Funiclaire which runs a boxy "car" on a track from the lower to the upper town. We'll also tell you who Louis Jolliet is and why you should know him. It's his house that acts as a station to the funiclaire.
NEED A LIFT? TRY THE FUNICLAIRE!
The Old Quebec Funiculare is a funiculare railway in the Old Quebec. It connects the lower town to the upper town and a trip on the line travels 210 feet at a 45 degree angle!! There are 2 cars, one on each track.
|View from upper to lower town onboard|
|Looking at the Upper Town station|
|The historic building in lower town where it arrives|
BUILT, REBUILT, REBUILT, REBUILT... The funiculaire opened on November 17, 1879, and originally used the water ballast system of propulsion, similar to that still used by the Nerobergbahn in Wiesbaden, Germany. The line was converted to electrical operation in 1907. On July 2, 1945, a major fire destroyed the structure, necessitating a rebuild that was completed in 1946. Since then, major renovations have taken place in 1978 and 1998. In 2004 it celebrated 125 years of operating
THE FAMOUS LOUIS JOLLIET HOUSE /FUNICULAIRE STATION - Although you may not know who Louis Jolliet is, you should. He made a major discovery in the U.S. Louis Jolliet, "discovered" the Mississippi River along with Father Jacques Marquette in 1673
|Historic Marker on the Louis Jolliet House|
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