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rpmarques Apr 28, 2012 6:53 PM

Water balance Funicular
Constitutes a funicular that connects the upper town of Braga (Portugal) and the sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Monte (translates to "Good Jesus of the hill"). It is run by the Brotherhood of Bom Jesus do Monte.
It was built at the initiative of businessman Manuel Joaquim Gomes, with design of the engineer (Swiss) Niklaus Riggenbach. The specifications were received by mail and the installation of the equipment was done under the guidance of engineer Raul Mesnier. The funicular was inaugurated on March 25, 1882, being the first to be installed in the Iberian Peninsula, one of seven of its kind in the world, and no record of any accident. It is currently the oldest in the world to use the system water balance.
Their cars go up and down every half hour and takes between 2.5 and 4 minutes to do the entire course, according to number of passengers on board.


Runs over a ramp, consisting of two independent cabins, connected by a funicular system of the type "endless rope", with the balance of water. Each cabin has a deposit which is full of water when on the upper level, and emptied when it is on the lower level. The difference in weights so produced allows the movement. The amount of water is calculated according to the number of passengers in cabins, each voyage.

Distance: 274 m
Elevation: 116 m
Slope: 42%
Travel Time: 2.5 - 4 min., Depending on the number of passengers
Average speed: 1.2 to 1.8 m/s

Date of Replacement: 1956
Length: 285 m
Diameter: 38 mm
Weight: 1500 kg

Weight: 5000 kg
Number of passengers per cabin: 38 (30 seats)
Water tank capacity: 5850 ℓ

filling system

VTphotog Apr 29, 2012 9:41 AM

That is absolutely fascinating. A really interesting feat of engineering. Thanks for the pictures.


Walter C Apr 29, 2012 4:14 PM

Fascinating, indeed. Your photos are great.

rpmarques Apr 30, 2012 2:07 PM

Thank you for the comments Walter and Brian :)

Streets Apr 30, 2012 10:00 PM

Please, everyone, do not let Obama hear about this.

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