"A funicular, also known as an inclined plane or cliff railway, is a cable railway in which a cable attached to a pair of tram-like vehicles on rails moves them up and down a steep slope; the ascending and descending vehicles counterbalance each other."
So says Wikipedia. Seems funicular is an oft abused term. Its meaning is very narrow. Now, I wonder if these ever so cute trams in Lisbon meet the definition?
This one photographed by Herman Silbiger clearly does not. It appears to be a normal electric tram.
This rather interesting photo by Peter Ehrlich shows tracks that appear not to have any counterweight mechanisms.
This can't be one either. Can someone pass me a gun and I'll take out a few graffitists.
Oh, this one, by Pedro M, is a good possibility.
Might that be one going up and the other down. We may well have a funicular. Photo also by Pedro M.
They are rather cute, aren't they. Pedro M.
It must feel a bit odd if they ever sit on level tracks. Pedro M.
All I really wanted to do was show you this gorgeous little thing. I'm not sure who took the photo.
So who has been to Lisbon? It looks very nice. Now facts? You want facts? Oh. Well, it is a funicular, it opened in 1892 and climbs and descends Rue de Bica in Lisbon, distance 245 metres. You can see a one minute You Tube video of it here. Lads being lads the same all over the world like to indulge in risky behaviour.