In 1890, the lower funicular railway section was opened, running from Kornmarkt via the castle to Molkenkur. It had a length of 489 metres, and at its steepest point a gradient of 41%. Each of the two split-level cars could accommodate 50 passengers and travelled at a speed of approximately two metres per second, i.e. a good 7 km/h.

The historic station at Kornmarkt
The historic station at Kornmarkt

Until 1907, the lower section of the railway carried water ballast on its downward journey from the Molkenkur station. The Molkenkur station featured a pulley around which a cable ran, each end of which was attached to one of the cars. Each car was fitted with a water tank with a capacity of eight cubic metres. During operation, the tank of the upper car was filled with water; its greater weight then caused the car on the lower end of the cable to be drawn up the hill. The water required for this purpose was pumped to the top station by means of a steam-powered pumping system. The speed of the cars was controlled by the driver by means of a braking system that meshed with the rack.

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Maximum gradient:
43 per cent

Longitudinal profile of the funicular railways.
Longitudinal profile of the funicular railways.

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