The cable car to Petřín, the Czech mini "Eiffel Tower", spring-flowering orchards, observatory. Spectacular views of the historical Prague city.

Code: 930
Brand: Locomotif
Category: Postcards
Machine type: Cable car
Power: Other

It is 1891 and for the occasion of the Jubilee Country Expo in Prague, the cable car and the Petřín observatory tower were opened. At that time, the cableway had a different shape and route than today (Nebozízek middle station wasn't there yet). The funicular consisted of two cars supplied by Ringhoffer, which worked on the principle of water counterbalance.

In 1932, mainly due to the 70th Sokol annual union and the number of incoming visitors, the cable car was modernised, electrified and extended. The Nebozízek middle station was opened. The updated elegant carriages were supplied again by Ringhoffer.

In 1965, due to extensive rains, a landslide occurred on Petřín hill and the cableway body was seriously damaged. The transport company had planned a major reconstruction and completely new cars, that would be built on the original chassis. In the end, it took 20 years for this operation to finish. Since 1985, the funicular has been in operation without major changes to this day. The new green/cream cars were supplied by Vagonka Studénka in cooperation with the machinery in Poprad and Česká Lípa.

It's worth mentioning that the next modernisation and delivery of completely new carriages are going to happen in near future. One of the existing carriages is going to be repaired and stored as a showcase in the Museum of public transport in Prague.



Classic postcard. Train motif on one side, space for text on the other.


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