Como-Brunate, Italy

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Como-Brunate Funicular lower station at Como. Photo by Peter Ehrlich, March 2008.


The Como-Brunate funicular, serving Lake Como and the steep eastern slope above the town, is one of the oldest in Europe. It opened in 1894 with steam power and converted to electric power in 1911. In 1970, the line closed, but reopened after rebuilding; its current cars date from that period.

Currently, the line is operated by the transit agency of Milan (Azienda Trasporti Milanesi). The line is 1084 meters long, and the grades range from 28% to 55%. The line offers spectacular views of Lake Como and the surrounding mountains. Service is every 15 minutes. There are a number of stations along the route, where cars stop on request. An operator rides each car.

The funicular is about a 200-meter walk from the terminal of the Ferrvie Nord Milano (FNM) railway, about an hour's journey from Stazione Cadorna in Milan. Trains to this bustling resort town operate every 30 minutes.

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