Funicular de Montjuïc restored to former glory

LEITNER ropeways modernizes the historic funicular in Barcelona

Attraction for tourists and locals

Attraction for tourists and locals

As a hill overlooking the Catalan capital Barcelona, Montjuïc has been attracting tourists and locals for decades. The roughly 170 meter hill in the south of the city has hosted both the World Exhibition in 1929 and the Summer Olympics in 1992. The “Funicular de Montjuïc”, a funicular built in 1928, shuttled visitors to and from the World Exhibition. It connects the “Paral·lel” subway station on Line 3 with the Avinguda Miramar on Montjuïc, where the Montjuïc Park, the Stadium and the Olympic Swimming Pool are located. The journey to the top of the hill, dominated by Barcelona’s “Castell de Montjuïc” fortress, continues with the Téléferic de Montjuïc – an 8-passenger gondola lift built by LEITNER ropeways in 2007.

New LeitControl control system

New LeitControl control system

The funicular line runs through tunnels for about three quarters of the route. Waagner Biró overhauled the funicular for the 1992 Summer Olympics, making it one of the most modern ropeways in Europe at the time. LEITNER ropeways modernized the ropeway from November 2015 until April 2016. Two cars were given a general overhaul, the electrical and mechanical components and the ropes were replaced, and the brakes and emergency brakes were also modernized. The funicular was also equipped with a new LeitControl control system and an audio & video system for the vehicles and stations. Carlos Sanchez, Operations Manager of the Montjuïc funicular and the Montjuïc gondola lift is delighted with the state-of-the-art LeitControl system: “The most impressive feature of LeitControl is definitely the variety and diversity of information provided at one glance.” The two cars each hold 400 persons and climb a vertical distance of 72 meters over the 718-meter route in less than 2 minutes. With the capacity to carry 8,000 passengers per hour and direction, the “Funicular de Montjuïc” has one of the highest transport capacities in the world. The funicular, which runs daily from 7.30 am until 10 pm, transports a total of 1.5 million passengers every year.