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Meaning of funicular railway

funic'ular rail'way

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. a short, very steep railway having two parallel sets of tracks, upon each of which runs a car or train raised or lowered by means of a cable that simultaneously lowers or raises the other car or train in such a way that the two are approximately counterbalanced.
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