8 fantastic funiculars from across the globe

From Hong Kong to Haifa, hitch a ride on one of the world’s most remarkable incline railways.

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An evening view of Pittsburgh from the top of the Duquesne Incline on Mount Washington. An evening view of Pittsburgh from the top of the Duquesne Incline on Mount Washington. (Photo: ESB Professional / Shutterstock)

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The Duquesne and Monongahela Inclines - Pittsburgh, U.S.

Though much more widespread in Europe, funiculars can still be found in several spots across the U.S., where they are more commonly known as incline railways. Hilly Pittsburgh, for instance, still boasts two of them: the Monongahela and Duquesne inclines, both of which date back to the late 19th century. Both lines trundle up the dauntingly steep Mount Washington slope and promise stellar city views. Hardcore rail fans will particularly enjoy the free tours of the Duquesne line’s upper station, where you can see the original hoisting equipment at work.

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