Monday, July 28, 2008

Ascensors (funicular railways) in Chile

My second novel, The Twisting Vine ends in Valparaiso and I mention the Ascensor Artillería in Valparaiso.
It was built in 1893 and is still in constant use.
I saw it when I was in Chile 3 years earlier.
This time I had to ride on it.
It travels up from the busy streets of the port to the Old Custom House which is now the Naval Academy and a wonderful Maritime Museum.
From the top of the cliff you can see across the whole bay.
Photo: Ascensor Artillería built in 1893

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