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This shot is made of 3 images. With this small device it was impossible to capture the whole scene so I opted for multiple images into one. The sky was not on my side and retrieve the material was too visible and ugly as it remained white.
Some hitoire thanks to Wikipedia: The funicular Pau, commissioned in 1908, connects the station to the Boulevard des Pyrénées at the Place Royale. Its use is free since 1978. The length of the track is about a hundred yards, with a slope of 30%. Current cabins dating from 1961; were revised in late 2006. The idea of ​​a funicular in 1874 as a lift, this idea was quickly rejected. In 1900, the engineer Hérard offers a 'mobile ramp.' An agreement was signed with Médebelle for a period of 75 years January 25, 1901, but the project was stillborn. In 1904, Jean Bonnamy, public works contractor Bordeaux offers a funicular, the minimum potential was estimated at 500,000 passengers per year. But the 'environmentalists' of the time come to push the project. The rapporteur of the Committee on Public Works wrote in his report: 'The opponents of the project, their susceptibilities of artists fear that iron frame make spot among the foliage.'
Pheasants but Henry does not disarm, he eventually win the support of the council and sign the agreement with Bonnamy July 12, 1905. Oppositions But still, the Touring Club of France, responsible for the protection of historical sites and monuments s' unworthy of the 'horror scrap suspended in the air.' Work continues despite everything and the funicular is operated Saturday, February 15, 1908 at 7:00 am.

The book consists of metal truss span, riveted, based on bents sealed in solid plain concrete. The gradient is 30% and it is 110 meters long. Passengers paid 10 cents francs and bicycles were accepted. The frequency was 2 minutes. The departure was announced by a foghorn with Pau's seniors remember. In 1961, cars with wooden crates are replaced by cars with metal cases. The funicular is closed January 2, 1970 for chronic shortage and insecurity, exploitation is chaotic. It was renovated and reopened eight years later, on 16 February 1978. It is free since.

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