Photographer's Note

A classical shot from a Lisbon tourist magnet ;)
This picture was taken at my last visit to this great city. Lisbon is a wonderfull place to visit for any photograper! I am so much looking forward to return in July :-)

Built for the New Company of the Ascensores Mechanical of Lisbon to connect the Street of São Paulo to the Plaza of the Calhariz, the Elevator da Bica was inaugurated with pomp on 28th of June of 1892. Technically it is a cable-car on a 800 mm rail, the cable being integrated in the street's middle fence that looks like a rail. The orginal system of traction used water counterbalance to pull the cable, but the frequent lacks in the water supply made that the initial system was quickly ambandonned for a steam engine. The elevator was finally electrified in 1927 and passed to the ownership of Carris.

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Additional Photos by Mike Schwebag (SchwebagMike) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 245 W: 14 N: 239] (1490)
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