Norwegian Railways in Philately

   NORWAY: Norwegian Tourism 19.04.1994  
Click to enlarge*Fløibanen is an electric mountain funicular in Bergen. It was the first of its kind in Scandinavia and was opened in 1918. It has a metre gauge single track. In 8 minutes these cars climb up the inclined track (max. 26º) and bring you up to 300 metres (1050') above sea level to Mount Fløyen, one of the seven mountains around the city of Bergen. On the top you have a marvellous view over the city and surroundings. This funicular railway is powered by an electric motor at the top, where you also will find a restaurant. On the stamp we can see two cars, No. 1 in blue and No. 2 in red, passing on the loop at Fjellveien. In the background is a view over the harbour. There are two further stops, other than the terminals, on the 850 m (2780') long distance. The two present cars were bought in 1974 from Switzerland. One of the old cars is preserved in the *Bergen Technical Museum. Fløibanen got its own postmark in 1874, and seven years later in 1881, the first parcel stamps were issued.

Catalogue Nos.: Sc 955 / SG 1185 / Mi 1156 / YT 1113 / NK 1205

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