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Hornblower Cruises restores Clifton Hill cable car to gorge after 29 years

From 1894 to 1990, an inclined cable railway called a funicular took riders from the base of Clifton Hill in Niagara Falls, Ont., down a 185-foot track into the Niagara River Gorge.

Last week, Hornblower Niagara Cruises, the company that operates the Canadian counterpart to the Maid of the Mist boat rides, opened its renovated version of the funicular, which cost the company $7 million in Canadian funds.

A Hornblower spokeswoman said the company purchased all-new track and two new 50-passenger rail cars to take riders the equivalent of 19 stories up and down, while offering unobstructed panoramic views of the falls and the gorge.

When the funicular was decommissioned in 1990, it was replaced by four elevators, which remain in service.

The funicular ride is offered for $3 in a package deal with a Hornblower boat ride.

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