funicular |fyoŏˈnikyələr|adjective1 (of a railroad, esp. one on a mountainside) operating by cable with ascending and descending carscounterbalanced.2 of or relating to a rope or its tension.nouna railroad operating in such a way.ORIGIN mid 17th cent. (in the sense[of or like a cord or thread] ): from Latin funiculus(diminutive of funis‘rope’ ) + -ar 1.
It's probably one of those words many people know but rarely have and occasion to use. I simply love this word because of the way it sounds.