Expectation v reality: Finnish cable car goes viral for all the wrong reasons (PHOTOS)
Sarcastic social media users have been poking fun at the funicular service since it finally started test runs in the city of Turku earlier this week following years of delays and setbacks.
Turun omasta Funikulaarista tuli netissä hitti jo rakennusvaiheessa. Kyllähän maineikkaalle Kakolanmäelle tarvitaan vähän rouheamman näköinen kulkuväline. Tervetuloa kaikki ajelulle sitten keväämmällä!🚡🌞 #turku#kakola#funikulaaripic.twitter.com/85PH9HQDZG— Turun kaupunki (@Turkukaupunki) February 7, 2019
However, the finished product didn’t quite meet expectations, as it bears little resemblance to the sleek concept design that was revealed to the public back in 2015. Instead, the cable car looks more like an armoured vehicle for transporting soldiers to battle.
Of course, Twitter users produced the most creative versions of the funicular, including Darth Vader’s helmet, the Popemobile, a coal car, and “bullet-proof” prisoner transport.
The latest in #prisontech comes from #turku, #finland: An automatic prisoner transportation car, which can securely hold 15 persons at once. Glasses are bullet proof, shackles can be securely anchored to floor & ceiling, electric shocks can be administered remotely. #funikulaaripic.twitter.com/tnJqqr8Tzv— Hans H. Sommarstuga (@jzzskijj) February 7, 2019
New funicular to Kakola Hill in Turku 🇫🇮 🚞 #funicular#Kakola#Funikulaari#LeitnerRopeways#Turku#Finland#Suomi@cityofturku@VisitTurku#Funikulaari#Kakola#Turku#funicular#StarWars#DarkVadorpic.twitter.com/uanRKkK2KQ— Funimag (@funimag) February 7, 2019
The funicular will commence full service in March, taking passengers on a one-minute trip to the top of the local tourist destination, Kakolanmaki Hill. The project was riddled with controversy for going over its original budget of €2.5 million and missing its deadline by almost two years.
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