Which leaves two, both rising to the plateau of Croix Rousse.
All five were dubbed "ficelle" (string) by the Lyonnais, largely because they were rope worked. The PINK line (ficelle Rue de la Terme) closed in 1967 and was tuned into a very spooky road tunnel ...
... now one way up. The YELLOW line is the focus of our attention now.
1891 A rope worked funicular rail opened between Croix de Paquet ...
... and Croix Rousse with steam as the power source for the ropework.
1904 converted to use an electric motor to drive the "string".
Note the "le truck" (French for "the truck") used for carrying goods and people. Improved rope hauled stock eventually arrived but still with "le truck"!
1972 line closed for refurbishment and conversion to "crémaillère" system. The word "crémaillère" baffled fbb for some time with Google Translate being unable to do what it said on the tin. Pictures on-line showed open, fire escape type staircases (!) and a phrase book was equally unhelpful.
A housewarming party is called a "pendaison de crémaillère", literally "hanging of the chimney hook".
Eventually, under a slightly different spelling, fbb discovered "cogwheel"; i.e. rack and pinion!
New stock duly arrived and here (tada!) is our mystery vehicle from Meyzieu. (At last!)
The line reopened in 1974 as Métro Ligne C but before lines A and B appeared! To complete the tale:-
1978 extended at the base to Hotel de Ville.
1984 extended at the top to Cuire. Now equipped with "proper" trains, it still provides a link up the steep hill but connects with line A and buses at Hotel de Ville and posh trolleybus C1 (and buses) at Cuire.
It is, of course, still "rack and pinion" apart from the last "upper" section between Hénon and Cuire ...