The city of Haifa in Israel is home to what must be the world's most bizarre subway. The Carmelit is a fully underground funicular. It's a little over 1 mile long, and carries passengers from downtown Haifa up through the terraced neighborhoods that cling to the side of Mount Carmel.
The Carmelit isn't just a tourist novelty. It's bona fide urban transportation, albeit on a small scale. Haifa's neighborhoods rise upward along a steep mountainside, making funicular a reasonable way to travel.
Entrances to the Carmelit look pretty much like normal subway entrances.
But it's not exactly accessible for the disabled, and parents hauling strollers may think twice.
Continuous stairs even run up the inside of the trains.
The Carmelit opened in 1959, has only a single track, and carries somewhere around 2,000-3,000 passengers per day.
It's, well, unique.