This original cable car system followed the same route as the Skyride but only traveled from the Towers Street area to the area where Forbidden Valley is today.
Location: The Gardens
Manufacturer: British Ropeway Engineering Company Ltd
Length: 430 yards
Opening Year: 1963
Closing Year: 1986
The Cable Cars opened in 1963 and ran for 430 yards with 16 cabins. The ride lasted 3 minutes each way and travelled at a constant speed of 500 feet per minute, with cabins spaced 240 feet apart and automatically dispatched at 29 second intervals. The cableway carried 56 passengers at a time and was capable of transporting 1000 people every hour. It was built by British Ropeway Engineering Company (BRECO) Ltd and was powered by a 30 h.p electric prime mover. The old system was quite limited, with a maximum capacity of 4 people per car.
The Alton Towers system was later sold to Flamingo Land, who rebuilt it on a slightly smaller scale. BRECO also built systems for: Butlin’s Ayr , Butlin’s Pwllheli , Butlin’s (Filey) , Butlin’s Skegness , Drayton Manor , Trentham Gardens , Butlin’s Minehead , Great Orme (Llandudno) , plus possibly Fort Regent (Jersey)  and an example in Canada. There are only 2 surviving systems, which are those at Great Orme and Flamingo Land (i.e. ex-Alton Towers).