Cable Cars

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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.

Fact File

Location: The Gardens
Manufacturer: British Ropeway Engineering Company Ltd
Length: 430 yards
Capacity: 1000pph
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 traveled at a constant speed of 500 feet per minute, 240 feet apart and were 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 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.