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Jun 11, 2012
Brest Téléphérique / Gondola, Funitel, Pulsed

New Urban Gondola in Brest, France by 2015 (The Brest Téléphérique)

The small Breton city of Brest, France will enter the small club of cities around the world with an urban gondola system to call their own. Back in December of 2011, the topographically-challenged city of 140,000 inhabitants approved plans to proceed with a short gondola system spanning the city’s harbour and Penfeld River. The system...

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Jul 01, 2010
Funitel, Light Rail & Streetcars, Squaw Valley Funitel

Squaw Valley Funitel Stats

Kelly writes, I am also interested in cable propelled transit and am a big fan of The Gondola Project. Anyway, I just worked out some numbers on the Funitel at the resort where I work (Squaw Valley) and I thought I would share them with you. Squaw Valley Stats 28 legal limit (This would be...

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Mar 19, 2010

Aerial Technologies, Lesson 4: Funitel

My absolute, all-time favorite aerial cable technology is a little-known configuration called The Funitel. The technology was originally created by Lift Engineering, Inc. an American company (that mercifully no longer exists) with one of the worst safety records in the industry. While the concept behind the Funitel was ingenious, the engineering wasn’t. It wasn’t until...

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Nov 29, 2009
Analysis, Funitel, Volkswagen Funitel

Cables As Ferries?

One great advantage of ferry technology is that it can carry not only people, but cars too.  The great problem with ferries, however, is the time and money involved in using them. Look at the Washington State Ferry Service, for example.  Here’s a ridiculously expensive transportation option that offers the convenience of required reservations and...

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