Fun Funiculars & Trams

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Fun Funiculars & Trams

CPT technology is actually the basic mother of funiculars and trams and gondolas which are world famous fun travel attractions. Though they differ in engineering details, all rely on cables to draw passenger cars uphill and bring the same cars back down in a reverse journey. Aerial Trams are like larger Gondolas. Aerial Trams are an out-dated mode of Cable-Propelled Transit. A funicular, also known as an inclined plane or cliff railway, is a cable railway in which a cable attached to a pair of tram-like vehicles on rails moves them up and down a steep slope; the ascending and descending vehicles counterbalance each other. Funiculars, on the other hand, are very similar to Cable Cars except Funiculars are used almost exclusively to ascend steep inclines.
Many of these world-famous tourist attractions carry visitors to popular sights, some of which are given below.

Fun Funiculars & Trams: Victoria Peak Tram

The Victoria Peak Tram is a funicular railway in Hong Kong, which carries both tourists and residents to the upper levels of Hong Kong Island. Running from Central district to Victoria Peak via the Mid-Levels, it provides the most direct route and offers good views over the harbour and skyscrapers of Hong Kong. The Peak Tram was opened for public service on 28 May 1888 by the then Governor Sir George William des Voeux. As built, the line used a static steam engine to power the haulage cable. It was at first used only for residents of Victoria Peak. The Peak Tram is owned and operated by the Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels Group (HSH), the owner of Hong Kong's famous Peninsula Hotel along with many other properties.

Fun Funiculars & Trams: Peak-to-Peak Gondola

Whistler’s Peak-to-Peak Gondola to Blackcomb Mountains in British Columbia Canada was opened On December 12, 2008 from two hours north of Vancouver. The Peak 2 Peak Gondola which spans the valley between Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. It is world-class in many respects like
  • It has greatest vertical height of 1,427 feet above Fitzsimmons Creek Canyon.
  • It has longest free span of about 1.88 miles.
  • Whistler was the Host Mountain Resort of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, surely one of the most conspicuous as for the first time the IOC has bestowed that designation on a community.
Open to skiers in winter, hikers and bikers in summer and awe-struck tourists year-round, the 2.7-mile ride provides spectacular views of the Coast Range peaks in Garibaldi Provincial Park (see images). It’s also hugely practical: skiers can shuttle between Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains in 11 minutes, once an hourlong journey.

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