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Special Collections: Information Center for Ropeway Studies

About the Information Center

wire rope; cross sectionThe Information Center for Ropeway Studies is the largest special collection on the history, theory, design and operation of wire rope systems in the US.

Our focus:

  • Materials transport
  • Ski lifts and conveyances
  • Passenger tramways, lifts, and transportation by ropeways
  • Technologies and materials for ropeways

The Center was established in 1991 to support research on ropeway technology; it is guided by an Advisory Board of industry members. Collections include books, journals, newsletters, manufacturers' catalogs, images and other media. The Advisory Board's emphasis for making ropeway information widely accessible led to the creation of the Center's ROPEWAY database of ropeway publications held at the Center and elsewhere.

For their support, our thanks to:

  • Members of OITAF-NACS (International Organization for Transportation by Rope--North American Continental Section), for gifting funds to endow the Center (2005)
  • OITAF-NACS, for increasing the Center's endowment for a stable future (2006)
  • AWRF (Associated Wire Rope Fabricators), for their gift of a significant collection of manufacturers' catalogs on wire rope fittings (2007)

Find Materials on Ropeways

What's a Ropeway?

"Ropeway" refers generally to systems for transporting materials or passengers in carriers controlled by ropes. The "ropes" are almost always constructed of inter-twining wires forming strands that make up the rope.

Ropeways are broadly classified as transporting passengers or materials. Passenger ropeways are commonly further divided by their operational characteristics and passenger carriers. Examples of passenger ropeways include aerial tramways, ski lifts, gondolas and funiculars.

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Professional Organizations

OITAF (International Organization for Transportation by Rope)

OITAF-NACS (North American Continent Section)

AWRF (Associated Wire Rope Fabricators)

Colorado Passenger Tramway Safety Board