Ropeway is defined as a system for transporting materials and/or passengers in carriers suspended from or controlled by ropes. Examples include: aerial tramway; gondola; chair lift; wire rope tow; funicular.
The "ropes" are almost always constructed of inter-twining wires forming strands that make up the rope.
Ropeways are broadly classified as transporting either Materials or Passengers.
These ropeways have been used to carry materials, for example construction materials, equipment, ores, military supplies, etc., quickly and efficiently over steep or obstacle-laden terrain. They are usually simply classified as either:
These ropeways are more specifically classified according to operational characteristics and type of carrier. The following are most common: