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Ropeways & Wire Rope

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Want to learn more about Ropeways? Their technology, history, uses? Below are resources by topic from the Information Center for Ropeway Studies for FAQ's.

Remember--The best way to find specific items or go deeper into your research is the Ropeway Database.

What's a Ropeway?

History of Ropeways?

How are Ropeways Used in Mining?

What is Wire Rope?

Fatzer files; Redaelli files, Manufacturers Catalogs collection [cabinets]. Contain many diagrams and descriptions of wire rope as used in ropeway applications.

What's the Technology?

Want to Learn More About Ropway Accidents?

Treasures the Ropeway Center

Ropeway Display (northeast corner of Floor 1, Library). This display features a working model of a ropeway system designed and constructed by William Beasley, Class of 2021. The display also includes visually striking objects from the Ropeway Center, from images of ropeway systems around the world to an original section of the Albert Rope, believed to be one of the first wire ropes ever made. 

Ropeway Image Collection (online in the Mines Institutional Repository) contains outstanding images of ropeway systems new and old alike. Examples: The original Yan River Run Gondola at Keystone, the Saline Valley Salt Tram in Death Valley, and images from Charles Dwyer over his decades of industry experience. 

Roosevelt Island Tramway Collection. This unique collection represents the entire set of engineering diagrams and prints froRoosevelt Island Tramway tower seen from belowm the original VonRoll tram in New York City. This tram was the first significant urban ropeway in the United States, and operated from 1976 to 2010. Highlights: Drawings 5.3-1 (Box 1), 5.4-1 (Box 2), and 5.5-3 (Box 2) for prints of the drive terminal, tension terminal, and tram carriage respectively.