An aerial tramway is a type of aerial lift, often called a cable car or a ropeway. The original version of aerial tramway was created by engineer Fleeming Jenkin and was called a telpherage. Smaller telpherage systems are sometimes used to transport objects (such as tools or mail) within a building or factory. Larger units come as popular travel facilities in many locations of the world, while some required the remarkable engineering mastery and professional building skills to bring the plan into effect. This is about the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, constructed in the rugged Chino Canyon.
The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway is proud of its fascinating history and the fact that it has safely transported more than twelve million people into the sublime mountains, overlooking the scenic Coachella Valley, since its opening in 1963. In fact, an electric engineer Francis F. Crocker began to dream about going ?up where it is nice and cool? as far back as in 1935, and it took him twenty eight years to realize his project. The construction of Palm Springs Aerial Tramway started in 1950 and it was an actual engineering challenge, soon turning the project into the ?eighth wonder of the world? and some twenty years later into a historical civil engineering landmark. The construction consists of five towers, where only one can be reached by road. The four others were erected, using helicopters, which made some twenty three thousand missions, delivering workers and materials. In 2000, the aerial tramway was modernized and passengers started to ride the world's largest cable cars, constructed by Von Roll Tramways, a well-known cable car manufacturer.
Another well-known US aerial tramway is located in the Franklin Mountains State Park, Alabama. The visitors are transported to the top of Ranger Peak on a two thousand and six hundred feet long cable. Along the way, the travelers enjoy viewing abundant wildlife and spectacular rock formations and have an awesome experience of four-minute ride above a vast canyon, which is two hundred and forty feet deep in some places.
A very famous aerial tramway is situated in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It consists of two separate cable car systems, one going from the city level to the top of the Morro de Urca (where there was formerly a famous casino), and a second one going from the hill to the top of the Sugarloaf Mountain. The latter was featured in the James Bond movie Moonraker.
France owns The Telepherique de l'Aiguille du Midi, the highest aerial tramway in the world. The tramway was opened in 1955 and carries seventy five passengers in the first section and sixty five passengers in the second section. It carries the visitors to the top of the Aiguille du Midi in a station at three thousand and seven hundred and seventy seven meters high.
Since each aerial tramway is a popular tourist attraction, it is frequently combined with other outdoor facilities and amenities for complete ecotourism. As such, Palm Springs is an ideal travel destination for people of all ages, wishing to obtain the most from an outdoor travel. Water activities in a fifty meter Olympic-size public pool, Jeep tours to explore the California desert, horseback riding and horse shows are for a start, an aerial tramway experience is for the main course and balloon rides, hiking and festivals are wonderful for a dessert.