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Sandia Tramway

Sandia tram as it ascends (or decends?)

"World’s longest passenger tramway"

Located in Albuquerque, New Mexico USA within Cibola National Forest.

  • Total Horizontal Length: 2.7 miles
  • Total Vertical Rise: 3,819 feet
  • Elevation of Lower Terminal: 6,559 feet
  • Elevation of Tower One: 7,010 feet
  • Elevation of Tower Two: 8,750 feet
  • Elevation of Top Terminal: 10,378 feet
  • Height of Tower One: 232 feet - leans at an 18 deg angle
  • Height of Tower Two: 80 feet
  • Hourly Capacity: 220 passengers at 4 trips per hour
  • Average Number of Passengers Per Year: 275,000
  • Normal Speed: 12 mph or 20 feet per second
  • Maximum Clear Span Between 7,720 feet or 1 1/2 miles
  • Tower Two and Top Terminal: This is the 3rd longest clear span in the world.
  • Number of Tramcars: Two
  • Capacity of each: 55/50 with watertank
  • Weight of each tramcar empty: 8,000 pounds
  • Maximum Payload of each tramcar: 10,000 pounds
  • Water Tank Capacity: 1,000 gallons
  • New Tramcars Installed: May 17, 1986 for 20th Anniversary
  • New Track Cables Installed: April, 1997
  • Track Ropes: 4 each with a diameter of 40mm or 1 5/8 inches
  • Weight of Each: 52 tons
  • 4 Track Cable Counterweights: 47 tons each (located at lower terminal)
  • Depth of counterweight pit: 70 feet
  • Haul Ropes: 1 haul rope and counter rope
  • Diameter of Haul Ropes: 32mm or 1 1/4 inches each weighing 17 tons
  • Main Power Unit: 600 HP DC Electric Winch Motor
  • Auxiliary Drive: 250 HP Ford Gasoline Engine

History Edit

The tramway was manufactured by Bell Engineering, Lucerne, Switzerland in 1964-66 at a cost of 2 million dollars. It is a Double Reversible Jigback Aerial Tramway. Five thousand helicopter trips were made during construction of Tower 2 and cable installation.

Animals spotted on the Mountain:

  • MULEDEER
  • BLACK BEAR
  • RACCOONS
  • BOBCATS
  • SQUIRRELS
  • Birds:
    • GOLDEN EAGLES
    • HAWKS
    • STELLAR’S JAYS
    • RAVENS
    • CANYON WRENS

Dominanat Rock Formations: Granite with a limestone layer along the crest

If you're in the area, more info is available at the Forest Service Four Seasons Visitor Center located at the upper terminal of the tramway.

See Also Edit

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