Cable car

A cable car is any of a variety of transportation systems relying on cables to pull vehicles along or lower them at a steady rate, or a vehicle on these systems.

Varieties in which the vehicle is suspended from a cable:
* An aerial tramway consists of a cabin suspended from a cable, pulled by another cable.
* A gondola lift consists of a loop of cable that is strung between two or more stations, usually over intermediate supporting towers, from which cars are suspended.
* A ropeway conveyor is a subtype of gondola lift, from which containers for goods rather than passenger cars are suspended.
* In an aerial lift transport, gondolas or open chairs are hauled above the ground by means of a cable.

Varieties in which the vehicle rests on rails or a road:
* A street railway system uses a cable under the road to pull the cars along.
* A funicular consists of a pair of railway cars that alternately ascend and descend an inclined right-of-way, attached to a common cable.
* A cable railway uses a cable or rope to haul trains.

ee also

* Cable ferry
* Reaction ferry
* Ski lift
* Transporter bridge
* Zip-line


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