Sandia Peak Tramway
Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, New Mexico
The Sandia Peak Tramway stretches from the northeast edge of Albuquerque to Sandia Peak on the ridge line of the Sandia Mountains and has the world's third longest single span.
It is the longest aerial tram in North America and was the longest in the world from 1966 until being surpassed by Merida, Venezuela, and Vietnam.
It was completed in 1966, constructed by a Swiss firm for about $2 million. There are four steel cables, each of which is about an inch and a half in diameter, carrying passengers to 10,378 feet. The tramway has only two support towers. The first tower, which is 232 feet (70.7 m) tall, is situated at an elevation of 7,010 feet (2,137 m) above sea level and built as an inclined tower with an inclination angle of 18 degrees. The second, just 80 feet (24.4 m) tall, is situated at the end of a major spur of the mountains at an elevation of 8,750 ft (2,667 m) and was built by the aid of over 2,000 helicopter trips, with support rods driven up to 40 feet (12 m) into the granite.
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