The cableway is the world's longest at 7.5 kilometres and each of the towers had been airlifted in place by helicopters to minimize the impact on the rainforest.
The last stop on the cableway was the small town of Kuranda.
I rode the eastern cableway up with my baby-boomer parents.
Once the buckets were filled, the railcar threaded its way along the tracks to the cableway terminus adjacent to the dam.
From his shack under the cableway tower an operator swung the filled bucket over the dam.
The accident scenes described on pages 124 to 133 are rather overdrawn and absurd, especially in that the cableway fails under the weight of a single man.
Six Companies had failed to place a full-time safety engineer or safety director on its payroll or assign enough signalmen on the cableways to ensure safety; Williams reported a complaint from Arizona government inspectors to the effect that they had to apply “considerable pressure” to force Six Companies to assign two signalmen to a cableway after they determined that one was insufficient.
The penstock sections, braced by temporary internal frames of hub-and-spoke design dubbed “spiders,” were strapped to the cableway hoist for the final leg of their journey, then deposited on another trailer at an outlet portal to be rolled into the tunnel and welded in place.
Similar platforms, or skips, were hung from cableway carriages to transport crews across the canyon.
The Tram an aerial cableway was very expensive but necessary to promote development of an unused area.