Longest non-stop double-track cable car
Tatev Aerial Tramway , National Competitiveness Foundation
Armenia (Tatev)
The longest non-stop double track cable car is 5,752 m (18,871 ft) and was achieved by the Tatev Aerial Tramway in collaboration with National Competitiveness Foundation of Armenia, in Tatev, Armenia, on 16 October 2010. The tramway, designed by Garaventa (Switzerland), connects the village of Halizor with the secluded medieval Tatev Monastery, offering a spectacular journey across the Vorotan River Gorge. The design process and foundation work began in 2009, with the opening ceremony of the aerial tramway and the official launch of the Tatev Revival Project on 16 October 2010. The 5.7-kilometer aerial tramway is supported by three towers between its two terminals. One terminal is on a hill overlooking the village of Halidzor and the other is near Tatev Monastery, on the road to Tatev village. At top speed, the tramway will travel at 37 kilometers per hour and the ride will take approximately 11 minutes, with its deepest drop at 360 meters aboveground. Two cabins (each with the capacity to hold 25 people) will operate at once, travelling in opposite directions. There are six cables altogether (three per cabin, with two cables suspending and one cable pulling each cabin), each uniquely built for the specifications of this project.