|Aerial Ropeways - Glossary|
(To be read in conjunction with UK Gazetteer)
|Aerial Ropeway : Refers to an
installation for transporting materials (and passengers)
in carriers hung on or fixed to a moving cable, or pulled
along a stationary one, (suspended above grade), by
Angle Station : Without these, a ropeway can only run in a straight line (when viewed in plan) between its end points.
Carriers : These 'carry' the load being transported and may take the form of hooks, or buckets, which themselves may be fixed (with opening bottoms) or self tipping, and also easily removable.
Catch Gear : On tipping buckets, or ones with doors. The mechanism which keeps the bucket upright/door closed while traveling, but releases it so that its contents is emptied at the unloading point/station.
Clips : The wedge shaped part of the hanger which contacts the driving rope, and imparts driving force by friction (and supporting force, in the case of a monocable system), to the bucket/load./
Grips : The friction or fixed device which imparts driving force to the load on bicale ropeways. These can be permanent, or automatically/manually operated when the load is initially sent onto the moving cable, and at angle and unloading stations.
Hanger : The ironwork which connects the load to the rope.
Hodgsons System :
Loading Station :
'Otto' System :
Post - see Pylon
Pylon : These are cable support
structures located between the loading, unloading and (if
installed) angle stations. Their location and height
ensure that the carriers avoid contact with grade or
other structures/obstacles, after the 'sag' in the
support cable has been accounted for. They have been made
from a variety of materials : timber (both sawn and
unsawn), steel (typically lattice design), stone or of
Return wheel/station :
'Roe' System - The Roe System - a monocable ropeway, as originally patented and promoted by John Pearce Roe
Stanchion - see Pylon
Standard - see Pylon
Telepherage : As described in Encyclopedia Brittanica 1911
Tensioning : All cables, particularly the supporting cables need a tensioning system. These are usually 'live', i.e. provide a fixed load, and move to accomodate changes in load. They usually consist of weights (sometimes as elaborate as rocks loaded into a cage !) hung vertically, directly on the cable (sometimes via a pulley) which is being tensioned.
Trestle - see Pylon
Unloading Station :
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This page last updated on 7th March 2010