A cable car is any of a variety of cable transportation systems relying on cables to pull vehicles along or lower them at a steady rate. The terminology also refers to the vehicles on these systems. The cable car vehicles are motorless and engineless and they are pulled by a cable that is rotated by a motor off-board.
Aerial lifts where the vehicle is suspended in the air 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.
- Chairlifts where open chairs are hauled above the ground by means of a cable.
- A system to haul trains along streets, see Cable car (railway), for example the San Francisco cable car system
- A funicular is an isolated, passenger-carrying railway where the cars are permanently attached to a common cable.
- A cable railway uses a cable or rope to haul trains.
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