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A cable car is any of a variety of transportation systems relying on cables to pull vehicles along or lower them at a steady rate, or a vehicle on these systems.

Varieties in which the vehicle is suspended 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.
  • A ropeway conveyor is a subtype of gondola lift, from which containers for goods rather than passenger cars are suspended.
  • In an aerial lift transport, gondolas or open chairs are hauled above the ground by means of a cable.

Varieties in which the vehicle rests on rails or a road:

  • A system to haul trains along streets, see Cable car (railway)
  • The particular cable car system in operation in San Francisco, California, see San Francisco cable car system
  • A funicular consists of a pair of railway cars that alternately ascend and descend an inclined right-of-way, attached to a common cable.
  • A cable railway uses a cable or rope to haul trains.

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A cable car is a type of car that runs on cables above the car, and the cables are driven by something called a "winding house" where there are two. One at the bottom and one at the top. It is used a lot in areas where there are a lot of mountains.

The construction of the longest cable way in the world was finished in 16th October 2010 in Armenia. It's name is Wings of Tatev and has length of 5.7 km.

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