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daveski


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Re: Update on the Boris Bubble, for lift geeks
Date Posted: 17.41hrs on Tue 12 Jun 12
alan Wrote:
Summit Button at Nevis Range tops out about 3910ft. A decent length of handle tow part way up the Marquis Well would give CairnGorm the highest lifted point, without entirely taking away the walk required to the Summit and to properly breach the watershed.

As for highest stations then the Summit Station at Snowdon is 3500ft.

Cairngorm 3,599 ft which is actually only one foot lower thatn summit of Snowdon - 3,560ft they should of added a couple of feet to the foundations. Of course my detail came from the JFGI so may not be accurate

Hipennine


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Re: Update on the Boris Bubble, for lift geeks
Date Posted: 07.47hrs on Wed 13 Jun 12
alan Wrote:
There is the Great Orme Gondola in Wales which opened in the '60s and was judging by the grips probably built by Van Roll. Maybe at a height of 679ft you can argue it doesn't challenge Nevis Range's claim to the only mountain gondola in the UK, but I've always considered the claim at least slightly spurious.

There is also the Great Orme Tramway which is a street running funicular in Llandudno.


I believe the Great Orme is shut. There is of course the Heights of Abraham in Derbyshire, which as a fixed grip gondola at circa 600' asl would count.

[www.heightsofabraham.com]

David Goldsmith


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Re: Update on the Boris Bubble, for lift geeks
Date Posted: 08.09hrs on Wed 13 Jun 12
Hipennine Wrote:
There is of course the Heights of Abraham in Derbyshire


Interesting. Had never heard of that. There are some videos on YouTube ...

[www.youtube.com]

David Goldsmith


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Re: Update on the Boris Bubble, for lift geeks
Date Posted: 15.26hrs on Wed 13 Jun 12
The Squared Hippy wants a gondola for Edinburgh ...

[squaredhippy.wordpress.com]

David Goldsmith


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Re: Update on the Boris Bubble, for lift geeks
Date Posted: 07.02hrs on Thu 14 Jun 12
Another blogged photo of the Bubble (last Saturday) ...

[www.greenwich.co.uk]

... with an interesting comment from 'Mary' below - refers to one of the less comfortable rides on a UK cableway ...

[www.youtube.com]



cammyammy


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Re: Update on the Boris Bubble, for lift geeks
Date Posted: 22.11hrs on Thu 14 Jun 12
Am I right in saying the Borris bubble won't be ready until after the games?

David Goldsmith


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Re: Update on the Boris Bubble, for lift geeks
Date Posted: 22.35hrs on Thu 14 Jun 12
cammyammy Wrote:
Am I right in saying the Borris bubble won't be ready until after the games?


Not according to a story in the London Evening Standard yesterday ...

[www.standard.co.uk]

Quote: "Mayor Boris Johnson has refused to confirm whether the project will be open to the public during the Games but the Standard now understands senior figures on the project are confident it will soon be operational."

I liked this apparently unintentional pun: "Whatever happens, itís going to come down to the wire."

I think he meant 'wire rope'.

David Goldsmith


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Re: Update on the Boris Bubble, for lift geeks
Date Posted: 13.35hrs on Sat 16 Jun 12
Incidentally ... another possible location of a gondola is the Cheddar Gorge in Somerset, which is part of Longleat Estate. Project proposals were published in March 2012:

[www.cheddargorge.co.uk]

David Goldsmith


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Re: Update on the Boris Bubble, for lift geeks
Date Posted: 09.27hrs on Mon 18 Jun 12
The opening of the Boris Bubble ('Emirates Air Line') was confirmed this morning for Thursday week - 28 June. Fares will be £3.20 on an Oyster pre-paid card, which is the payment method that most Londoners use.

[www.bbc.co.uk]



David Goldsmith


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Re: Update on the Boris Bubble, for lift geeks
Date Posted: 19.37hrs on Mon 18 Jun 12
Interestingly, this official information on the Transport for London site suggests that the lift will operate at half-speed between 10am and 3pm ...

[www.tfl.gov.uk]



David Goldsmith


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Re: Update on the Boris Bubble, for lift geeks
Date Posted: 10.42hrs on Tue 26 Jun 12
The gondola opens in two days. A couple of bloggers - Dave Hill of the Guardian and Martin Hoscik's MayorWatch - keep up scrutiny of the project's cost and whether or not the lift will operate under Dubai law!

[www.guardian.co.uk]

[www.mayorwatch.co.uk]

[www.mayorwatch.co.uk]

David Goldsmith


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Re: Update on the Boris Bubble, for lift geeks
Date Posted: 14.16hrs on Sat 30 Jun 12
Well the Boris Bubble's opening enjoyed no shortage of media coverage ... including ...

[www.comparecarhire.co.uk]

I guess there's a logic to news about a cablecar appearing on 'compare carhire' ... particularly in terms (see panel right) of 'pick up location' and 'drop off location'. Maybe Hertz should sponsor it after Emirates' backing expires.

Photo opportunities included:



"Your lifejacket can be found under your seat"



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David Goldsmith


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Re: Update on the Boris Bubble, for lift geeks
Date Posted: 09.27hrs on Mon 9 Jul 12
A bunch of enthusiasts rode the Emirates Air Line (as it's officially called) in ski gear, on Saturday ...

[www.planetski.eu]

... in a stunt organised by Ski Solutions.

'Waterski solutions' could have made the return journey interesting, though it's doubtless illegal!

tim1mw


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Re: Update on the Boris Bubble, for lift geeks
Date Posted: 19.29hrs on Mon 13 Aug 12
daveski Wrote:
alan Wrote:
Summit Button at Nevis Range tops out about 3910ft. A decent length of handle tow part way up the Marquis Well would give CairnGorm the highest lifted point, without entirely taking away the walk required to the Summit and to properly breach the watershed.

As for highest stations then the Summit Station at Snowdon is 3500ft.
Cairngorm 3,599 ft which is actually only one foot lower thatn summit of Snowdon - 3,560ft they should of added a couple of feet to the foundations. Of course my detail came from the JFGI so may not be accurate


I assume you mean 1085m/3559ft for Cairngorm station.

The Snowdon summit station at Hafod Eryi is a little below the summit of Snowdon at 1065m (3493 ft) if the sign on the platform is correct, so I think Cairngorm just edges it.

PeterS


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Re: Update on the Boris Bubble, for lift geeks
Date Posted: 12.11hrs on Fri 24 Aug 12
Not a Gondola, but a forerunner of the detachable skilift was the 'aerial ropeway' used to transport material overhead between mines, quarries and processing or distribution sites.

I can remember they were releatively common across the the UK up to about 20 years ago. They have now virtually all gone although This one near Lancaster is still working I think.

[www.youtube.com]

The highest and longest aerial ropeway was probably between Knock village and the Silverband mine on the west side of Great Dun fell. The top three pylons are still in situ but wrongly labled as 'ski tow' on the lastest 1:25,000 OS map !


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