Arizona Cable Lift

Not all Cable Lifts are on the waterfront.  This one is going to a house to be built on a red rock cliff bluff near Sadona, Arizona.  The tram will ride over the red rock cliff to the crest of the hillside.  The concrete pad at the top is shown...the driveway and garage is at the bottom.  Concrete had to be pumped about 250' uphill.  A helicopter will be used, along with the Cable Lift, to build a dream house at the top.  The pad shown will have a steel structure bolted to it, and  the machne room will be under the deck, which adjoins the house on the main floor.


You would think that a tram is a tram, and one style would fit everyone.  But it's not so.  This situation required an entry through the upper end, and an exit at the bottom through the side toward the home entry.  While a lot of folks use color powder coating, an uncoated aluminum car such as this one fits the architectural style of many homes.  They also opted for aluminum and glass railings built similar to the car at each landing.

Tram: From Garage to Front Door

This Accumar tram runs between the garage and the home entry south of Seattle.  Recreational trams that ride, for instance,  to the beach, are often left open to the elements.  The thinking is that if we are enjoying the outdoors, we might as well be open to the enviroment.  But for those using the tram at all times of the day, at all times of year, and in all kinds of weather, an enclosed car makes the journey a whole lot more comfortable.  In this case, the garage has a covered entry area, as does the bottom, so the passengers are almost always out of the rain, etc.

The car is finished in old-growth western red cedar, Lexan windows, and a black powder coated aluminum structure.  The wood finish is Cetol.  The trip takes about one minute.  The machine room is at the end of the garage, at the top of the rails.