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Pic taken from the Montjuic hill,during a beautiful journey whit Juan Ferragut,showing one of the 2 aerial Barcelona's cableway.
Port Vell Aerial Tramway is in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, crossing Port Vell, Barcelona's old harbour and connecting Montjuïc with Barceloneta.
The tramway starts at Miramar station halfway down the hill of Montjuïc at an altitude of 57 m, passes through the peak of Torre Jaume I which is 107 m high and ends at the top of Torre Sant Sebastià at 86 m, from where an elevator descends to the streets of Barcelona. The ride offers a fine view over Barcelona, the nearby Plaça del Portal de la Pau with the Columbus Monument, Port Vell with its Balearic ferries and the World Trade Centre, and Barceloneta with its Mediterranean beaches. The tramway makes a short stop at Torre Jaume I, allowing passengers to wander around the platform of this tower which was the world's highest aerial lift pylon until 1966, when the Glacial Aerial Tramway Kaprun III opened.
The tramway was intended to be an attraction at the 1929 Barcelona International Exposition, a World's fair. The Air Rail San Sebastian-Miramar, S.A. was incorporated and obtained the royal licence to build and operate the tramway. The manager of the project was Juan Rodriguez Roda. The towers were designed by the architect Carles Boigas and built by Material para Ferrocarriles y Construcciones S.A.. The tramway was built by Bleichert, at that time a company with a worldwide reputation, which had just completed the Aeri de Montserrat. However, the size of the project was underestimated and the tramway did not open until 12 September 1931.
Initially, the tramway consisted of two sections with two cars each. The cabins travelled from the terminal stations to Torre Jaume I and back, with one haul rope for the total length to move all four cabins.
All hopes for a commercial success of the venture were annihilated in the Great Depression and in the Spanish Civil War (1936–1939). Torre Jaume I was used as a look-out and a machine gun post. The tramway was heavily damaged and reduced to the rusting towers. One of the two surviving cabins was transferred to Aeri de Montserrat, which started to operate again in 1940. There were discussions to demolish the installation completely. Eventually, Friedrich Gründel, Bleichert's chief engineer during construction, succeeded in establishing Teleféricos de Barcelona, S.A.. In 1960, Torre Sebastià reopened with a new restaurant at its top, followed two years later by Torre Jaume I. In 1963 the tramway reopened with only two cabins, which travelled along the total length and through the top of Torre Jaume I. After Gründel's death ownership changed several times, commercial returns diminished and the technical status deteriorated. The authorities had decided to close it, when, in 1996, Barcelona decided to redevelop Port Vell and to build the World Trade Centre. The tramway was also renovated and it reopened in 2000.The tramway was built by Bleichert on the Bleichert-Zuegg system with track ropes of 45 mm and a haul rope of 23 mm. There was also an auxiliary rope of 17 mm for a small open service vehicle, which could be used to evacuate the cabins. The total horizontal length is 1303 m with sections of 652 m and 651 m. The cabins take 20 passengers each plus the cabin attendant. Their empty weight is 1350 kg. They are still the original ones, refurbished several times. The line speed is 3 m/s. The electric motor is in Miramar station, the tension weights hang in Torre Sant Sebastià.(source Wikipedia)


Il Transbordador aéreo di Barcellona è un mezzo di trasporto turistico che collega il porto di Barcellona con la montagna del Montjuïc. È una delle teleferiche della città di Barcellona e venne costruita in vista dell'Esposizione Universale del 1929 dall'architetto Carles Buïgas e inaugurata nel 1931.
Il Transbordador attraversa tre stazioni: la Torre Sant Sebastià nel quartiere di Barceloneta, la Torre Jaume I accanto al World Trade Center nel molo di Barcellona, e la stazione Miramar sul Montjuïc.
Per la posizione e il suo percorso, il Transbordador offre la possibilità di godere di un magnifico panorama del centro storico, del porto e delle spiagge del capoluogo catalano.(fonte Wikipedia)

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