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Old April 21st, 2017, 02:37 AM   #1
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CHIATURA | Public Transport

Chiatura – the City of Ropeways

This may surprise some readers, but Chiatura — a small mining town of 15,000 residents in Georgia — was once a major urban cable car hub.

Not only was it home to the Soviet Union’s first passenger ropeway, but the city (at one time) may have had the most cable transit lines per capita in the world.

Chiatura’s love affair with cable cars began in the 1950s when Soviet officials decided to implement ropeways as an efficient way to traverse the town’s rugged and steep river valley. The cable lifts were designed to transport workers living in the valley to the industrial facilities located at the top.
According to some estimates, some 12-17 ropeways are still operational today. However, most of the systems are in dire need of upgrades and fail to meet modern safety standards.

In recent years, passenger service on some cable lifts have been suspended while the Ministry of Regional Development and Infrastructure of Georgia started plans to rehabilitate and reconstruct the city’s once majestic aerial fleet. Last week, the government released a video and images showing the public its current plans.

The new investment totalled four lines which was spread over 3,428m of ropeways.

Sanatorium (სანატორიუმი) – 862m
Naguti (ნაგუთი) – 1,081m
Lezhubani (ლეჟუბანი) – 845m
Mukhadze (მუხაძე ) – 640m

At the time of writing, the ropeways operating from the “central station” and the Mukhadze system are aunder construction. Overall, if everything goes according to plan, the US$15 million (GEL 40 million) project will open for passenger service by Fall 2017.


The difference from original ATW is that, Sanatorium destination remains the same, Naguti station location is changed the destination is prolonged. Lezhubani is completely new destination. Rustaveli sttreet destination won't be reconstructed.













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Old April 21st, 2017, 02:40 AM   #2
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Station Naguti














- - - Aggiornato - - -

Station Lejubani

















- - - Aggiornato - - -

Station Sanatorium













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Old April 21st, 2017, 02:41 AM   #3
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Central Station




















Mukhadze Street 4th ropeway project has been aproved and changes lower station location, it will be ajointed with 3 way ropeway central station. It also changes upper station location and overall everything looks like this.

Merging with Central Station











Mukhadze Station












Both operational:

1. Light Puprle - Ropeway Sashevardno, the steepest ropeway in whole Soviet Union 48 degrees angle. (Double Cabin ATW)
2. Dark Red - Ropeway 25, the first passenger ropeway in Soviet Union built in 1954. (Doublle Cabin ATW)

Abandoned for now:

1. Light Blue - Hospital to Univercity (Single Cabin ATW)
2. Light Green - Hospital to Residential Zone (Single Cabin ATW)
3. Dark Purple - Center to Upper Lejubani (Single Cabin ATW)

Old ATW's all dismantled and under reconstruction:

1. Yellow - Center to Rustaveli ropeway has been dismantled and won't be restored. (Single Cabin ATW)
2. Dark Blue - Center to Naguti with intermediate station. (Single Cabin ATW)
3. Red Sanatorium - Center to Sanatorium ropeway completely recembles the old route so I left it as it was (Single Cabin ATW)
4. Dark Green - Mukhadze Ropeway (Single Cabin ATW)

New ATW's

1. Red Lejubani - new ropeway from Center to Lejubani is being built (Double Cabin ATW)
2. Red Sanatorium - new ropeway from Center to Lejubani is bein built and completely recembles old route (Double Cabin ATW)
3. Red Naguti - new ropeway from Center to Naguti is slightely moved on a side and is being lengthened to the heart of the district (Double Cabin ATW)
4. Red Mukhadze - new ropeway from Center to Mukhadze, lower station is moved to centrail three way station and becomes four way one. Upper Station also is moved on upper location. (Double Cabin ATW)



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http://s019.radikal.ru/i634/1704/cd/d0a58841aa51.jpg



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The Whole valley of original ropeways 15 out of 24 found.



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Update:

The Whole valley of original ropeways 17 out of 24 found.




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All four cable cars will use "Diamond" cabins from "Sigma".
Capacity: 15 (10 seated, 5 standing).
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Progress as of 8 May

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Station Lejubani






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Are they a completely new cable car lines? What about renovation the old one systems?
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Are they a completely new cable car lines? What about renovation the old one systems?
This four lines are completely new, replacing old four lines which were demolished. 2 of them changed destination and length slightely while one of them is completely new route.

Other lines are in Georgian Manganese ownership if Poma or another manufacturer gets some agreement with them maybe they will be also refurbished or completely replaced with new ones.
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