Mont Blanc gondi cable breaks
This looks like a pulse gondi. When I started the article, I
thought, workers cut the cable rather than waiting for the ice to melt to free
the cable. But no, the storm cut the cable, in two places! The reporter doesn’t
understand the details, there are two cables on this model. At 30mm I’m
guessing it’s the larger stationary/support cable. This is at ropeways.net. [The photo didn't paste. It shows 3 cars close together on a support rope plus a haul rope.]
Mont Blanc cable car break threatens summer season
Panoramic Mont-Blanc télécabine links “egg” cabins between the Aiguille du Midi
and the Pointe Helbronner mountain
season at Mont Blanc could be threatened after the main cable holding up the
mountain’s télécabines was cut during Storm Eleanor.
Panoramic Mont-Blanc télécabine service, which links “egg” cabins
between the Aiguille du Midi peak on the French side of the border and the
Pointe Helbronner mountain on the Italian side (as opposed to the larger télépherique),
is out of action after winds of up to 250kph at an altitude of 3,700m caused
the main cable line to break in two places, reports news source FranceInfo.
Eleanor ripped through parts of France on January 3.
wind aggravated the situation, in which 70cm of frost and ice had reportedly
built up on 3.8km of the cable, which is 30mm in diameter. This is the first
time it has been broken in adverse weather.
first for me, to see a 30mm carrying cable cut in two,” said Mathieu
Dechavanne, CEO of the Compagnie du Mont-Blanc.
explained: “The storm winds probably caused the cable to oscillate, between the
pylons and the cable itself. It must have come out of its runner, before being
cut at both ends, and falling from the pylon it was hanging from."
work will begin to replace the cable, but the télécabine service is
not expected to re-open until at least mid-June, according to Dechavanne,
meaning that the summer season - which begins from late April to early May -