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cable railway

[′kā·bəl ¦rāl‚wā]
(mechanical engineering)
An inclined track on which rail cars travel, with the cars fixed to an endless steel-wire rope at equal spaces; the rope is driven by a stationary engine.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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As visitors travel into the belly of the mountain, on the steepest cable railway in Britain, they will experience some of the sounds which have defined the last century and a half.
North Wales has a rich and vibrant history, and nowhere is that more apparent than at Llechwedd Slate Caverns, where visitors can take a trip back in time 170 years and 500ft below ground to see how Europe's steepest mining cable railway operates.
Descend down Europe's steepest mining cable railway into the total darkness that was the grim and dusty workplace of thousands of men and boys.
Guests have to descend 150 metres on Europe's steepest mining cable railway into the depths of the former industrial hothouse.
The journey to Mittelallalin, at 3,500 metres, involves a trip on the highest cable railway in the world.
The resort is enclosed by the headlands of the Great Orme and Little Orme and, weather permitting, visitors can take in the view from the Great Orme by cable railway or cabin lift.
Tourists are even taken by cable railway to the site of the totally fictitious incident which is marked by a star.
The 100-year-old cable railway was bringing a coach party down when the accident happened.
Until this trip, of course, when I made that rarest of ventures north of Brecon on the A470 and crouched in Wales' smallest house, climbed its highest mountain, sank a pint in its oldest pub, slept in its hotel of the year and descended its steepest mining cable railway (okay, a little bit niche that last one).