An aerial tramway is a type of aerial lift in which a cabin is suspended from a cable and is pulled by another cable.

Aerial tramways are often called a cable car or ropeway, and sometimes incorrectly referred to as a gondola lift (not to be confused with a gondola).

Because of the proliferation of such systems in the Alpine regions of Europe, the French and German language names of Téléphérique and Seilbahn are often also used in an English language context. "Cable car" is the usual term in British English, as in British English the word "tramway" generally refers to a railed street tramway.

Note also that, in American English, "cable car" is most often associated with surface cable car systems, e.g. San Francisco's Cable Cars, so careful phrasing is necessary to prevent confusion.


A chair for a cableway system has a load-bearing framework on which seat surfaces are fastened, a load-bearing bar with a top end at which a clamping apparatus for coupling to a supporting and haulage cable and running rollers are attached. Side panels or the like are disposed at the two lateral ends of the chair.

A closure bar and, if appropriate, a covering hood, can be pivoted about spindles which are aligned at least approximately horizontally in the operating position of the chair. The closure bar and/or the covering hood can be pivoted from the open positions into the closed positions counter to the action of at least one adjusting spring.

At least one of the side panels or the like is formed with a cavity in which at least one adjusting spring is arranged.