Uncovering history of the old cableway in Tatranska Lomnica

Hello everybody!

Last weekend during the autumn holiday I went to the jewel of Slovakia known as High Tatras. I enjoyed my residence so much, I attended many different tours through this mountain range, but on the last day of my vacation I decided to do something different. The day before I read in a brochure from 1972 about a cableway in Tatranska Lomnica. I searched for it on Internet and I found out it doesnt exist anymore, because a new cableway is built just few hundred meters from that old one. Therefore I am pleased to introduce you this magical historical sight with a little help of Slovak touristic brochure and my dad who remembered that.

History of the old cableway

Construction of cableway between Tatranská Lomnica and Skalnaté pleso started on 8th May 1936. The original intention was to build a cableway to Slovak highest peak, Gerlachovský štít, but because of high technical demands was decided to build a cable car to Lomnický štít. Between upper and lower station is a middle station Štart, because almost 5,5km long rope could not be made.Traffic there started on 22nd December 1937 and was solved shuttle. Construction of cableway between Skalnaté pleso and Lomnický štít was also started in 1936, but because of bad weather and wind was finally finished in 1941. Upper station lays in the altitude of 2634m! Until 1956 held the cableway from Tatranská Lomnica to Lomnický štít with its total lenght of 5428m world record.

Tragic accident in 1973 – Tragedy happened apx. 150m from the middlestation Štart and killed one human. The cause were corroded cables. This section was opened again in 1975.

Now enjoy these photos. Arent they scary? In fact, happy late Halloween!

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