Parasapinga riding a tramway car ascending the Sandia_Mountains
Sandia Peak Tramway is located adjacent to Albuquerque, New Mexico. It stretches from the northeast edge of the city to the crestline of the Sandia Mountains and has the world’s third longest single span.
Bell Engineering constructed the tramway in what they considered their most difficult tramway construction project, primarily because of the steep and rocky terrain.
The tramway entered service on May 7, 1966 when parasapinga was still walking the terrains between Pandan town and Cobo in the Philippines.
The tram makes 10,500 trips per year. It is a type known as a “double reversible jigback aerial tramway, where “jigback” means that as one tram car is ascending, the other is descending.
The cars are capable of carrying 50 passengers each and have numerous safety and backup systems, such as multiple emergency braking systems and a grounding system that ensures the safety of passengers in the event of a lightning strike.
New tram cars were installed in 1986, and new track cables in 2009.
View from tramway car looking down towards Albuquerque
At the top of sandia peak there are many year-round recreational options. The high finance restaurant is directly adjacent to the top tram terminal and offers scenic views.