World’s Largest Aerial Tram Opens for Business

Photo credit: Doppelmayr/Garaventa

The Nu Hoang Cable Car’s 230-person cabins carried their first public passengers across Ha Long Bay in Vietnam Saturday after a dedication with owner Sun Group, builder Doppelmayr/Garaventa and representatives from the Guinness Book of World Records.  The spectacular 7,100′ reversible aerial tramway crushes records for the largest cabins and tallest towers of any lift worldwide.

Photo credit: Doppelmayr/Garaventa

Meaning Queen in English, the Nu Hoang Cable Car links Ha Long City with Ba Deo Hill and a huge observation wheel. It’s part of a $270 million, 500-acre development called Sun World Ha Long Park.  The taller of the tramway’s two concrete tripod towers is 619 feet while the other is only 436 feet.  The old record was 373 feet on a tramway in Austria built in 1966.

CWA built the monster red and yellow Kronos cabins in sections and shipped them to Ha Long for assembly.  Each cabin has two levels and six sets of doors!  With these new cabins, the double-decker, 200-passenger Vanoise Express in France loses the title of world’s largest tram.

Photo credit: Doppelmayr/Garaventa

The Queen is the latest mega lift project for Doppelmayr and Vietnam’s Sun Group, which also operates the world’s second longest gondola and the longest 3S.  In 2015, Sun Group ordered an even longer 3S to link three islands and the mainland on Vietnam’s Southern Coast.  This stunning 26,000 foot gondola will become the world’s longest lift of any type when it opens in the second quarter of 2017.

6 thoughts on “World’s Largest Aerial Tram Opens for Business

  1. Robert Von Roll June 28, 2016 / 4:08 pm

    Wow. What are the size of the counterweights on the track cables?


    • Peter Landsman June 28, 2016 / 9:29 pm

      If it’s like the Garaventa tram at JHMR, the track ropes are fixed to bollards and only the haul rope has a counterweight.


  2. Robert Von Roll June 29, 2016 / 12:20 am

    Interesting how would the track ropes being in a fixed state not snap under the weight? They half to give. One tram im familiar with is the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. 2-120 ton counterweights for the track ropes and a 60 ton haul rope counterweight.


  3. Peter Landsman September 30, 2017 / 6:56 pm

    I always use feet on here but apparently the two towers are 188.88 meters and 123.45 meters, respectively. Someone was having fun.

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