Sundola – Central Washington State Fair, WA

This Riblet chairlift services a short fall fair in Yakima, Washington each year.
The lift has 8 towers and 115 chairs.
Drive station with backup combustion engine.
Drive shaft and bullwheel.
Side view of the drive bullwheel.
Tower 8 at the loading area.
Tower 6.
Southern end of the lift.
Return terminal with tension carriage.
View north.
Concrete counterweight.
Tower 1.
Long return station.
Return bullwheel and loading area.
Sheaves integrated into the southern station.
Riding over the fair.
The Sundola passes the Sundome.
Riblet chairs with close spacing.
Carrier with rare safety bar for Washington.
Arriving at the drive terminal.
Riding south.
Tower 2.
The return bullwheel.
View north at tower 1.
8 sheave assemblies.
Looking up at T3.
Tower 6.
Tower near the drive station..
North station bullwheel.
A tower head.

3 thoughts on “Sundola – Central Washington State Fair, WA

  1. Jim Castor November 23, 2019 / 8:27 am

    The sheaves look Riblety, but the towers don’t. Any ideas what they are?


    • VintageChairlifts November 24, 2019 / 6:06 pm

      I haven’t found a solid source for when they installed this, but there was a contest to name it in the mid 90s, so I’d assume it was built around then.

      It seems like Riblet started changing up their designs around this time. C-8 at Mt. Baker has towers that don’t look traditionally Riblet as well.

      But that’s just me hazarding a guess.


  2. John November 25, 2019 / 1:14 pm

    Those are Riblet towers. They only built a few like them; most of the ones people are used to are the clamp-style built from angle iron or C-channel (like the aforementioned chair 8).


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