The Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway was evacuated on Sunday for the first time in its history. The tram’s two cars stopped around 1:50 pm, only about 75 feet out of the stations due to
a yet-to-be-specified mechanical problem a bearing issue with the electric motor. After an hour and half, tram operators began lowering passengers by rope with the temperature hovering around zero. It took another hour and a half for all 48-passengers to make it safely off the red and yellow tram cars. Great work by the two operators who performed under pressure with minimal outside help.
Each tram cabin normally carries up to 70 passengers just over a mile between stations. Aguido (now merged with Leitner) built the Cannon Mountain Tramway back in 1979, replacing one built in 1938. The State of New Hampshire owns and operates Cannon Mountain as part of Franconia Notch State Park. Mountain management hopes to have the tram back open tomorrow morning. These things always seem to happen on a holiday weekend! (not far away at Sunday River the workhorse Chondola has also been down all weekend.)
Update 2/15: The tram will remain closed at least through the first part of this week.