Reverse Engineering the Bleichert Ropeway

Ian D’Arth of Australian Winch and Haulage P/L offered to do the calculations on loads, track ropes and catenaries. He has based his calculations on field measurements and satellite data. He assumed that the ropeway was fully populated with buckets. As the ropeway was operated over three years, many buckets were de-roped and fell into the valley. This created many difficulties with operating a balanced system. It didn’t stop them however, and once AKO&M took over in 1890, they kept it running until they broke the outbye rope on the cliff edge at the Northern terminal.

A lot of recovery of equipment then took place, but exactly how much was recovered and when, we cannot tell.

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Haulage rope diagram