ON THE HISTORY OF CABLE CARS: CENTENARY OF THE NIAGARA SPANISH AEROCAR (1916-2016)

Posted: January 12th, 2017
When:
February 17, 2017 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
2017-02-17T19:00:00+00:00
2017-02-17T21:00:00+00:00
Where:
LONDON:
75 Cowcross St
London EC1M
UK
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Membership Secretary

PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF VENUE       A lecture by Francisco A. González Redondo. On the 8 August 1916, the first cable car for passengers of North America opened to the public at Niagara Falls (Canada): the Niagara Spanish Aerocar. Designed by the Spanish Civil Engineer Leonardo Torres Quevedo, it was built, administered and run initially by a Spanish Company established in Canada in 1914. It has been in operation for more than 100 years without suffering a single accident. In fact, the Niagara Aerocar was a replica of the Transbordador del Monte Ulía (San Sebastian, Spain), the first cable car opened to the public in the World in 1907, one year prior to Von Roll’s The Wetterhorn (Grindelwald, Switzerland). The Transbordador was built following Torres Quevedo’s specifications granted between 1887 and 1889 by the Patent Offices of Germany, France, United Kingdom, USA, Spain, Italy, Switzerland and Austria. Torres’ system, the first explicitly conceived for carrying passengers, was completed after trials undertaken in 1885 and 1886 at the Valle de Iguña (Cantabria, Spain), as described in his 1887 patents. It could have been put into operation for the first time at Mount Pilatus (Luzern, Switzerland), but the works undertaken as early as 1889 ended up unsuccessfully in 1896, after what Brian Waldiss (2006) euphemistically considered “bureaucratic” issues.

  • Forthcoming Events

    Jan
    22
    Mon
    2018
    6:30 pm History of Gas Manufacture in th... @ SHEFFIELD Kelham Island Museum
    History of Gas Manufacture in th... @ SHEFFIELD Kelham Island Museum
    Jan 22 @ 6:30 pm – 8:15 pm
    A lecture by Prof. Russell Thomas. This is a joint meeting with the South Yorkshire Industrial History Society
    Jan
    30
    Tue
    2018
    6:30 pm Stuffed in attic trunks and the ... @ MANCHESTER Museum of Science & Industry
    Stuffed in attic trunks and the ... @ MANCHESTER Museum of Science & Industry
    Jan 30 @ 6:30 pm – 8:15 pm
    Michael Grace’s Presidential Address examines the value of detailed technical history and its status
    Feb
    7
    Wed
    2018
    7:00 pm Plastics – their origins and dev... @ BIRMINGHAM: Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum
    Plastics – their origins and dev... @ BIRMINGHAM: Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum
    Feb 7 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    A lecture by Dr Susan Mossman
    Feb
    15
    Thu
    2018
    7:30 pm Stuffed in attic trunks and the ... @ BRISTOL, BAWA
    Stuffed in attic trunks and the ... @ BRISTOL, BAWA
    Feb 15 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
    Michael  Grace’s Presidential Address. Stuffed in attic trunks and the minds of aging scientists? Reflections on Technical History and the History of Technology It is widely accepted that the world as we know it today[...]
    Feb
    16
    Fri
    2018
    6:30 pm On the Centenary of the Royal Ai... @ The Gallery
    On the Centenary of the Royal Ai... @ The Gallery
    Feb 16 @ 6:30 pm – 8:15 pm
    A lecture by Dr. Francisco A. Gonzalez Redondo, Please note venue is at the Gallery, Cowcross Street, EC1M 6EL
  • Twitter Feed


  • Latest News

    • Help Hollycombe Steam Collection

      Calendar Add to Calendar Add to Timely Calendar Add to Google Add to Outlook Add to Apple Calendar Add to other calendar Export to XML When: February 17, 2017 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm 2017-02-17T19:00:00+00:00 2017-02-17T21:00:00+00:00 Where: LONDON: 75 Cowcross St London EC1M UK Cost: Free Contact: Membership Secretary Email London UK Hollycombe is […]

    • NewcomenLinks 244

      Calendar Add to Calendar Add to Timely Calendar Add to Google Add to Outlook Add to Apple Calendar Add to other calendar Export to XML When: February 17, 2017 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm 2017-02-17T19:00:00+00:00 2017-02-17T21:00:00+00:00 Where: LONDON: 75 Cowcross St London EC1M UK Cost: Free Contact: Membership Secretary Email London UK now available […]

    • Henry Maudslay Lecture

      Calendar Add to Calendar Add to Timely Calendar Add to Google Add to Outlook Add to Apple Calendar Add to other calendar Export to XML When: February 17, 2017 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm 2017-02-17T19:00:00+00:00 2017-02-17T21:00:00+00:00 Where: LONDON: 75 Cowcross St London EC1M UK Cost: Free Contact: Membership Secretary Email London UK Camden History […]

    • Newcomen Southern Lecture

      Calendar Add to Calendar Add to Timely Calendar Add to Google Add to Outlook Add to Apple Calendar Add to other calendar Export to XML When: February 17, 2017 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm 2017-02-17T19:00:00+00:00 2017-02-17T21:00:00+00:00 Where: LONDON: 75 Cowcross St London EC1M UK Cost: Free Contact: Membership Secretary Email London UK CORRECTION: Michael […]

    • More News...