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Home > Vermont > Fayston > Mad River Glen, Single Chair Ski Lift, 62 Mad River Glen Resort Road, Fayston, Washington County, VT



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Location
62 Mad River Glen Resort Road, Fayston, VT

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1968.

Notes
Survey number HAER VT-38
Unprocessed field note material exists for this structure (N1079).
Significance: Mad River Glen is the home of the Single Chair Ski Life, the longest and oldest operating single chair ski lift in its original location in North America - a historical treasure for the ski industry. The American Steel and Wire Company designed and installed this patented aerial ski tramway. This technology was fundamental to the success of the Vermont ski industry and transformed the rural landscape, making it an important part of the state's industrial and environmental history.

Collection
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
DRIVE TERMINAL WITH VAULT MOTOR ROOM IN BASEMENT. SINGLE CHAIR SKI LIFT (1947) ON LEFT, DOUBLE CHAIR SKI LIFT (1962) ON RIGHT. LOOKING SOUTHWEST WITH GENERAL STARK MOUNTAIN IN THE BACKGROUND.
ORIGINAL 1948 BASE BOX (CENTER BUILDING WITH LARGE WINDOWS AND STONE CHIMNEY) IN EXPANDED SKI LODGE. DRIVE TERMINAL AND TOWER 2 ON RIGHT, LOOKING EAST.
DRIVE TERMINAL ON LEFT, TOWER 1 ON RIGHT, LOOKING EAST.
NORTH WALL OF DRIVE TERMINAL WITH VAULT MOTOR ROOM IN BASEMENT, LOOKING SOUTHWEST.
WEST WALL OF DRIVE TERMINAL WITH OPERATOR'S ROOM AT RIGHT, LOOKING SOUTHEAST.
SOUTH WALL OF DRIVE TERMINAL WITH OPERATOR'S ROOM IN CENTER, LOOKING NORTHEAST.
TOWER 1 IN CENTER,REPLACEMENT MODEL SINGLE CHAIR IN FOREGROUND, LOOKING SOUTHWEST UP THE LIFT LINE.
BASE OF BULLWHEEL DRIVE SHAFT IN VAULT MOTOR ROOM, CONNECTING TO REDUCTION GEAR SHAFTING. FERREL SPEED REDUCER IN FOREGROUND, FACING WEST. NOTE TWO DIAGONAL LINES: TORQUE CONVERTER CABLE (IN PIECE OF WHITE GUTTER), THROTTLE CABLE (IN LOWER STEEL TUBING).
BASE OF BULLWHEEL DRIVE SHAFT IN VAULT MOTOR ROOM, CONNECTING TO REDUCTION GEAR SHAFTING. FERREL SPEED REDUCER IN FOREGROUND, FACING WEST. NOTE TWO DIAGONAL LINES: TORQUE CONVERTER CABLE (IN PIECE OF WHITE GUTTER), THROTTLE CABLE (IN LOWER STEEL TUBING).
DETAIL OF BEVELED GEARS OF DRIVE SHAFT, LOOKING SOUTHWEST.
DISC BRAKE SYSTEM (CENTER), INCLUDING BELT DRIVE TO SECONDARY GENERAL MOTORS ENGINE (LEFT)AND FERREL REDUCTION GEAR CONNECTION TO ALLIS-CHALMERS DIESEL ENGINE (RIGHT), LOOKING NORTH. NOTE TORQUE CONVERTER (TOP) AND THROTTLE (BELOW) LINES CONNECTING TO PRIMARY ENGINE.
SIDE VIEW OF ALLIS-CHALMERS DIESEL ENGINE, LOOKING WEST.
ALLIS-CHALMERS DIESEL ENGINE, LOOKING SOUTHEAST.
SECONDARY GENERAL MOTORS DIESEL ENGINE WITH CONNECTION TO REDUCTION GEAR BELT DRIVE SYSTEM, LOOKING SOUTH.
COUNTERWEIGHT, CONNECTED TO HYDRAULIC BRAKE SYSTEM, IN REAR OF VAULT MOTOR ROOM, LOOKING SOUTHWEST.
10' DIAMETER BULLWHEEL IN MAIN LEVEL OF DRIVE TERMINAL, LOOKING NORTHEAST. SHEAVE WHEEL SUPPORTING LIFT CABLE IN CENTER.
BULLWHEEL, LOOKING SOUTH.
BULLWHEEL FROM REAR OF DRIVE TERMINAL, LOOKING SOUTH.
SECOND FLOOR OF OPERATOR'S ROOM, WITH THROTTLE LEVER ABOVE TORQUE CONVERTER SWITCH, AT LEFT. MAGNETIC SOLENOID IS IN CENTER, HYDRAULIC BRAKE PUMP IS IN UPPER RIGHT, LOOKING WEST.
TOWER 1, LOOKING WEST.
TWO CONCRETE DEAD MEN, LOCATED BETWEEN TOWERS 2 AND 3, LOOKING WEST.
TOWER 3, LOOKING NORTHEAST TOWARDS BASE AREA.
TOWER 4, LOOKING SOUTH.
TOWER 4, LOOKING NORTH TOWARDS BASE AREA.
TOWER 4 CONCRETE BASES, LOOKING NORTH.
TOWER 4, DETAIL OF CONCRETE BASES, LOOKING NORTH.
Rear of REPLACEMENT MODEL single chair from mid station. Tower 13 in background, LOOKing northeast.
Detail of original model single chair at mid station, LOOKing east.
Rear of ORIGINAL MODEL single chair, LOOKing southwest.
HAER architect Christopher Marston riding single chair, LOOKing east.
HAER photographer Jet Lowe riding single chair, LOOKing east.
GENERAL VIEW OF MID STATION AND TOWER 15, LOOKING EAST.
GENERAL VIEW OF MID STATION AND TOWERS 15 AND 14 (REAR), LOOKING NORTH.
TOWER 15 WITH MID STATION SHELTER IN BACKGROUND, LOOKING NORTHWEST.
DETAIL OF SHEAVE WHEELS ON TOWER 15, LOOKING NORTHEAST.
View uphill of single chair lift, tower 15 in foreground, TOWERS 16 and 17 in the distance, LOOKING SOUTH.
VIEW DOWNHILL OF TOWER 21, WITH TOWER 20 IN THE DISTANCE, LOOKING NORTHEAST.
TOWER 22 IN FOREGROUND WITH TENSION TERMINAL IN BACKGROUND, LOOKING SOUTH.
TOWER 22, LOOKING EAST.
TENSION TERMINAL WITH SHELTER AND TOWER 22 IN BACKGROUND, LOOKING EAST.
Perspective view of tension tERMINAL, facing south.
Bullwheel and counterweight in tENSION TERMINAL, LOOKING southeast.


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