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2013-04-24 00:36:12.857466+00 by meuon 2 comments

Using wire ropes for energy transmission is/was more efficent than electricity for short distances. The article has some great steam-punkish (but real) photos of actual installations.

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#Comment Re: made: 2013-04-24 07:41:31.622817+00 by: TheSHAD0W

Interesting how they don't mention those systems were very dangerous and workers often lost limbs getting tangled in them.

#Comment Re: made: 2013-04-24 14:22:09.007632+00 by: Dan Lyke

Surely we shouldn't let a stupid thing like worker safety trump efficiency, no?

I also remember the rope tows at the Mount Greylock Ski Club, and how much work they were to keep running...