Suspend a bus from cables and use the motor, drive train, wheel hubs to pull the vehicle up a mountain. It sounded like a good idea at the time and it sure was novel.
The Mt. Hood Skiway opened in 1951 as a fun and scenic way of getting skiers up the mountain. This was done because the road to the ski areas was often unpassable.
The project was begun in 1947 and ran into many snags in the engineering of the sky bus. By the time the Skiway service opened in ’51, the road to the mountain had long been improved and the novelty of taking a flying bus soon wore off. Five years after opening, the service was discontinued.
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