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Chairlift - History

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The contract to build the new chair lift was granted in 1951 to Mr. Von Roll of Berne by SFSM. On 8 July 1953 the new chair lift of Mt.Vesuvius was inaugurated. It was the first twin-seat plant with moving chairs in Italy and cost only one-third of what it would have cost to rebuild the funicular.


The new Vesuvius chair lift inaugurated in 1953

On 31 May 1961, the "Vesuvius Railway and Funicular Company" changed its company title in "Vesuvius chair lift and bus-line" and was controlled by Circumvesuviana. The plant could transport until 1000 persons daily. As the years went by, it became not much suitable to transport tourists, because unable to transport at the same time the numerous groups. From 1953 to 1984 the plant has almost transported 100.000 persons, half of which were foreigners. In 1984, for the reasons previously cited, the chair lift was stopped for ever.
 


 

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