Scale great heights when you ride on the Genting Skyway!
The weather was really foggy and it started to drizzle too. Luckily for us, the Cable Cars in Genting Skyway were still operating! If not, we wouldn’t have the chance to ride the Skyway and that also means we won’t have this opportunity to share these lovely pictures with you guys!
Officially opened by Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad, the Genting Skyway can carry more than 2000 people per hour each way with 8 passengers per gondola. At the maximum speed of 6 meters per second, the 3.38 km journey down the mountain peak takes only slightly more than 10 minutes.
Passengers disembark at the smart and impressive Genting Skyway Station at Gohtong Jaya. Bus and car parking facilities are readily available and many taxis are stationed there.
As for going upwards, this efficient station will allow hotel and luggage check-in procedures to be completed at the station itself. Visitors need only sit back and enjoy a leisurely ride up to the holiday resort without having to go through further hassles of checking-in formalities while at hotels.
Back when we were still up there in Genting Highlands, we took some time to check out the Visitor Galleria. Over there, we read quite a fair bit of information, saw some technical statstatistics and also, the timeline of how much Genting Highlands has expanded.
According to the information, no expense was during the construction phase of the Genting Skyway to ensure the complete safety of the system
The 2 x 640KW power of the main drive and the 54mm diameter solid cable wire also makes it one of the most powerful and strongest mono-cable gondola installation in the world.
The entire system, together with its high-tech electronic equipment was built in accordance with stringent Swiss regulations and it has a double safety circuit completely independent and is absolutely safe from all faults.
The foundation used for the pylons is of the “Hang-dug Caisson” type. Each pylon is founded on four Caissons measuring 1.2 meters in diameter, which are docked into sockets down to bedrock. The average depth of the Caissons is about 40 meters and each group of four Caissons piles can take a vertical load of 4,000 tonnes against the maximum vertical load of 150 tonnes from the cable car system.
The Caissons method is about the safest and strongest foundation in existence, designed specifically for hilly terrain. Each pylon is accessible via rescue tracks on the ground, whilst each gondola is equipped with radio communication equipment from the stations.
The Genting Skyway has placed Malaysia up there, as a famous location for one of the most modern cable car systems and will continue to further enhance the international fame of Resort World Genting, especially when the 20th Century Fox Theme World opens its doors in 2016!
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