Built in 1952, this cable car in Chiatura, Georgia has outlasted the Soviet Union and continues to work even till now.
This rusted tin box suspended from steel ropes is still the preferred mode of travel for people in this hilly town of Western Georgia. By looks of it, this seems one of the most dangerous ways to commute but for people living above the city, this is the fastest and the most comfortable way of reaching their destination.
In a video released by Middle East based news channel Al Jazeera, operator of the cable car says, “You just need two minutes to come here by cable car but bus takes an hour at least. This is the fastest and the most comfortable transport.”
The cable car system was installed in the 1950s to ferry people working in manganese mines. It’s been running since then 24×7. Clearly, the engineering has outlasted the Soviet Union. As of today, Chiatura no longer resembles a socialist utopia, but this machinery still keeps some memories alive.