LIFT 62: Grand Trunk Railway

Model: 4-Person (750-pound capacity) with a canopy and an enclosed cabin.
Track: 180' at 23°
Year: 2015

Before they bought this gorgeous cottage property the purchasers were absolutely clear that, unless we could replace the existing old and dangerous lift with one of ours, they would not purchase it. We saw no problems and they went ahead with the real estate deal and the new lift. They're thrilled with their great view and their easy access to the water.

 The owners test riding their new lift.

The owners test riding their new lift.

 A great view up the nearly completed track and into the motor house. The installation hoist seen on the track carries 20' sections of track down the hill where they are fixed into place.

A great view up the nearly completed track and into the motor house. The installation hoist seen on the track carries 20' sections of track down the hill where they are fixed into place.

 We removed the old lift but left the pieces off to the side. After we completed the track using the installation hoist we converted it to serve as a mobile platform and used that to carry all the old track and, in this photo Matt and Wyatt, up the hill . Then we removed the hoist dolly and installed the standard dolly and car.

We removed the old lift but left the pieces off to the side. After we completed the track using the installation hoist we converted it to serve as a mobile platform and used that to carry all the old track and, in this photo Matt and Wyatt, up the hill . Then we removed the hoist dolly and installed the standard dolly and car.

 We modified the existing motor house to serve as our engine room, though we mounted our winch directly to the track as is our standard practice. This car has a canopy and removable side panels.

We modified the existing motor house to serve as our engine room, though we mounted our winch directly to the track as is our standard practice. This car has a canopy and removable side panels.

 Heading to the water.

Heading to the water.

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It's even hard to see the lift from overhead in the spring when the vegetation is at a low ebb. This difficult 7 story climb has become an easy, scenic 3 minute ride.

This was the first lift to use 3/8" compacted aircraft cable rather than the old industry standard 5/16" cable. We opted for the thicker cable as our new standard to make the ride smoother and to add to an already generous safety margin.