ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The Sandia Peak tram will celebrate its 50th birthday next year with new tram cars — but you’ll have to wait until May to see what they look like.
The current cars, which have been in service since 1986, will be retired after traveling about 868,000 miles up and down the cables that lead to Sandia Crest.
It will be the third round of cars for the Sandia Peak Tramway, which began operations on May 7, 1966. Like the previous cars, the new ones will be built by CWA Constructions, a Swiss company.
The current cars weigh about 8,000 pounds each, and the Swiss manufacturer delivered them by ship to Houston and then by semi-truck to Albuquerque, communications director Debi Owen said.