Georgia. Chiatura - the city of cable cars


Not very big (about 14,000 people), the Georgian city of Chiatura lies away from the tourist routes. Not everyone who goes to Georgia visits him. Part of the guidebooks are silent about him. However, the city is very interesting. And first of all it is interesting for its cableways, which, like public transport, transport people from one point of the city to another. One of the cable cars is even the very first cable car in the USSR. Later, several dozen more "air metro" lines were built.
Boast a rich history of the city can not. First, in its place was located the village of Kvirila, named after the local river. In the 19th century, it became known that there are deposits of manganese (it is used in the smelting of steel). The settlement begins to develop rapidly and turn into a mining region. Things went well, and once the share of the city in the global export of manganese was 60%.
The city of Chiatura has become since 1921. And in 1926, one of the most famous townspeople was born here - the actor Archil Gomiashvili, who played Ostap Bender in the “12 chairs” gaydayevsky.Before the collapse of the Union, about 30,000 thousand people lived here, now it has decreased by about 3 times.
After the war, the authorities decided that there would be a resort in Chiatura. Hardly anyone will say why here, but in the plans appeared resorts, hotels and parks. Also on the project there should have been a cable car, which was done in 1954. It became the first in the USSR passenger cable car (from the center to one of the districts of the city). Later in the city, about 20 more lines were built, some of which were carrying raw materials, and some were public transport. Straight aerial metro!
Alas, now far from all lines act. When we worked only 2, and one saw a hanging booth. I thought, we will find more lines, but what to do)
1. Downtown. Chiatura stands on the Kvirila River

2. In the center, on the shore, is the first cable car station that was built in 1954. Now it is slowly overgrown, and from the river it can be seen badly.

3. She is on the other side. From here there are 2 lines to different areas of the city. For the one on the left, we'll go a little later.

4. Inside the station. It is immediately obvious that everything was built up to the famous Khrushchev struggle with excesses in architecture. When was the last repair here, I can not say

five.Plates of the 1950s?

6. Drawing inside the station. The author is Georgian artist Dr. Love (Bacha Khoperia), work in 2015. It turned out cool, but it looks a bit creepy, like some graffiti in abandoned buildings. Packages are not included in the author's plan; they were left by people waiting for the cable car. It looks funny shovel, as if getting into the package)

7. Cabin cable car above the river. Well, how can you not remember Pepelats and "Kin-Dza-Dza!")

8. Cabins of the second line. It goes from the same station to another district of the city where manganese mines are located.

9. From the building of the station itself, Lenin and Stalin are watching the city. I really do not know why he was not removed after the personality cult. Apparently they thought that this city was considered a wilderness, and that various commissions and checks would not go here. Although this is only my personal opinion

10. At first we will go along the "blue" line. The cabins were recently painted, a few years ago, judging by the photos on the net, they were shabby. Free ride

11. The booth waits for a while, and then the doors close. Sometimes they are closed by the employee, sometimes by the passengers themselves.

12. Go! With us once a few more people rode, once in the booth we were alone

13. The cabin bobs a little, but it's not scary to go

14.The speed is not great, but not a turtle.
Roads work like a pendulum - both cabins are connected by the same rope. The electric motor pulls one cab down. With the help of her weight rises another. There are no brakes, if suddenly the rope is broken, the cabs at high speed will simply fall. If you turn off the electricity, you can manually drag the cabin to where it is necessary

15. Inside the cabin. Apparently she still remembers the USSR

16. Upper (or final) station

17. Upstairs is a lookout. The river Kvirila, the railway station and the gorge built up with high-rise buildings and private houses. The building with columns - DC. The box under the mountain is the Administration building, near the bridge is a house with a turret, where the board of the Chiaturmarganets company sits

18. The center is closer. For DK like a church is being built. Cult buildings, like in any city that was built during the Soviet era, are few in Chiatura. Some of the buildings are decorated in bright colors, which is very cool in a gray industrial city.

19. Next to the lookout is located the railway ring where the trolley filled with manganese is unloaded and returned back to the mine. Mine is very close

20. The station already familiar to us in 1954 and the booth of the line built at the same time

21. Station upstairs.This line rises in one of the urban areas, which is fortunate, I would not call

22. The look of the booths, I think, has changed little since the 1950s.

23. There is also a lookout here, but for some reason it was closed.

24. There she is, behind the fence. But nothing, everything is clear. Almost see the river, closer to the left edge of the recreation center and center. Previous observation in the frame is not included, it is the right of the right edge

25. Piggy near the lookout

26. As I said, before the collapse of the Union, the city lived well, and the population increased. In the late 1980s - early 1990s, everything changed. Ore production declined, wages fell. People began to leave the city. Some houses are abandoned. Why the house was covered with iron, I did not understand, but its appearance makes the whole picture even more terrible

27. Some apartments are empty

28. Everything reminds whether Abkhazia or Chernobyl

29. I imagine the spectacle in gray weather.
By the way, the camera is not welcome here. At its sight, the locals rather sharply asked not to take pictures of them or the house. I have never met anything like this anywhere in Georgia.

30. We return to the station and go down. The height difference is impressive

31. Beauty!

32. Meeting. No one took the fare either, although I read that it costs some symbolic kopecks.

33. Shadow of a booth

34. Returning to the lower station. Next quote Shota Rustaveli

35. Another cable station, but it does not work. Cab hung until better times

36. It is said that in 2008 a cabin was stuck on the line when it was transporting a dozen people. The city did not have the necessary equipment to save people. It arrived only after 12 hours with a rescue team from Tbilisi. The people who spent the abyss all this time, have paid compensation

37. House with a tower

38. On the mountain one can see half-abandoned houses where we were

I read that the Georgian government decided to reconstruct several lines of cable cars, money was allocated for this. Let's see what will happen)
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