The motive power required for a ropeway will vary with the conditions.
Modern ropeways worked with wire ropes date from about 1860, when a ropeway was erected in the Harz Mountains.
We have already noticed that it differs from the ropeway in that it has to hoist and discharge its burdens as well as convey them.
A ropeway may be carried over ground over which rails could only be laid at enormous cost.
The prime cost of a ropeway is usually moderate, though of course it varies with the ground and other local conditions.
The power absorbed by a ropeway is relatively moderate, and under special conditions may be nil.
The ropeway has a daily carrying capacity of 60 tons in one direction and of 30 tons in the other.
Prior to the establishment of this ropeway the logs were sent down a circuitous mountain track on bullock carts.