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Longyearbyen - Coal cableway at Burmaveien

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The old coal cable­way („tauba­ne“ in Nor­we­gi­an) has been taken out of use many years ago now. Today, coal is trans­por­ted by lor­ry from the mines (mine 7 is the only one still in use near Lon­gye­ar­by­en) to the har­bour. Nevertheless, the old cable­way is some­thing most peop­le in Lon­gye­ar­by­en are proud of. They are real eye­cat­chers, visu­al attrac­tions in the archi­tec­tu­re of the who­le place, they are remin­ders of Longyearbyen’s histo­ry as a coal mining com­pa­ny town and today, they are a land­mark that many locals love.

This part of the old coal cable­way is stan­ding next to Bur­ma­vei­en abo­ve the har­bour, a bit out­side of cen­tral Lon­gye­ar­by­en. Bur­ma­vei­en used to be the con­nec­tion to Hotell­ne­set (the old coal har­bour) befo­re the road to the air­port was built. Today, Bur­ma­vei­en is used as a wal­king rou­te to the air­port or cam­ping sitee without car traf­fic.

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last modification: 2019-02-04 · copyright: Rolf Stange
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