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Öttingen-Differdinge cable car

Öttingen-Differdinge cable car

Cable car for iron ores

Only a dozen pylons remain of the cable car between the iron mine in Öttingen, France and the blast furnaces of Terres Rouges in Differdange, Luxembourg.

The twelve-kilometer-long cable car to transport iron ore was built in 1906. The Hauts-Fourneaux et Aciéries de Differdange turned to Pohlig, a Cologne company owned by engineer Julius Pohlig. His company specialized in constructing cable cars to transport ores and coal from one place to another.

The funicular crossed the border between France and Luxembourg three times, spanning several roads and railways. Each carrying more than a ton of ores, barges sailed towards the blast furnaces at 8 kilometers per hour.

In the early 1970s, the Ottingen ore mine closed. Part of the cable car was decommissioned before its final closure and dismantling took place in 1980. About ten of the 144 pylons that supported the cables have been preserved.

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