I want to stress how important safety and maintenance are for the Tulsa Skyride. I also want to emphasize that Doppelmayr, Von Roll’s ropeway business successor and world leader in ropeway manufacturing, provides service and support that keep the Tulsa Skyride up to date and supplied with new parts. This page will give you some idea of the complexity and importance of Tulsa Skyride maintenance.
Safety is Everything
A skyride has to be a safe ride. Safety is paramount for any ropeway like the Tulsa Skyride. When it comes to safety, there can be no compromise, no cutting corners. No one wants to be around an unsafe ride.
Maintenance is key to safety. Top-notch maintenance requires knowledgeable and skilled mechanics. And those mechanics require parts, tools, and services to do their jobs properly. Safety also requires knowledgeable management that stays aware of the operating environment to ensure that the skyride does not run in unsafe weather conditions.
Despite the Tulsa Von Roll being a 1965 installation, it has not been left behind in time. Doppelmayr provides support to all of the remaining Von Roll skyrides in the United States with parts, service, and more. This includes the Tulsa Skyride, which has the equivalent of “low mileage” because it has typically run only eleven days per year. Doppelmayr also supports “high mileage” Von Roll skyrides such as those at the San Diego Zoo and SeaWorld San Diego that run year-round. With Doppelmayr, the Tulsa Skyride has been brought up to modern standards while remaining a classic 1965 Von Roll.
Not surprisingly, a skyride ropeway is a complicated system. There are literally tons of parts: structural parts, moving mechanical parts, the wire rope (the cable), electrical system, electronics, electric drive motor, gas-powered auxiliary motor, the cabins and all their parts, and more.
Ropeway maintenance is complicated. It’s a big job. It’s serious business and is essential to skyride safety. I hope this page has given you some idea of the importance of maintenance as well as a glimpse into what some of the maintenance tasks involve. Let’s ride safely!