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Feb 27, 2016 8:42 AM

Tramway reopens for first time since stranding 48 on Feb. 14

The Associated Press

FRANCONIA — New Hampshire's Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway is reopening after a mechanical problem on Valentine's Day led to 48 people being rescued when two trams got stuck 40 feet off the ground in sub-zero temperatures.

The tramway cars, which carry 70 passengers to the mountain's scenic summit, reopened Saturday after repairs to fix a shaft and the housing that had become fused together.

Cannon Mountain marketing director Greg Keeler said skiers were still able to reach the summit during the past two weeks via chairlifts. But the tramway attracts non-skiers to the peak of the 4,200-foot mountain for panoramic views of the White Mountains and Franconia Notch.

When one tram jolted to a stop Feb. 14, stalling a second tram, rescue crews helped rappel the 48 passengers to the slope below.

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