American Recreational Tram Systems Inc -- "Your Safe Sensible Solutions"
American Recreational Tram Systems Inc -- "Your Safe Sensible Solutions"

FAQ

Why should I install an American Recreational Tram System?

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  • An American Recreational Tram System will improve the quality of life for you and your guests. Steps can be exhausting, potentially dangerous and require maintenance and replacement. With the press of a button you can be on your way, safely and comfortably to previously difficult or in some cases, totally inaccessible property.
  • With an American Recreational Tram System you will not have to worry about the safety of older guests and young children climbing up and down your hill.
  • Our Hill-climbing tram system can increase your property value by providing comfortable, easy access to your waterfront.
  • An American Recreational Tram System is a safe, sensible solution to your steep waterfront property.  A tram will allow you to make several trips up and down your hill to run errands or to restock coolers without having to feel the burn of muscle strain.

Is an American Recreational Tram System easy to operate?

  • Yes! An American Recreational Tram System features push-button access that can be easily operated by people all ages.  The buttons are well marked and color coded so even young children can safely operate our tram system.
  • Our computer regulated speed controller provides comfortable acceleration and deceleration, allowing for a smooth ride for you and your guests similar to that of a modern commercial elevator.

How many people can safely ride in the passenger car?

  • Our spacious passenger car can carry up to 1000 lbs and rides comfortably from top to bottom.  The passenger car is 4 x 6 feet and will comfortably carry four average adults plus all the necessities for water recreation.

Can a person with physical limitations use the tram system?

  • Yes! An American Recreational Tram System makes it easy for people with physical limitations or disabilities to enjoy your waterfront.  People of all ages and abilities can use and enjoy an American Recreational Tram System. A special handicap accessible passenger car is available for those with special needs.

How fast can the tram passenger car travel?

  • The passenger car will smoothly travel 60-90 feet per minute. The ride is relaxing and enjoyable from top to bottom.

What safety features does an American Recreational Tram System employ?

  • Our tram system includes seven independent braking systems, three individual galvanized cabling systems and a passenger car that cannot tip off the track.  Top and bottom limit switches as well as an over-limit braking system automatically ensures that the passenger car will not travel past the designated landings.

Can the passenger car accidentally tip or fall off the track?

  • ABSOLUTELY NOT!  The passenger car has combined 6 inches of steel as safety guides that lock the passenger car onto the track.

What determines the cost of an American Recreational Tram System?

  • The total length of the tram, the angle of the terrain and the expected rock and soil composition are factors in determining factors of the cost of an American Recreational Tram System.  Other factors include installation time and the transportation of materials to your installation site.
  • We provide an on-site evaluation to identify these factors and to provide you with a complete, comprehensive installation quote.
  • All required components are fabricated in our company owned manufacturing facility to ensure quality control, and to reduce the final cost to the customer.

How is an American Recreational Tram System Powered

  • American Recreational Tram Systems uses three phase technology.  This allows for computer regulated speed control providing the smoothest ride possible for you and your guests.
  • Three-Phase electrical and control systems are used extensively by manufacturing & production companies in the United States due to superior performance, durability, increased efficiency and reliability while reducing wear and tear on the equipment minimizing the need for repairs.

Do I need three phase electrical service?

  • No! Our three phase system does not require three phase electrical service in your area.  We use phase converters to modify a normal 220 volt power source to three phase operating power in the control panel.

Is an American Recreational Tram System used strictly for waterfront property?

  • No!  An American Recreational Tram System is very versatile and is appropriate for any mountain, lake, river, or other steep terrain locations where numerous outdoor steps would be necessary.
  • An American Recreational Tram System can be your safe, sensible solution even when traditional steps are impractical or even impossible.

What do I do when the tram passenger car is at the opposite end of the track?

  • Control buttons are located at the top and bottom of an American Recreational Tram System. If the passenger car is at the top of the track, simply push the down button and the car will automatically travel to the bottom-landing site. If the passenger car is at the bottom of the track, simply push the up button and the car will automatically travel to the top-landing site. It is quick and easy with the up, down and stop button system.

How can I prevent unauthorized use of the tram system?

  • We install a lockable ON/OFF disconnect box for each tram system.  For additional security, the circuit breaker for the tram system located in your circuit panel can be switched to the off position.
  • Optional keyed access can be provided in the control button assembly to restrict access to your tram system.

What would happen if the power failed while the tram is being used?

  • The electronic braking system is always engaged when the tram is in use. In the event of a power outage the electronic break would engage and would immediately stop the passenger car on the track.

What would happen if the main cable failed or if it should break?

  • The "Cable or Cable Failure" would immediately activate, stopping the passenger car on the track. The passenger car cannot come off the track and our system has seven independent braking systems for your safety and peace of mind.

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