Freight Cableway Remains

Hiking Researchers
Medium | 2 hrs

At the end of 1915 a freight cableway was constructed: from its lower station in Kranjska Gora, the cableway went up to Vršič and then descended to Črča. In the autumn of 1917 an extension was added to the station at Kal-Koritnica. The concrete blocks you see here, at the Šupca viewpoint, are the remains of the cableway.
The freight cableway acted as an additional means of supplying the 10th Austro-Hungarian Army corps on the slopes of the Krn Mountain Range. In winter, when snow made the Vršič road impassable, this was the only way to supply the troops. In the spring of 1916 a huge avalanche buried the road and the cableway under snow, so it needed to be moved further east. The cableway was divided into 2.5-km sections. Each section was powered by a 20-35 HP engine, and the maximum height difference between two ends of a section was 350 metres. The haulage steel wire rope ran at a speed of 1.5 m/s. The carts, able to transport up to 100 kilograms loads, were suspended from the steel rope by means of an automatic grip. The transporting capacity of the cableway was 250 tons per day at 16-hour operation and under normal working conditions. In strong wind, the cableway did not operate. Along a steeper section on the southern side of Vršič, another, less powerful type of a cableway was used.
In addition to being a winter supply route, the Vršič freight cableway played a very important role in the delivery of military supplies for the Twelfth Isonzo Battle in 1917, when the 14th German Army broke the front line and pushed Italians to the river Piave.

Text: Infoboard of the Triglav National Park at Šupca
Photos: (1–3) Fundacija Poti miru, (4) Dom Trenta

Access and useful info

Access

From the Koča pri izviru Soče Mountain Hut, follow the Walk of Peace and Alpe Adria Trail in the direction of the Vršič Pass. The remains of the freight cableway are located above the path, about a kilometre from the hut. You can also see the remains from the Štupca Viewpoint located by the road that goes from the Trenta Valley up to the Vršič Pass.

Information

Center za obiskovalce Pot miru, Kobarid
(The Walk of Peace Visitor Centre, Kobarid)
Gregorčičeva ulica 8
SI–5222 Kobarid
+386 5 389 0167, +386 31 586 296
turizem@potmiru.si, info@thewalkofpeace.com
www.thewalkofpeace.com

Hiking Researchers
Medium | 2 hrs

Duration

2 hrs

GPS coordinates

46.413016, 13.734155

Altitude

1,250 m

Best time of year

April‒November, December‒March*
* In winter time check the conditions on the terrain!

Equipment

Trekking clothing and footwear, drinks and food from backpack, trekking poles

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