A cable traction drive system is utilized, with carriage travel speeds of 50 to 80 feet per minute – depending on the severity of the slope. The rated capacity is four persons plus gear or 1000 lbs.
Each carriage is custom designed with aluminium construction. The typical dimensions are 5’ x 4’ with 42” railing and two separate doors. We encourage your ideas when designing each carriage as many features can be added to best suit you.
There is the option of powder coating the carriage to either blend in with the landscape or house.
Structural grade aluminum is utilized for all structural components and all fasteners used are stainless steel, to ensure that your investment will look great for years to come.
Every tram is equipped with three separate measures of safety—all safety systems have been inspected, tested and approved by the provincial elevator safety authority.
Our standard trams are equipped with two handheld wireless remotes. Every tram remote is individually programmed to ensure user security. A variety of options are available from remotes, to keypads, to wireless control through your internet connection.
The tram carriage stops automatically at both landings and any intermediate stations that you may have. The carriage gently accelerates and de-accelerates for rider comfort.
Not all sites provide a straight line of sight between the upper and lower landings; therefore, we have developed a slope change system where one rail pitch change can be provided for a better fit to your site profile.
This also provides the added flexibility required to connect multiple landings sites, such as upper and lower decks of your home.
Many of our clients like to retain stairs down to their property; therefore, we have created a 12" wide aluminum stair tread and handrail design that can be incorporated into the design of the tram that does not require any additional foundations or footings and does not need to be maintained like conventional wood stairs.
If you are looking for a wider tread we have also designed a cantilever system that is attached alongside the tram. We have the ability to build up to a 30" wide aluminum tread.
Silverspan trams are fully wheel chair accessible, and additional custom features can be added to accommodate most health and mobility issues. While primarily designed for people; our trams also work great for transporting materials up steep banks, or in commercial applications where we have one unit in a vineyard transporting cases of wine from the production area up to the sales area.
We can construct a tram on virtually any stable slope, utilizing concrete footings, helical screw piles or direct pining to rock; all foundations are both geotechnically & structurally engineered.
In addition to personal use trams for individual homes, BC Safety approved systems are available for private multi-family applications where one tram provides access for several home owners.
What is included in a Silverspan Tram?
Simply put…everything! We take care of the entire project from start to finish. You do not have to worry about permits, supplying materials or engineering; all is taken care of by our qualified staff.
Once installed and operational we take time to go through the entire system so that you become familiar with it. We can show you what needs to be maintained and we also offer a yearly maintenance package for additional peace of mind.