By: Kelly Holdaway On: November 14, 2014 In: Blog Comments: 0

UNIC URW-095 lifting gondola at railway station

A UNIC mini spider crane hired from GGR Group was used to hang a cable car gondola from the ceiling of London’s North Greenwich Underground station to promote “Emirates AirLine”, the cable car link across the River Thames.

The Emirates Airline was opened in 2012 and was the first urban cable car in the UK. The gondola lift link goes from the Greenwich Peninsula to the Royal Docks, North Greenwich being the closest London Underground station to the Greenwich cable car terminal.


A 0.995 tonne capacity UNIC URW-095 mini spider crane was chosen to lift the 2 metre by 2 metre gondola up to the station’s ceiling. After being tracked through the station to reach the lifting point, the mini crane started to lift the 400kg gondola and the steel attachment by which it was fixed to the ceiling.

UNIC mini crane lifts cable car ride gondolaWorking closely to the underside of the roof at a lifting height of 8.2 metres, the URW-095 mini crane was also able to work around surrounding obstacles such as the Emirates promotional stand which stood underneath the gondola.  The crane was used with a Portable Scrubber to filter fumes from the diesel engine in this indoor working environment.

To find out more about how UNIC mini cranes can be used in the rail sector take a look at our GGR Rail website, or contact our customer services team for more information.

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