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The Aerial Tramway

    The Army's aerial tramway was first erected at Camp Wallace and later moved to Fort Eustis near the Reserve Fleet for further testing. 

   The purpose of the tramway was to provide cargo movement from ship-to-shore, shore-to-ship, and overland.  The tramway supplemented beach and pier operations, used unloading points deemed unusable due to inadequate or non-navigable waters, or to traverse land that was otherwise impassable.

Camp Wallace (now Busch Gardens) near Williamsburg, VA tramway

At Camp Wallace (today’s Busch Gardens), the tramway carries cargo from shore to open water.

 

   The tramway consisted of two tracks and four cargo cars and normally serviced two vessels at the same time.  It had a tonnage capability of 1,440 short tons per a 24-hour day, and it could transfer cargo from ship to shore at a rate of 120-160 tons an hour for one mile using a shuttle method.

   It was used where wave and tidal action did not exceed 11 feet above low tide and where 25 feet of penetration into the bottom was available for support.  The sea terminal was composed of two 300 ft spud barges with 100 ft caissons erected end to end.

aerial tramway training at Ft Eustis

 

   In 1961, Fort Eustis developed the 577th Transportation Company (Aerial Tramway) to operate and maintain the system.  Two reserve units - the 458th and 407th Transportation Companies (Aerial Tramway) were trained also.

training the 458th Aerial Tramway Company, Ft Eustis

Training the 458th Aerial Tramway Company, Fort Eustis, 1963.

 

 

 

 

 

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