One of Torreón's new cable cars. One of Torreón's new cable cars.

New cable car system operating in Torreón

It was blessed by the new bishop, who offered some commentary on local politics

After countless delays, the new cable car system in Torreón, Coahuila, began operating yesterday.


Under overcast skies and a light rain that was to turn into snow overnight, Mayor Jorge Luis Morán Delgado was joined by Governor Miguel Ángel Riquelme Solís and Bishop of Torreón Luis Martín Barraza Beltrán in a dedication ceremony that even included a baptism.

The governor remarked that the cable car was the result of the collaboration of the local diocese of the Catholic Church and private landowners that donated the property needed for the construction of the tourist attraction.

Riquelme then made a special request to the bishop, asking that it be blessed before its maiden run.

“A child is born, we’ve got to baptize it,” agreed the prelate before unleashing a thinly veiled criticism of the local political class and the recent electoral process that culminated with Riquelme assuming office on December 1.

The Institutional Revolutionary Party governor’s election was a controversial one, triggering a vigorous challenge by opposition parties who claimed the election was fraudulent.

The bishop suggested it would not be a bad thing should some other projects dedicated, such as services oriented toward the community, education, health or infrastructure.


“I’ve heard that the elections were not so exemplary, that people from all political stripes behaved badly,” said Barraza, who took office November 29. “Public service should be dignified. We’re hearing that people around the world say money went missing. We should not abuse the good faith of the people.”

Riquelme laughingly thanked Barraza for attending the event.

The 160-million-peso (almost US $9 million) cable car system runs from its main station in downtown Torreón for 1.4 kilometers to the top of the hill called Cerro de las Noas, a five-minute ride.

At the top, tourists will find the Cristo de las Noas, the largest statue of Jesus Christ in North America. An esplanade offers a unique view of the industrial city to the south.



The cable car started operations with nine 11-passenger gondolas, but will later become fully operational with double that number and a maximum carrying capacity of 750 passengers at a time each way.

Slated to start operations last March, the project suffered a series of technical setbacks that delayed its delivery date six times. Just last week eager visitors arrived at the Paseo Morelos station only to find the cars were not ready to run yet.

Mayor Morán reported that the contractor in charge of installing and operating the cable car system, the Italian firm Leitner Ropeways, had to run safety tests before opening the service to the public.

Source: Milenio (sp)

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  • WestCoastHwy

    Would you trust it?

    • Frank Karau

      Of course!! There are now two Leitner Cable transportation systems in Mexico. The other is in Orizaba, Veracruz. I was privileged enough to be part of that project.

      • WestCoastHwy

        Not to be a Killjoy but erecting is only a small part when it come to operation; maintenance is the primary aspect to any project of which Mexicans through lack of fund, parts, and experience, always fall short. I have worked in all areas of projects and maintenance for over 38 years and I get overwhelmed looking at all the neglect at most, if not all things, Mexican.

        • Steve Galat

          Thirty-five years later, last week I re-rode the Teleférico from the MonteTaxco — perfectly maintained for so many years by Mexican, Swiss and Canadian engineers….Bravi todos!

          • WestCoastHwy

            Keeping the Mexicans inline, they need a lot of guidance. This project sound like it has foreign owners using a Mexican corporation as a proxy, or controlled by a Cartel, or Carlos Slims.

          • Steve Galat

            If I didn’t know you better, I’d bristle in the patronizing condescension in your otherwise provocative analysis. Do you live in México? Greetings from Puerto Aventuras, Quintana Roo!

          • WestCoastHwy

            Don’t live in Mexico but have non-earned interests there but I hear Quintana Roo is inundated with Narco wanna be’s so what your back.

          • Steve Galat

            There is a little truth to your observation and, yes, Drugs are available in Cancún, Playa del Carmen (where I have a mall) and even in my own sleepy hometown village of Puerto Aventuras. The drugs address the demand of tourists here, mainly Americans since, thanks to your fraudulent “War Against Drugs” the price of cocaine, for example, is ten times its actual agro-economic price, more than enough to interest gangs, mafias and cartels from New Hampshire and Kansas to Colombia and Argentina – Mexican partyers can’t afford to consume expensive drugs! (Don’t forget, too, that your DEA, CIA, Coast Guards are all complicitous in ‘whacking up’ their drug profit shares in the hard-count rooms, precinct houses, even in the vestibules of Beltway power.) But “inundated”? No, not at all; in fact, where I WAS “inundated with drugs” was when I lived in Miami, Manhattan, even Yonkers, N.Y. That said, and to your credit, you calmly enjoy massacres of your school children and revelers in Vegas, opium epidemics and, generally, all the symptoms of a once great empire imploding in an orgy of misrule and self-destruction: What you need, in my opinion, is an Élite Advisory Council of MEXICAN Advisors & Monitors to help rescue the USA out of its undrained toxic swamp! Be well, my friend! STEPHEN

          • WestCoastHwy

            Very informative, you’re truly invested in Mexico. I don’t spent much time in anyone country to become accustomed to such details but the blatancy of Mexicans is always entertaining. I have never been in the East USA nor South USA but been all over Asia, Europe, and Mexico. I do believe the USA is a transit Country; people don’t stay, study, live, work, nor form cultural practices in any given place; the salad bowl of the World so if making reference about the USA you can’t stereo type as in Asia, Europe, and Mexico. I consider myself Global John Savage! (I’m a big Aldous Huxley fan)