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A boy stands at the door of a 60-year-old cable car in the town of Chiatura

A boy stands at the door of a 60-year-old cable car in the town of Chiatura, some 220 km (136 miles) northwest of Tbilisi, September 12, 2013. Dating to the Soviet era, Chiatura's public cable cars were built to facilitate the manganese mining industry, which formed the bedrock of the town's economy. Sixty years later, 15 of Chiatura's 21 cable car routes are still running, covering a total length of over 6000 meters, and they are still the quickest and most convenient way of getting around, despite their advanced years. Picture taken September 12, 2013. REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili (GEORGIA - Tags: SOCIETY TRANSPORT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) ATTENTION EDITORS: PICTURE 7 OF 31 FOR PACKAGE 'CHIATURA'S CRUMBLING CABLE CARS'. SEARCH 'CHIATURA DAVID' FOR ALL IMAGES

Chiatura's crumbling cable cars

Dating to the Soviet era, Chiatura's public cable cars were built to facilitate the manganese mining industry, which formed the bedrock of the town's economy in Georgia.

Sixty years later, 15 of Chiatura's 21 cable car routes are still running, covering a total length of over 6000 meters, and they are still the quickest and most convenient way of getting around, despite their advanced years. (Reuters)