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Leitner Poma Identification sheet


This page displays former Poma and Leitner designs as well as current Leitner-Poma designs.

Poma : Leitner


TB-41 Grip (1983-1998)
This was Poma's first detachable grip. It was replaced in 1998 by the Omega T grip and was most commonly used on Poma's high-speed quads prior to 1998.

Double TB-41 Grip (1983-1998)
This is just two TB grips married together as one grip. it is used for the weight and increased wind resistance of gondola cabins.

Omega T Grip (1998-2006)
This grip was first introduced in 1998 and has been Leitner-Poma main detachable grip since the retirement of the TB-41 detachable grip. However, this grip was retired in 2006 and will be replaced by the new Leitner grip in North America in 2007.

Competition Carrier (1989-1991)
This carrier was an alternative to the Falcon carrier, but had a short life span of only a few years.

Falcon Carrier (1983-1997)
This is the primary carrier style from the 80s and mid 90s. It was used, along with the competition, as the carrier for both fixed and detachable lifts and retired in 1997 and replaced by the Omega carrier.

This is one of Poma's cabin designs. Most of Poma's gondolas use CWA but this one does not. It is unique because it opens up like a clam shell and the passengers sit facing out instead of in.

This is the 60's style of bail chair. The chairs on this specific lift have been retrofitted by Riblet but it still shows the basic design. There are few different versions of these. Take note that similar designs have been made by other companies such as Yan, Stadeli, Miner-Denver, and Samson.

This chair was used for a short time after the 70s. It was used until the Falcon and Competition carriers were introduced.

This one is the original Poma tension terminal. It does not have a frame, but rather the carriage floats. It is supported between the haulrope and the counterweight supports.

Z Type Return (1997-Present)
This is the return terminal used for lower stations. There is a similar version that is used for top stations.

Delta Terminal
This terminal was used before the Alpha drive was invented. It can be tensioned or it can be fixed.

This terminal was produced before the delta terminal was used on fixed grips. It is probably the most recent drive with the motor exposed to the elements.

This is a return that was used before the monopod and bipod return terminals were invented. this particular one may also have tensioning.

Alpha Terminal
This is the current style of terminal used on Leitner-Poma fixed grip lifts. It is a drive/tension combo and can be seen at the bottom or top of lift.

While the name of this one is not known, it should be called the Alpha fixed return because it is basically a return version of the Alpha.

Alpha Falcon (1983-1988)
This is one of the early version of detachable terminals. It uses an Alpha drive fixed grip terminal with a Falcon detachable terminal in front of it. There is also a version of this terminal where a vault drive is used instead of the alpha terminal. On the vault drive version, the drive is located under the Falcon terminal.

Falcon Terminal (1983-1988)
Seen here is the same thing as above but it is a return terminal and the bullwheel is located on the inside of the terminal. The chair parking rail is located where the Alpha drive would be.

Falcon Gondola Terminal (1983-N/A)
The Falcon terminal was also used for many of POMA's gondolas.

N/A (1988)
This was Poma of America's first attempt in designing its own detachable chairlift for the North American market. It was used after the Falcon terminal for only one year before the Competition terminal was introduced the fallowing year.

Competition Terminal (1989)
This is the Competition terminal which was introduced in 1989 and was only manufactured for one year before being replaced by the Challenger terminal the fallowing year.

Challenger Terminal (1990-1998)
The Challenger terminal was the second detachable chairlift design by POMA of America and was used by POMA of America for eight years before being retired in 1998. POMA did make some aesthetic changes to the terminal design in 1994 but the design was still the same. While this lift was designed for the North American market, a few of these terminals were shipped over to France.

Challenger Terminal (1990-1998)
In 1994, POMA of America made some minor aesthetic changes to its Challenger terminal design.

Competition Gondola Terminal (1996-1998)
Even though this terminal looks just like the Challenger terminal, except on a larger scale, this terminal was known as the Competition terminal and was the main terminal used on POMA's gondolas during the period.

Satellit Terminal (N/A-Present)
The Satellit is a design that is not made by -Poma of America, but rather Poma of Europe. It's the prevelent terminal in every other country except the U.S. and Canada.

Phatboy Terminal (1998-Present)
This terminal is often called "the stack" because it is an Omega terminal with an extra section added to it. The return terminals do not have the extra rise and look like the regular Omega terminals. The term "Phatboy" was first introduced in 2000 when the Quicksilver Express at Breckenridge was built.

Omega Terminal (1998-Present)
This is a next version of the current Leitner-Poma Omega detachable terminal which came out in 2003. This model is the most current one and does not have as many windows on the front of it because of a small design error with the previous model. The windows were removed because when chairs were on the emergency rail, the two windows right above the rail were unable to be closed due to strain. This allowed for snow to easily enter the terminal anytime a chair was parked on the rail.

These are the Poma 5-spoke sheaves. They were used on lifts during the 60s, and were used on depression applications during the 80s. They are used on the 80's fixed grips along with a slightly larger 6-spoke version.

This computer model illustrates Leitner-Poma's current sheave design. There claim to fame is that the berings are grease less and do not have to be lubricated each year. This is true but there is actually grease sealed inside the bearing. In the original version of these sheave trains, the bushings on the on the trains had to be greased but the sheaves themselves did not. In the mid 90s they changed to all grease less. Picture thanks to pomagroup.com

Surface Lift Terminals
A shot of a platter pull terminal. There are sevral versions of this particular one and they are also used for T-Bars.

POMA Lift Terminal
No Poma ID guige should be complete without a picture of a poma lift. This is a detachable platter pull and was the first type of detachable lift invented. It was originally built to replace the T-Bar and it's safe to say that it made Poma the succesful company that it is today because of its popularity before chair lifts were invented. They continued to be popular after chairlifts were invented and are sometimes still being installed to this day. If you see one of these in the U.S. then it was made by Poma. In Europe however, other companies have been able to make similar lifts. Poma has counteracted this by making a Poma lift that can detach at the top for ease of unload.


While the merger with Leitner has not affected Poma's designs, Leitner did install some lifts in the U.S. before the merger. This subsection is dedicated to those lifts.

LA48-95 Grip
Seen here is Leitner's LA48-95 detachable grip.

LA48-95 Grip
A look at the top of a Leitner LA48-95 grip as it enters the terminal.

Picture credit to Helper.

A look at the chairs and towers that are of the Leitner design.

Picture credit to WBSKI.

Automatic Terminal - SA4C (1999-2001)
The 1998 Leitner deatchable lifts were called the "Automatic" series and used the Leitner LA48-95 detachable grip. They were available in SA4S (Standard Length - 35 tires in the straight sections) and SA4C (Compact length - 25 tires in the straight sections).

Picture credit to Helper

Automatic Terminal - SA4S (1998-2001)
This is the Leitner Standard Length SA4S Automatic series drive terminal which has 35 tires in its straight sections.

Picture credit to Helper

Terminals and Chairs
Seen here is a Quintessential Leitner terminal with the carriers on the parking rail.

Picture credit to WBSKI.

Plan de Gralba Terminal (low structure) - SA4C Terminal (1999-2001)
This flat line style return terminal is known as Plan De Gralba, named after the ski area in Italy where this design was first tested. This terminal model also uses the LA48-95 detachable grip. These terminals are distinguished by having the walkways and tires to the inside.

Plan de Gralba Terminal (low structure) - SA4C Terminal (1999-2001)
A top view of the flat line style terminal is seen here. You can see that there is no room to work on the contours compared to the Omega terminals.

Picture credit to WBSKI.

Plan de Gralba Terminal (high structure) - SA4C Terminal (1999-2001)
The drive terminal for the low structure Plan de Gralba terminal is in this picture. The terminals were available in SA4S (30 tire) and SA4C (25 tire) length.

Picture Credit to WBSKI.

Plan de Gralba Terminal (high structure) - SA6C Terminal (1999-2001)
This Plan de Gralba SA6C terminal design which was designed for six person chairlifts has been converted into a gondola terminal and uses the Leitner LA612-97 detachable grip and has the Leitner "LaPerla Alta" cabins.

This gondola is actually a Poma which was purchased by Lake Louise and had a custom made terminal skin made for it to look like the other Leitner lifts at Lake Louise. It is one of the only times when when a Leitner design was used on a lift since the merger.

Picture credit to poloxskier.

Terminals (N/A-2001)
This is a picture of a drive/tension combo fixed grip terminal. Notice that the lift uses Poma Omega carriers. This is because this lift was built during the time when Poma and Leitner were in the process of consolidating.

Terminals (N/A-2001)
A Leitner fixed grip return terminal.

The style of sheaves used on Leitner detachables.

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