28
Sep

2016

Photo of the Week: Fansipan Legend

Post by Gondola Project

Chuẩn bị lên đỉnh 😀 #Fansipan #Vietnam #travel

A photo posted by Nguyễn Phước Hiền (@hien.nguyen1712) on

26
Sep

2016

System Dossier: Telefèric de Montjuïc (Montjuïc Cable Car)

Post by Gondola Project

Telefèric de Montjuïc cars in Barcelona, Spain

The Catalonian capital of Barcelona, Spain is one of the major cultural and economic hubs in Europe. The bustling metropolis is replete with historical sights and landmarks keeping tourists busy for days.

One of the most famous locations belongs to the Montjuïc – a wide, shallow hill providing a panoramic vista of the city and the sea.

The top of the hill is the home to Castle Montjuïc – a fortress that dates back the 17th century. Montjuïc is also the site to the Palau Nationale, built for the 1929 Expo as well as the host of several venues for 1992 Olympic Games.


P1110098 Barcelone et le Telefèric de Montjuïc

The Telefèric de Montjuïc is a publically funded, cable propelled transit system that links the city to the top of the Montjuïc by climbing 84.5 meters on a 750-meter run lasting for approximately 8 minutes. The system is operated by Transport Metropolitans de Barcelona (TMB), however, a separate fare must be purchased as the system is not integrated within the Autoritat del Transport Metropolia (ATM).

The cable car was built in 1970 but was upgraded in 2007 to increase capacity. The Leitner built MDG (monocable detachable gondola) system has three stations. Starting at the Parc de Montjuïc, the gondola glides over the Jardins de Mossen Cinto Veraguer up to the Mirador.

At Mirador station – which interestingly means sea-view – the gondola makes a 90-degree turn. The gondola then further ascends another several hundred meters until it reaches Montjuïc Castle at the top of the hill.

 

Length (km) 0.752
Stations 3
Year Opened 2007 (refurbished)
Line Capacity 1,495
Fare €8
Ridership (annual) 1.3 million
Maximum speed (m/s) 5









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22
Sep

2016

FATZER Opens State-of-the-Art Rope Production Facility

Post by Advertorial Team

Production plant. Image by FATZER.

Production plant in Romanshorn, Switzerland. Image by FATZER.

FATZER, the world leader in steel wire rope manufacturing, has just completed its brand new 16,000m2/172,000ft2 production site.

While the site took a total of 6 years to complete, it was well worth the wait. The state-of-the-art facility now has the capacity to produce 15,000 tonnes of steel cables every year and is equipped with the canton of Thurgau’s largest photovoltaic plant!

Production Site. Image by FATZER.

Facility built using 4000 cubic meters of cast concrete, 2,394 tonnes of precast concrete and 670 tonnes of steel. Image by FATZER.

The new site will build on the legacy of the former production plant which was in operations for an incredible 180 years. This purpose built facility not only marks a new era for FATZER, but it has also enhanced its ability to produce larger and more advanced ropes.

The plant is now able to handle 100mm stranded wire ropes, 135mm full locked coil ropes and single cables weighing up to 200 tonnes. The new production site also offers great news for the urban cable transit market as it is equipped with the world’s fastest rope test system.

Ropes can be tested at speeds of up to 18 m/s (64 kph/40 mph), which is more than double the speed of the world’s fastest 3S gondola (8.5 m/s or 30kph/19mph). Alongside its impressive suite of specially designed cables for urban applications — PERFORMA DT and OCTURA — this testing device and new facility undoubtedly demonstrates FATZER’s dedication to innovation and cements its position as the world’s preeminent rope manufacturer.



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21
Sep

2016

Photo of the Week: Polinka

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#vscocam #polinka #vzcowroclaw

A photo posted by Beata Ratuszniak (@fotoaktywna) on

16
Sep

2016

LEITNER Ropeways: Sky High Views of Wildlife and Nature at Cabárceno Natural Park

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Image by LEITNER Ropeways.

Cabárceno cable car. Image by LEITNER Ropeways.

Cabárceno Natural Park is not your typical zoo or greenspace. Except for the provision of food, over 120 unique species of wildlife can be found living in a near natural/unaltered state over a 750ha expanse of reclaimed mining lands.

In the past, visitors to this massive parkland only had the option to drive, walk or bike through 20 km (12.4 mi) of roads. As of September 2016, visitors can glide through Northern Spain’s most popular destination onboard two environmentally friendly cable cars built by LEITNER Ropeways.

Sitting in the cable cars, guests can now view the park, its animals and the nearby city of Santander at vantage points never experienced before.

Image by LEITNER Ropeways.

Passengers get unique views of wildlife. Image by LEITNER Ropeways.

System map. Image LEITNER Ropeways.

System map. Image by LEITNER Ropeways.

Unparalleled Comfort, Reliability, and Experience

The two cable lifts combined provide visitors nearly 5 km of aerial fun over 4 stations, with a ride time of more than 20 minutes.

While both systems operate independently from each other, passengers can conveniently transfer between lines at the central interchange station.

Cabárceno Line 1 operates in a unique, unidirectional configuration that is shaped in form of a triangle. A total of 38 cabins provide a line capacity of 1,000 persons per hour. Visitors also have the choice to board two glass bottom cabins for a more exhilarating experience.

Image by LEITNER Ropeways.

Passenger boarding station. Image by LEITNER Ropeways.

Interchange Station. Image by LEITNER Ropeways.

Convenient transfers between lines 1 and 2. Image by LEITNER Ropeways.

Reducing Disruption and Noise, and Enhancing Sustainability 

To minimize disruption to wildlife, special drones were used to lay and install the ropes at sensitive locales. This meant that animals could remain in their habitats undisturbed.

In addition, the two cable lifts were designed with LEITNER Ropeways’ DirectDrive and LeitDrive systems. These unique drive solutions, offered only by LEITNER Ropeways, provides the benefits of lowered emissions, reduced noise and lowered maintenance requirements.

Overall the new ropeways provide users with a superior travel experience, and help the park minimize its impact to the natural environment.

 

Cabárceno Line 1:

Length 3,795 m
Vertical Distance 158.5 m
Speed 4 m/s
Capacity 1,000 p/h
Trip Time 15 min 57 sec
Number of Cabins 38
Number of Towers 22

 

Cabárceno Line 2:

Length 1,061 m
Vertical Distance 101.25 m
Speed 4 m/s
Capacity 1,000 p/h
Trip Time 4 min 27 sec
Number of Cabins 22
Number of Towers 6



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14
Sep

2016

Photo of the Week: Caracas Metrocable

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Parque Central desde San Agustín. Caracas.

A photo posted by Giovanna Lo Voi (@giovalovoi) on

San Agustín del Sur. Caracas.

A photo posted by Giovanna Lo Voi (@giovalovoi) on

Parque Central y MetroCable #Caracas #ParqueCentral #Venezuela #Building #Urban #City #Sky

A photo posted by Samantha Veronica (@samanthasanchezc) on

08
Sep

2016

Video: Brest Cable Car Showcases World’s First Cable “Overpass” Design

Post by Gondola Project

After 2 months of testing, new footage of the Brest Cable Car (French: Téléphérique de Brest) has surfaced online.

The cable lift operates in an aerial tram configuration — however, unlike your typical aerial tram, the manufacturers (Bartholet) have built an incredibly unique system known as the “saut de mouton à câble” or SDMC Concept.

With this design, the two cabins operate on different track alignments, which enables the cabins to travel above and below each other as they move through the central 80m tower. This concept results in considerable space savings (i.e. smaller station footprint) as both cabins utilize the same platform.

SDMC Concept. Image from Bartholet.

SDMC Concept. Image from Bartholet.

SDMC concept in action. Image from Ouest France.

SDMC concept in action. Image from Ouest France.

In a city setting, this reduction in station widths will be particularly advantageous since urban real estate is often priced at a premium.

The cable car is scheduled to open in October 2016.

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