Photo of the Week: Cologne Cable Car (Kölner Seilbahn)

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#seilbahnköln #köln #seilbahn#cologne

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Doppelmayr Connect

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Doppelmayr and its team of designers have pooled together their collective experience to create a new and innovative ropeway control system — Doppelmayr Connect.

This state-of-the-art product was crafted around the needs and tasks of the user, culminating in a control system that is intuitive, ergonomic, informative, and reliable. To create a superior control system, Doppelmayr’s team of experts placed themselves in the shoes of ropeway staff involved in day-to-day operations of a cable car.

Doppelmayr Connect’s control units are designed with a consistent operating logic helping streamline and simplify operator and lift attendant duties. The control interface is structured in a user-friendly tile format, thereby enabling straightforward system navigation and reducing training time.

Innovative control systems. Image by Doppelmayr.

Features of Doppelmayr Connect. Image by Doppelmayr.

The main screen is designed so that important information related to rope speed, wind values and errors always remains in view, even if the operator navigates to other menus. The 21.5 inch touchscreen tablet displays data in a logical manner which allows for optimal functionality. To enhance safety and troubleshooting, electronic manuals and circuit diagrams are all incorporated into the system design.

“What sets this control system apart is the entirely straightforward and user-friendly touchscreen operation – next to the control panel on the station operator’s desk. The touchscreen gives you a very good overview of the key ropeway data and display values you need for operation purposes. The visualization with texts and images is also helpful as it really simplifies troubleshooting. Another great advantage is that alternative measures are suggested immediately with the deactivation concept.”

Georg Zeller, Operations Manager, Skiliftgesellschaft Hochfügen GmbH

Controls are constructed with high quality and sturdy materials which has been tried and tested to perform in any weather condition. Doppelmayr Connect is an integral part in helping ropeway systems enhance their operations.

To learn more about the latest innovations found in Doppelmayr Connect, please click here.

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System Dossier: Nizhny Novgorod Cableway (Нижегородская канатная дорога)

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View of the Cableway approaching Bor, Russia. Image by Wiki user Алексей Белобородов.

Nizhny Novgorod is a Russian city that is situated at the confluence of the Oka and Volga rivers and is the administrative center of Nizhny Novgorod Oblast and Volga Federal District. Since its founding in 1221, the city has been known as a vital economic and trading center within the Volga region, which led to the saying of ‘St. Petersburg is Russia’s head; Moscow its heart; and, Nizhny Novgorod its wallet’.

Today, Nizhny is the fifth largest city in Russia and is frequently referred to as the country’s third capital. However, the city is characterized as a very calm and laid-back city — one where the citizens like to wake up late and go to bed early.

Nizhny Novgorod Cableway crossing the Volga river. Image by Flickr user Evgeny Gorodetsky.

Getting around Nizhny is fairly easy thanks to the city’s network of buses, trams, 2-line metro system, and of course, the cable car. The Nizhny Novgorod Cableway (NNC), which is integrated into the public transportation network, is a 3.6-kilometer MDG system built by POMA that transports passengers from the downtown center of Nizhny to the outlying municipality of Bor.

The cable car has reduced a circuitous 27km journey over highways and roads down to a direct and comfortable 3.6km ride across the Volga River. Thanks to the gondola, travel times have been cut from 90 minutes to just 13 minutes.

One of the two 82m tall towers. Image by Flickr user Vladislav Maslenov.

The system was initially designed to transport commuters but quickly turned into a popular ride for visitors, boosting local tourism. At only 80 rubles ($1.50 USD), the cable car is a very cost-effective transport solution for all travellers, offering a unique bird’s eye view of the surrounding landscape.

The NNC system carries about 2 million passengers per year and is notable for its 861m long span between two 82m tall towers and the 3.6km long span between the two stations. Both are very impressive accomplishments and show the impressive technological growth and innovation within the ropeway industry.

Year opened 2012
Length (km) 3.6
Stations 2
Capacity (pphpd) 1000
Speed (m/s) 5.0
Trip time (minutes) 13
Fare (rubles) 80 ($1.50 USD)




Georgian Ropeway: Tsnori – Sighnaghi Cableway

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Tsnori Sighnaghi Cableway. Image by Malkhaz Datikashvili.

For urban gondola enthusiasts, Georgia seems to be one of those gifts that keep on giving. It appears that another fascinating ropeway system has been (re)discovered in the mountainous and picturesque regions of Georgia.

At a length of 4,500m, the Tsnori-Sighnaghi Cableway was the longest passenger ropeway ever built in the country. The aerial tram, designed in the late 60s, crosses the Alazani Valley to connect the two towns of Tsnori (population: 5,000) and Sighnaghi (population: 3,000).

Not much information is available about Tsnori, except that its residents are mostly engaged in the viticulture and agricultural industries. On the other hand, Sighnaghi is considered a burgeoning visitor destination known for its wine production, local cuisine, and stunning 18th/19th century Italianate architecture.

Sighnaghi is located 790m above sea level, overlooking the Alazani Valley and Caucasus Mountains. Image from Georgian Tour.

Unfortunately, the cableway became defunct in 1991 and according to online commentators, it was entirely deconstructed between 2003-2008. After some painstakingly long research, a handful of photos of this system was uncovered in the National Archives of Georgia (see photo gallery below). Not shown in the photos is the system’s mid-station — an unique and rare feature that’s not often built for aerial trams since it needs to be designed exactly at the midpoint between the two end terminals.

While the ropeway no longer exists, it appears the Tsnori-Sighnaghi Cableway is still very much on the radar of the government. News reports a few years back suggest that the system may one day be reconstructed! In case there is anything we missed, or if you have anymore information on this aerial tram, please let us know in the comments below. A big thank you (again) to Irakli Z. for sharing his knowledge on Georgian ropeways with us.

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Photo of the Week: Brest Cable Car (Téléphérique de Brest)

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Prendre de la hauteur … le temps d'une traversée en téléphérique à Brest #brest #telepheriquebrest #cielbleu

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System Dossier: Bursa Teleferik (Bursa Gondola)

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The Bursa Teleferik. Image by Flickr user Kaan Süleymanoglu.

Uludağ is a highly regarded mountain and recreational resort situated at the highest peak of the western Anatolia region in Turkey. The resort is a year-round attraction that offers skiing in the winter and hiking in the summer.

Access to the popular vacation destination has been served by an aerial tram that has connected the ski resort to the nearby Turkish city of Bursa since 1963. However, by 2012, the cable car was considered outdated and the city decided to install a new ropeway system. As such, Bursa commissioned LEITNER Ropeways to build a record setting gondola.

The Bursa Teleferik. Image by Flickr user ustegen.

The new 8.8km cable car, completed in 2014, officially became the world’s longest monocable detachable gondola (MDG). The system begins its journey at Teferrüç station located at the southern end of Bursa. From there, the cable car travels through two more stations (Kadıyayla, and Saralan) before it reaches the summit of the Uludağ at Kurbağa Kaya station.

Each station, designed by Turkish architect Yamaç Korfali, offers their own various services from shopping centers to restaurants to hotels. To reach the top of the Uludağ, the cable car climbs a vertical distance of 1,400 meters.

The Bursa Teleferik. Image by Flickr user sinan özcan.

One of the many advantages of the upgraded ropeway is that it significantly increases accessibility to the resort. Previously, the only way to access the resort was through 35 kilometres of winding road.

Another advantage of the cable car is that this transportation option has become its own popular attraction. Many visitors ride the cable car to simply view the region’s lush vegetation and wildlife during the 25-minute trip to Uludağ. The Bursa Teleferik demonstrates that cable technology can be a reliable transport option for hard-to-reach locations while also giving its passengers an unforgettable ride experience.

Year opened (reopened) 1963 (2014)
Length (km) 8.8
Stations 4
Capacity (pphpd) 1,500
Trip time (minutes) 25
Speed (m/s) 6.0
Fare 20 Turkish Liras (10 USD)




La Paz Celebrates Three Years of Cable Car Operations

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Red Line. Image by Flickr user Jamil Soria.

It might be a little hard to believe, but it has been three years since La Paz-El Alto’s first urban cable car system was built. On May 29, 2014, the Red Line (Spanish: Línea Roja) started providing passenger service between the plateaus of El Alto and the highlands of La Paz.

Since then, three more Cable Propelled Transit (CPT) lines have opened — the Yellow Line, Green Line and Blue Line — resulting in 15km of urban gondolas. Averaged out over the years, this means that about 7.9m of ropeways have been built each day.

Incredibly the work is not even half complete. Seven more cable lines are scheduled to open between now and 2019, with plans to inaugurate the White Line and Orange Line by late 2017. Once the entire urban gondola network is complete, 39 stations and nearly 34km of CPT will be operational.

Metropolitan Integration Network map showing all eleven CPT lines. Image from Mi Teleferico.

Leading the charge to transform urban mobility in the city is the young public company, Mi Teleférico and Austrian ropeway manufacturer, Doppelmayr. Mi Teleférico’s mandate is not only to modernize La Paz-El Alto’s chaotic transport network but to address socio-economic issues related to a rapidly growing city. For instance, cable car stations have become the focal point for community fairs and health care centres.

Before the gondola lines were built, travel was often stressful, unpredictable and time-consuming as existing roadways were congested with minibuses and cars. Today, high stress levels from travelling on roadways has been reduced as the CPT lines provide commuters with a reliable, efficient and comfortable transport alternative.

#vivaelarte #chorizocaliente #acustico #sonrisarepulsiva #miteleferico

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With each passing day, the cable car has seemingly become more and more integral to the daily lives of its citizens. Recently on May 17, 2017, the urban gondola network set another daily ridership record with 190,971 passengers. This is 11,095 more passengers or a 6.1% increase than the previous record set in June 13, 2016.

From nearly any perspective, whether one is examining the cable car network from an economic, social, and/or environmental lens, the system has been an incredible success. Some of the most remarkable highlights include:

  • Avoided consumption of ten million litres of gasoline (2014-2016)
  • Transported more than 70 million passengers since inception without any serious accidents/injuries
  • Network availability rate of 99.7%
  • Saved 816,000,000 minutes in travel time (2016)

Perhaps the most incredible result stemming from Mi Teleférico is related to its financial viability. Unlike most public transit systems, the urban cable car network in La Paz requires zero subsidies. In fact, a surplus of US$2.5 million (Bs 17.5 million) was actually generated in 2016.

This effectively places Mi Teleférico amongst an incredibly rare and elite class of transit systems with a farebox recovery ratio of more than 100%. Based on online data, La Paz would be 1 out of 8 transit agencies that meets this threshold and would be the only mass transit system in South America in this exclusive class.

As the only major city in the world to build its entire rapid transit backbone on CPT technology, La Paz’s cable cars continues to be trailblazers in the urban transport industry. Given its successes so far, the future looks bright for the world’s highest city.

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