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16
May

2017

Doppelmayr Annual Brochure 2017

Doppelmayr/Garaventa Group Worldwide 2017 Annual Brochure.

Doppelmayr/Garaventa Group, the world’s largest manufacturer of passenger ropeways, has published their highly anticipated 2017 Annual Brochure. For this year’s report, over 100 installations have been documented alongside spectacular visuals.

A total of 84 customers around the world chose the world-renowned technical experts at Doppelmayr to construct 3 Funicular Railways; 6 Reversible Aerial Tramways; 29 Detachable Gondola Lifts; 28 Detachable Chairlifts; 17 Fixed-Grip Chairlifts; 19 Surface Lifts; 2 RopeCons; and 1 Monorack.

Doppelmayr/Garaventa ropeways are found in 91 countries.

While each ropeway is a unique system in and of itself, we’ve hand picked a few honourable mentions with relevancy to city-building and design excellence.

100-FUL Lugano Citta-Stazione FFS

100-FUL Lugano-Citta Stazione FFS

Since the Lugano Citta-Statzione Funicular was originally built in 1886 to provide service between the historic downtown to the city’s main railway station, the funicular remains one of Switzerland’s busiest bottom-supported cable systems.

To increase capacity and improve passenger service, the funicular was overhauled in 2016 by Doppelmayr/Garaventa. The company was responsible for project planning, engineering, and, delivery and installation of all the electromechanical equipment (including cabins).

Thanks to the modernization program, the 206m funicular can now transport 2,240 passengers per hour.

10-MGD Linea Azul I and 10-MDG Linea Azul II

10-MGD Linea Azul 1 and 10-MDG Linea Azul II

Linea Azul (English: Blue Line) is the fourth urban transit cable car in La Paz-El Alto’s Mi Teleférico network and the first ropeway for Phase 2. While technically it is built as two independent rope lines, the cable car has been designed so that passengers can seamlessly travel from terminal to terminal without having to change systems.

The cable car’s rope was installed using a drone technique specifically designed for Doppelmayr. The drone, known as an Octocopter, carried and strung an auxiliary cable, which in turn was used to install the final rope. The flexibility and compact size of the drone is an ideal solution for complex urban environments.

At a capacity of 3,000 passengers per hour per direction, the 5km system greatly enhances transport for those living in El Alto. It flies above Latin America’s biggest street market and connects students to University UPEA. For even greater convenience and connectivity, the system has been integrated with Linea Roja (English: Red Line).

6-MGD Wynn Palace Skycab

6-MGD Wynn Palace Skycab

The opulent Wynn Palace casino and resort in Cotai, Macau features a luxurious 6-person gondola that transports guests around the venue’s 3.25ha Performance Lake.

Climbing to heights of 30m, guests are afforded aerial views of a dazzling light and water shows at the lake. The gondola travels in an unidirectional, circular route with two customized golden dragon towers. To maximize comfort, ride experience and safety, the gondola is equipped with air-conditioning, LED night illumination, a communication system and CCTV.

Doppelmayr was able to meet the client’s stringent technical requirements with the implementation of a newly designed mounting system. Simply put, this mounting system ensures that adjacent rooms connected to the gondola experience zero noise and vibrations. Reduced sound and vibration emissions ensures a more pleasant and undisturbed visit for guests.

10-MGD Giggojochbahn

10-MGD Giggojochbahn

The new 2,648m Giggojoch cable car is built with Doppelmayr’s next generation of ropeway solutions, the D-Line. At a line capacity of 4,500 passengers per hour per direction, it is the world’s highest capacity monocable detachable gondola.

A total of 134 cabins transport skiers at speeds of 6.5m/s (23.4km/h) from Sölden to Giggojoch. Thanks to Doppelmayr’s innovative D-Line solutions, passengers experience top ride comfort onboard a ultramodern cable car.

230-ATW Ha Long Queen Cable Car

230-ATW Ha Long Queen Cable Car

The 2,165m Ha Long Queen Cable Car in northern Vietnam crosses the world famous Ha Long Bay en route to an observation wheel. Passengers board the ropeway in Bai Chay district in Ha Long City before taking flight to the top of Ba Deo Hill.

The aerial tram simultaneously set two new ropeway records for tallest tower and largest cabin. Its double decker carriers were designed by CWA and can accommodate up to 230 passengers. Furthermore, as the number 8 is considered lucky in Vietnam, Doppelmayr/Garaventa was able to precisely design a record setting tower at 188.8m.

This demonstrates how Doppelmayr/Garaventa is up to task to satisfy any technical and cultural requirements of a ropeway project. The aerial tram was built in just 19 months, and adheres to all the applicable European standards/codes (CEN standards) for ropeway construction.

To read and learn more about Doppelmayr’s cable installations from 2016, please click here.


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21
Mar

2017

Doppelmayr Builds La Paz-El Alto’s Fourth Urban Cable Car: Blue Line (Línea Azul)

The Blue Line inaugurated in El Alto with much anticipation and excitement. Image by Doppelmayr.

The Blue Line (Línea Azul) opened for passenger service with large celebrations around the city. Image by Doppelmayr.

Thanks to Doppelmayr Group, the world’s biggest urban cable car network (Mi Teleférico) in La Paz-El Alto is continuing to expand at record pace. On March 3, 2017, the 5-station Blue Line (Spanish: Línea Azul) opened for passenger service and extended rapid transit service into the highland communities of El Alto.

Built as the City’s fourth urban gondola, the 4.9km system is Mi Teleférico’s longest cable car system. The new gondola is directly connected with the existing Red Line (Spanish: Línea Roja) and provides a speedy and comfortable 20 minute aerial ride to the Jach’a Qhathu station.

With this new link, passengers can easily access the services, jobs and amenities located throughout La Paz and El Alto without the need to sit in the congested and narrow roadways underneath.

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Blue Line (Línea Azul). Image by Doppelmayr.

The ropeway is the start of La Paz-El Alto’s formidable Phase II plans which totals $450 million and six urban cable cars. When Phase II is completed, the two Bolivian cities will be served by over 30km of urban gondolas and 26 stations!

10-MGD Blue Line (Section 1) 

Owner: Mi Teleférico
Location: El Alto (BOL)
Inclined Length: 3,170m
Vertical Rise: -40m
Capacity: 3,000 pphpd
Carriers: 136 ten-passenger cabins
Speed: 5.0 m/s
Trip Time: 13.62 min


10-MGD Blue Line (Section 2) 

Owner: Mi Teleférico
Location: El Alto (BOL)
Inclined Length: 1,723m
Vertical Rise: -21m
Capacity: 3,000 pphpd
Carriers: 72 ten-passenger cabins
Speed: 5.0 m/s
Trip Time: 7.17 min

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23
Nov

2016

Doppelmayr Group Increases Sales Revenues by 5%

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10-MGD-Mellaubahn in Austria laid foundation for Doppelmayr’s international success. Image by Doppelmayr.

Doppelmayr, the world’s largest manufacturer of ropeways, has ended off an incredibly successful financial year (2015/2016) with sales of 834 million euros. Compared to the year before, sales increased by 5% while the company’s global workforce increased to 2,673 employees.

As the world industry leader, Doppelmayr has continued to raise the bar on ropeway innovation by introducing its new D-Line product offering. The D-Line is the next-generation of cable car designs resulting in greater performance, speed and capacity.

In 2017, Doppelmayr will continue to set new records. A 7,900m 3S gondola in Hòn Thơm, Vietnam is scheduled to open while the world’s largest urban gondola network in La Paz-El Alto embarks on its second phase.

For more information, click here.

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21
Nov

2016

President Morales is the First Passenger of the Línea Azul

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Bolivian President Evo Morales rides Linea Azul. Image by Doppelmayr.

The Mi Teleférico, built by Doppelmayr, is currently embarking on its phase 2 expansion plans. The upcoming Blue Line (Línea Azul) received its first rider, Bolivian President Evo Morales, on Sunday, November 20, 2016.

Built at a length of 4.9km, the Blue Line will be the city’s longest ropeway and will be directly connected to the Red Line (Línea Roja). The Blue Line begins at the Jach’a Qhathu station on the Red Line and makes 3 intermediate stops before terminating at Rio Seco terminal.

The Blue Line is scheduled to open for passenger service in Spring 2017.

For more information, click here.

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21
Sep

2016

Doppelmayr and the UN-Habitat Join Forces

Linea Verde (Green Line) on La Paz's Mi Teleferico. Image by Doppelmayr.

Linea Verde (Green Line) on La Paz’s Mi Teleferico. Image by Doppelmayr.

Providing safe and efficient urban mobility remains one of the biggest challenges for cities around the world. To help tackle this challenge in metropolitan areas, Doppelmayr and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) has signed a memorandum of understanding.

As cities continue to experienced unprecedented growth, urban cable car technology can be a key tool in improving transportation connectivity. UN-Habitat, along with its advocacy and partnership platform, The World Urban Campaign (WUC), will provide city builders the chance to learn, share and develop ideas on urban cable cars.

For more information, click here.

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01
Sep

2016

The Wälderbahn ‘City Cable Car’ Could Be The Game-Changer The Ropeway Industry Needs

Image by Gugen Ueber.

Wälderbahn ‘City Cable Car’. Screenshot from Gugen Ueber.

One of the fundamental problems cable cars have always dealt with in the urban context is the conflict between not traversing privately owned lands and the necessity to only travel in straight lines with turns navigated solely at mid-stations. This has always made line optimization in urban environments incredibly challenging.

The Wälderbahn ‘City Cable Car’ could change all that.

Unveiled in the tiny Austrian state of Vorarlberg this past Tuesday, the City Cable Car is an 11-km cable car the likes of which we’ve never seen.

The first 7.5 km are relatively straightforward though no less ambitious.

Starting in the town of Bersbuch, the 3S system would travel roughly 3 kms and rise more than 800 meters to the top of the Hochälpele mountain where an underground mid-station would be located.

Mountain Station. Screenshot from Gegen Ueber.

Underground mountain station. Screenshot from Gegen Ueber.

We’ve seen underground stations before in places like Livigno, Italy and with the Hungerburgbahn Funicular in Innsbruck. But those stations appeared to be designed more due to practical matters of space rather than with matters of aesthetics. Within the Hochälpele context, it appears as though the intention is to make the station disappear as much as possible into the surrounding mountainside thereby minimizing concerns associated with visual pollution.

After Hochälpele, the cable car travels another 4km and descends more than a kilometer to the outskirts of the town of Dornbirn. And this is where things get interesting.

Let me explain.

From Hochälpele to the Dornbirn Train Station (the system’s intended final destination) requires an almost 6 km as-the-crow-flies journey across hundreds of pieces of privately owned land. That would be difficult to accomplish anywhere just from a technical perspective. From a social license and political perspective? Forget about it. Such a move would be virtually impossible in all but the most authoritarian of jurisdictions.

That’s where the Wälderbahn’s workaround is so ingenious.

Instead of flying direct to the central station, the Wälderbahn’s alpine route terminates at Karren Achmühle and transforms from a cable-propelled system to a self-propelled system. Detaching from the cable, the system’s bogies attach to what can only be described as a self-propelled “backpack bogey” that propels the vehicles forward along an elevated track. This track hews to the nearby river and local train tracks thereby eliminating the need to traverse any privately-owned lands.

It all sounds very gadgetbahn-esqe, but if it works it would represent a fundamental shift for the cable car industry the likes of which we’ve never seen.

Bogie. Screenshot from.

Bogie. Screenshot from Gugen Ueber.

Along River.

Along River. Screenshot from Gugen Ueber.

An additional intermediary station at Sägerbrücke exists prior to arrival at the central train station.
The system will clock in at 8.5 m/s and will have 28-person vehicles departing every 50 seconds.
Route and statistics. Screenshot from Gugen Ueber.

Map of route and statistics. Screenshot from Gugen Ueber.

The system is being developed directly by Doppelmayr, the world’s largest cable car manufacturer who just so happens to be headquartered in Wolfurt — a stone’s throw from Dornbirn.

The project is still at the conceptual stage and has numerous hurdles to clear. We also don’t know what the project will cost at this stage — which isn’t a surprise as a prototype, one would presume, still needs to be constructed. Comments on the project website anticipate an earliest possible completion sometime in 2022/23.

But here’s the thing —

We see projects all the time that try to do things with cable cars that they currently cannot do. We get emails all the time from people suggesting world-circling self-propelled gondolas running at hundreds of miles an hour. We tend to ignore those things.

But when the world’s largest manufacturer makes a play to build the world’s first detachable cable car that is truly capable of navigating the urban landscape (and they choose to make that play in their own backyard), we’re going to stand up and take notice.

This is a project to watch because it could change everything.

27
Jun

2016

One Ropeway – Two World Records

Ha Long Bay Queen Cable Car breaks two records. Image by Doppelmayr.

Famous for its scenic ocean views and limestone pillars, Ha Long Bay is a world renowned UNESCO World Heritage Site in Northern Vietnam. In the past, visitors used to primarily experience the popular destination on cruise ships. But thanks to the Doppelmayr/Garaventa Group, tourists can now hop onboard a record setting aerial tram.

The 2,165m long ropeway, known as the Queen Cable Car, opened for passenger service on June 26, 2016 and was designed with two massive double-decker cabins. At a capacity of 230 persons each, these are the world’s largest ropeway cabins — holding 30 passengers more than the previous record holder in France.

If that wasn’t impressive enough, the cable lift was built with two soaring concrete towers on each side of the bay to provide passengers with sweeping aerial views. The smaller tower stands at 123.45m while the taller tower stands at 188.88m — 75m higher than the former tallest ropeway tower in Austria.

With this new cable car, the experience for Ha Long Bay’s 7 million annual tourists will never be the same. For more information, click here.

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