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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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30
May

2016

Doppelmayr’s Annual Report 2016 – Another Year of Innovations and Records

Last month, Doppelmayr-Garaventa released its highly anticipated Annual Worldwide 2016 Report. Each year, the world’s largest ropeway manufacturer produces this impressive publication which documents the many incredible rope-driven installations built in the previous year.

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Doppelmayr Annual Report 2016. Images from Doppelmayr.

The 158-page book is chock full of stunning photos and jaw-dropping facts for all 103 installations built in 2015. This makes the highly visual guide a light-hearted read for audiences of all backgrounds and ages.

While every year Doppelmayr continues to be at the forefront of ropeway innovation, the spectacular variety seen in the 2016 version is particularly memorable. As the technology continues to build its profile in cities, a few new ropeway systems may have key implications for urban settings.


30-TDG Fansipan Legend 

The Fansipan Legend in Northern Vietnam sets the world record for 3S/tricable detachable gondolas with the greatest elevation change (vertical rise) at 1251m. It provides visitors of all mobility levels the chance to experience the roof of Indochina. As 3S technology continues to mature and develop, it paves the way for even more impressive installations and opportunities in cities.

30-TDG Penkenbahn 

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The brand new 3S Penkenbahn in Austria’s Mayrhofner Bergbahnen makes a 6.5 degree turn only on towers. Passengers are whisked up the side of Penken mountain in spacious cabins where they have access to ski and hiking terrain. The ability to make turns on towers without a mid-station means greater flexibility for cable cars to navigate complex urban built-form. This engineering marvel is unprecedented and showcases Doppelmayr’s committed to innovation.


6/8-CDG Riederalp–Blausee / 6/8-CDG Blausee–Moosfluh

6:8-CGD Riederalp–Blausee -- 6:8-CGD Blausee–Moosfluh (Realign)

The Riederalp-Blausse-Moosfluh combined lift in Switzerland is designed with the capability to realign stations and towers in both a vertical and horizontal direction. This unique design was necessary to accommodate shifting geological conditions as engineers predict that the glacier will move between 5-11m in the next 25 years. This system demonstrates the remarkable ingenuity of Doppelmayr’s designers to build cable lifts in the face of almost insurmountable odds.

10-MDG Kirchenkarbahn

10-MGD Kirchenkarbahn

Austria’s Kirchenkarbahn in Obergurgl-Hochgurgl becomes the first cable car built with Doppelmayr’s next-generation D-Line technology. Of the many new benefits, this innovative system offers lower noise levels, and greater maintenance friendliness. As urban systems place higher performance demands and requirements, the D-Line helps Doppelmayr cement its position as the world leader in ropeways.

 

Summary

Doppelmayr Annual Report 2016 (2)

Of course Doppelmayr’s installations span beyond the systems we’ve mentioned above and every system has its own special and unique story to tell.

For a full look at the company’s accomplishments, be sure to download and share a copy of their report. Click here.



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12
Apr

2016

Doppelmayr’s Innovative Recovery Concept – Unmatched Passenger Safety and Comfort

As we’ve pointed out before, gondolas are the safest form of transport in the world. Whether it’s data from United States, France or the Swiss Alps, cable cars have demonstrated their ability to transport riders in the most extreme topographical and meteorological conditions with unmatched safety and comfort.

Despite its high safety record, Doppelmayr – the global leader in urban gondolas with worldwide facilities and sales teams – has continued to advance and improve the technology to greater levels of quality and excellence.

In recent times, the company has designed an innovative safety feature called the Recovery Concept.

Koblenz Cable Car is equipped with the Recovery Concept to maximize safety.

The Recovery Concept is a series of redundant drive-line systems that ensures the cabins will return to a station in the event of a mechanical or electrical failure of the primary drive-line.

While there have always been backup drive-lines for aerial ropeway installations, the world’s first detachable gondola supported by the Recovery Concept was installed in the Grasjochbahn 8-passenger gondola (Silvretta Montafon, Voralberg, Austria) in 2011.

Grasjoch 8-passenger gondola. Image by Doppelmayr.

Grasjoch 8-passenger gondola. Image by Doppelmayr.

“With Doppelmayr’s Recovery Concept, dramatic and expensive rescues are no longer necessary. Cabins with passengers remain comfortably intact and would simply be returned to the station with one of the Concept’s alternative drive mechanisms,” says Tom Sanford, VP Sales of Doppelmayr USA.

Doppelmayr Recovery Concept. Image by Doppelmayr.

Recovery Concept. Image by Doppelmayr.

Major features of this system include:

  • Main drive mechanism has an auxiliary motor in case of primary motor failure
  • Coupling can be detached from bullwheel to allow emergency drives to take over in case both primary and auxiliary motors fail
  • Each bullwheel is equipped with an emergency bearing allowing rotational movement between emergency drives on either side
  • Special tools installed which lifts the cable back to normal position in case of derailment
  • Special tools, such as permanent crane facilities, to remove blocked cabins

“We’ll never completely eliminate the need for rope rescues but, with Doppelmayr’s Recovery Concept, nearly all of them are now prevented,” says Sanford.

 

Application to Urban Gondolas

Already the Recovery Concept has been installed in several high-profile urban cable cars including the Koblenz Cable Car (Germany), and the Emirates Air Line Cable Car (UK).

Emirates Air Line Cable Car built with the Recovery Concept. Two independent emergency drives and recovery equipment on top of each tower means passengers can stay in cabins during emergencies.

“We think this concept is a must-have for cities installing ropeways as public transportation” says Sanford.

As the performance and passenger requirements of public transit is immensely demanding, the Recovery Concept can help strengthen Cable Propelled Transit’s position as the world’s safest urban transport modality.

You can learn more about Doppelmayr and urban applications of its ropeways here.

 

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