Koblenz Rheinseilbahn

18
Nov

2017

Photo of the Week: Koblenz Cable Car



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16
Oct

2013

Meet Wolfgang Laas, Koblenz Cable Car Engineer

Image from Haberler.

Ever wonder what it takes to manage and operate an urban cable car? Well DW recently toured the Koblenz Rheinseilbahn and was able to speak to the man in charge, Wolfgang Laas.

Wolfgang takes you thru the system and discusses some important points as to why gondolas can actually function better in cities than in alpine environments. Click here to see video or click the image above.

 



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02
Nov

2011

Introducing White Cards

Here at the Gondola Project we’ve been busy producing what we’re calling WHITE CARDS — a new learning tool for those interested in Cable Propelled Transit. They’re basically a quick-read version of a white paper:

Sample White Card by CUP Projects.

The series kicks off with cards on Major CPT Systems. Each card provides basic information on the system (with images and stats), our brief analysis of the installation, and other related Gondola Project posts and pages.

The first two WHITE CARDS are now available online. You can find them on the WHITE CARDS Page or in the drop down menu, under “Learn About Cable” in the header.

All White Cards are being released with a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 3.0 license. For those unaware of what means:

  • You can download, email, print, share and distribute the White Cards as much as you wish so long as:
  • You do not make money from the distribution and sharing of the White Cards.
  • You do not change anything in the White Cards.
  • You do not “cut-and-paste” from the White Cards.

Otherwise, feel free to share them in whatever form you like. Enjoy!



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03
Jun

2011

Koblenz Rheinseilbahn: Alternate Reality?

What . . ? I mean, it certainly looks like the Koblenz Rheinseilbahn . . . sort of . . .




 

 



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17
Sep

2010

The Koblenz Rheinseilbahn, Part 5: Conclusions

This past summer I brought attention to the Rheinseilbahn in Koblenz, Germany. In a past post I suggested it was likely a strong example of an Urban Gondola given its innovative design. That opinion, however, was based upon second and third hand knowledge, not first-hand experience. Last month, however, I had the opportunity to visit Koblenz and tour the Rheinseilbahn myself.

This is Part 5 of a 5 part photo essay resulting from that journey. Click here to read Part 1. Click here to read Part 2. Click here to read Part 3. Click here to read Part 4.

All images by Steven Dale.

The Koblenz Rheinseilbahn.

This is the most attention I’ve ever given a single system on The Gondola Project. That’s strange because the Koblenz Rheinseilbahn doesn’t really fit within my definition of what Cable Propelled Transit (CPT) is. It has neither fare nor physical integration with the transit system of its host city. In all reality, the system is better defined as a Toy For Tourists.

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16
Sep

2010

The Koblenz Rheinseilbahn, Part 4: Towers

This past summer I brought attention to the Rheinseilbahn in Koblenz, Germany. In a past post I suggested it was likely a strong example of an Urban Gondola given its innovative design. That opinion, however, was based upon second and third hand knowledge, not first-hand experience. Last month, however, I had the opportunity to visit Koblenz and tour the Rheinseilbahn myself.

This is Part 4 of a 5 part photo essay resulting from that journey. Click here to read Part 1. Click here to read Part 2. Click here to read Part 3. Click here to read Part 5.

Unless otherwise noted, all images by Steven Dale.

 

The Rheinseilbahn's Lower Terminal Tower.

If there is one major design flaw in the Koblenz Rheinseilbahn, it is within the tower infrastructure.

While system designers and architects did a wondrous job on the vehicles and stations it seems as though the tower elements were almost forgotten about. It’s a shame because had the designers found an innovative and beautiful way to make the towers sculptural rather than simply utilitarian you could argue that the Rheinseilbahn is one of the most elegantly designed cable systems ever.

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15
Sep

2010

The Koblenz Rheinseilbahn, Part 3: Stations

This past summer I brought attention to the Rheinseilbahn in Koblenz, Germany. In a past post I suggested it was likely a strong example of an Urban Gondola given its innovative design. That opinion, however, was based upon second and third hand knowledge, not first-hand experience. Last month, however, I had the opportunity to visit Koblenz and tour the Rheinseilbahn myself.

This is Part 3 of a 5 part photo essay resulting from that journey. Click here to read Part 1Click here to read Part 2. Click here to read Part 4. Click here to read Part 5.

All images by Steven Dale.

The "Body" of the Rheinseilbahn's lower terminal.

One of the most common arguments against Cable Propelled Transit and Urban Gondolas is station size.

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