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04
Oct

2018

LEITNER ropeways Introduces World’s Highest 3S Gondola Lift

3S gondola lift to the famous Klein Matterhorn in Zermatt, Switzerland. Image from LEITNER ropeways.

Travelling to heights of nearly 4,000m above sea level, the Klein Matterhorn’s new aerial lift by LEITNER ropeways has claimed a new record — the world’s highest 3S gondola.

To complete the CHF 55 million project, 145 cable car and construction specialists spent 27,000 hours over 2.5 years to help realize this dream. The 3S gondola is a system of superlatives in almost any sense imaginable — 3,765m in length, 900m vertical rise, and home to Europe’s highest mountain station.

Image from LEITNER ropeways.

A total of 25 premium Symphony cabins with a capacity of 28 persons each are designed to maximize rider comfort and experience as passengers sit in roomy interiors with large panoramic windows. Four of these cabins offer passengers with a “Crystal ride” experience where the gondolas have glass floors and are encrusted with 280,000 Swarovski crystal beads.

Image from LEITNER ropeways.

Technically, 3S gondola systems have the highest wind resistance which will further increase system reliability. The new gondola builds upon the initial aerial tram to Klein Matterhorn which began operations nearly 40 years ago. The 3S ropeway will improve guest access to 360km of ski slopes, and provide enhanced recreational opportunities year-round.

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25
May

2018

LEITNER Ropeways: 2017 Annual Report

LEITNER has been producing ropeways since 1888 and is one of the world’s largest ropeway manufacturers. Images from LEITNER.

LEITNER ropeways continues to build on its success in 2017 by implementing 32 systems in 12 countries. Ropeways installed by LEITNER combine technological advancements and superior design techniques to produce cable lifts that contribute positively to both the touristic and urban environment.

Innovative products such as LEITNER’s DirectDrive and LeitControl are setting new industry standards while providing customers with state-of-the-art transport solutions.

New cabin and station designs are now possible thanks to a cooperation with Italian design studio, Pininfarina — the designer of Ferrari and Maserati sports cars. Overall, 2017 was marked by memorable system openings and strong outlooks to the future.


Upcoming Projects

Rendering of upcoming Jennerbahn. Image by LEITNER ropeways.

In Fall 2018, the world’s highest 3S gondola (3,821m), Zermatt Bergbahnen, will be opened to connect Klein Matterhorn. The new cable car will improve the ride experience and increase capacity to the glacier by 2,000 persons per hour. For urban mobility and tourist applications, four projects are underway. Be on the lookout for upcoming ropeways being implemented in Dharamsala (India), Sacheon (Korea), Trabzon (Turkey) and Tibidabo (Spain)!

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25
Apr

2018

LEITNER Ropeways Builds New Trebević Cable Car in Sarajevo

The Trebevic Cable Car is built with an inclined length of 2,158m and 10 towers. Image from LEITNER ropeways.

After an absence of nearly three decades, an aerial ropeway has finally returned to Sarajevo’s famous Trebević mountain. The new 10-passenger cable car, built by LEITNER ropeways, carries visitors to the summit (1,160m) from the old city centre in just seven minutes and fifteen seconds.

The state-of-the-art aerial lift, designed with LEITNER’s DirectDrive system, can transport up to 1,200 passengers per hour per direction onboard its 33 cabins.

The cable car was made possible thanks in part to 3.5 million Euros donation by a Dutch nuclear physicist and businessman, Edmond “Eddy” Offerman. Offerman has a very special connection to the mountain as he met his wife, Maja Serdarević, in the Bosnian capital back in the 90s. As such, he had many fond memories riding the old Trebević aerial lift.

Anton Seeber (Managing Director of LEITNER), Abdulah Skaka (Mayor of Sarajevo) and Martin Leitner (Member of the LEITNER Board of Directors) were all in attendance at the opening ceremony. Image from LEITNER ropeways.

The former ropeway was a central component of the 1984 Winter Olympics and a popular day trip excursion until it was destroyed during the Yugoslav Wars in the 90s. The new recreational urban gondola reopened on April 6, the same day in which Offerman began his relationship with Serdarević.

Offerman hopes that the cable car installation can contribute to the revival of Sarajevo. To learn more about this project, click here.



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22
Mar

2018

Leitner Ropeways Building First 3S Gondola in Scandinavia

The new 3S gondola in Voss, Norway will be designed as part of a larger a multi-modal transport hub with rail and bus connections. Image from Leitner ropeways.

Leitner ropeways is proud to be the first company to introduce 3S gondola technology to Northern Europe. Voss Resorts, one of Norway’s top ski and leisure destinations, will be soon connected by a new 3S system that is scheduled to open in summer 2019.

While this aerial lift primarily serves a recreational function for winter and summer sport enthusiasts, the gondola’s bottom station will be built as a part of an integrated transport terminal. With the ropeway platform located on the third floor, passengers will be able to seamlessly connect to and from buses (located on the ground level) and rail service (located on the first floor). From the valley station, passengers will hop aboard one of thirteen ultra-chic Pininfarina “Symphony” cabins (35 person capacity).

Up to 1,500 passengers per hour will be able to ride the 2,000m long ropeway which transports riders over an elevation of 742m.

A new 450-person capacity restaurant with sweeping panoramic views will be built adjacent to the top station which strengthens Voss’ position as a premiere tourist destination. Image from Leitner ropeways.

Alongside a mountain side restaurant, the top station area will offer visitors a host of recreational opportunities for both summer and winter activities. The new 3S system not only replaces the resort’s old aerial tram (Hangursbanen) but will also complement Voss’ overall €31 million modernization program which improves the site’s hiking trails and ski areas.

Leaders in 3S Ropeways

3S technology is the most advanced and robust ropeway system available in the world today. Compared to other aerial ropeways, 3S systems have the highest wind resistance and highest line capacities. They have the ability to operate in wind speeds of up to 100km/h and can carry 6,000 persons per hour per direction.

So far, Leitner ropeways has built and designed 3S gondolas throughout the world with systems in Bolzano (Italy), Morzine/Avoriaz (France), Stubaital Valley (Austria), and Klein Matterhorn (Switzerland). This latest project in Voss is the continuation of Leitner ropeways’ success in designing 3S systems to solve challenging transportation problems.

To learn more about Leitner ropeways and the first 3S gondola in Scandinavia, please click here.

 

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02
Mar

2018

LEITNER Ropeways Modernizes Montjuïc Funicular

Montjuïc Funicular. Image by LEITNER ropeways.

The Montjuïc Funicular in Barcelona, Spain has been providing passengers with quick, reliable, and convenient transportation to the hill of Montjuïc since it was built in 1928 for the World Exhibition.

The 718m long cable-hauled line was then renewed in preparation for a flux of visitors who arrived in the City during the 1992 Summer Olympics. Most recently, LEITNER ropeways was selected to conduct modernization works on the transport line between November 2015 and April 2016.

As part of the work plan, the two vehicles were overhauled, the electrical and mechanical components and the ropes were replaced, and the brakes and the emergency brakes were modernized.

New video and audio systems were installed. Image by LEITNER ropeways.

The Montjuïc Funicular was also equipped with LeitControl, an innovative and intuitive control system.  Complex work processes are now improved and simplified which increases staff safety and comfort. In particular, Operations Manager Carlos Sanchez was impressed with how much information was now available to operators at a single glance.

The system remains a vital transit link in Barcelona which serves 1.5 million passengers per year. As the funicular can transport up to 8,000 passengers per hour per direction, this makes it one of the highest capacity funiculars in the world!  Today, the system is fully integrated with City’s transit network and is connected to Barcelona Metro’s L2 and L3 lines and the Leitner-built urban gondola, the Téléferic de Montjuïc.

To learn more about the modernization program and LEITNER ropeways, click here.

 

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10
Nov

2017

Premium Symphony 10 Cabin Presented by LEITNER ropeways

Symphony 10 cabin. Image by LEITNER ropeways.

The new Symphony 10 cabin by LEITNER ropeways features the latest advancements in modern ropeway design and functionality. As the “little sister” of the Pininfarina-crafted 3S Symphony cabin, this redesigned 10-passenger carrier provides passengers with greater comfort and convenience thanks to a number of technical and structural enhancements.

Compared to the traditional Diamond Series cabins, the roof of the 10 Symphony features a wider design. As a result, there is a greater sense of spaciousness for users. In addition, larger seats and cabin dimensions provide riders with more legroom and individual seating space.

Windows stretching from the floor to the top ensure that passengers have better viewing opportunities throughout their entire ropeway journey. For clients hoping to pamper their guests, automotive-style leather seats can be added to enhance visitor experience.

Symphony 10 cabins. Image by LEITNER ropeways.

With the new sliding door design, this means that the mechanism will not disturb passengers while the doors open. Meanwhile, the wider entryway makes boarding and alighting easier than ever before. Passengers can experience the new 10 Symphony cabins in the upcoming winter season onboard the Piz Seteur gondola in Val Gardena, Italy. To learn more about LEITNER ropeways and the 10 Symphony, please click here.

Piz Seteur 10-passenger gondola. Image by LEITNER ropeways.

 

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18
Oct

2017

Three Million Trips Aboard Berlin’s IGA 2017 Gondola

IGA 2017 Gondola. Image from LEITNER Ropeways.

During its 6-month run, Berlin’s IGA 2017 urban gondola provided green and barrier-free transport to a total of three million riders. During peak periods, the 3,000-person capacity ropeway recorded more than 35,000 passengers per day. Designed and operated by LEITNER Ropeways, the 10-passenger monocable urban gondola soared to heights of 30m and allowed visitors to admire the 100+ hectares of garden grounds from the sky.

As the German capital experienced the wettest summer ever recorded, attendance to the International Garden Show was unable to reach the two million visitor target. However, the event was still a success where 1.6 million guests visited the site between April 13, 2017 – October 15, 2017.

The 1.5km, 3-station gondola was a prominent attraction throughout its time during IGA 2017 and after a 40-day break, will resume service on December 1, 2017. The system’s close proximity to Berlin’s “Kienberg-Gärten der Welt” subway station means there is an opportunity for the cable car to provide ongoing service improvements to local transport in the years to come. Ongoing dialogue with City officials will discuss how the ropeway can be integrated with the local transit system.

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