21
Sep

2017

LEITNER Ropeways Modernizes Dorfbahn Serfaus

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Serfaus Dorfbahn. Image by LEITNER Ropeways.

After 32 years of operations, the Dorfbahn Serfaus is now undergoing a full modernization program. This underground funicular, located in the popular Austrian ski town of Serfaus, operates on a bed of air cushion. It was built in 1986 to reduce traffic congestion in the village, replace crowded buses and to serve as a last mile solution between a car park and ski facilities.

LEITNER ropeways was chosen by Seilbahn Komperdell GmbH to conduct this program of work due to its specialized expertise in cable propelled solutions and air cushion technology. The company is responsible for all technical ropeway services which means the new funicular will be equipped with LEITNER’s quiet and sustainable DirectDrive and user-friendly LEITControl systems. In addition, the company will design and install the funicular’s communication, platform information, video and emergency radio systems.

With LEITNER’s latest air cushion and special DirectDrive technology, these innovative features will maximize safety, efficiency and comfort. Modernized air cushion technology ensures that funicular operations remain silent and with minimal vibrations as it travels underneath the village. The Dorfbahn Serfaus will also be the first DirectDrive installed on a standing traction sheave.

Construction of the funicular will be split into three phases with the system scheduled to open in 2019. Once implementation works are complete, the funicular’s capacity will be increased by 50% to 3,000 passengers per hour per direction.

To learn more about LEITNER ropeways and the Dorfbahn Serfaus, click here.


STATS

Capacity (pphpd) 3,000
Speed (m/s) 11
Drive Power (kw) 1,500
Length (m) 1,290
Stations 4
Vehicle Trainset with 3 individual cars
Drive system LEITNER DirectDrive

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17
Sep

2017

La Paz’s Fifth Gondola to Open Ahead of Schedule on September 29

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Orange Line. Image from Mí Teleférico.

The manager of La Paz’s Mi Teleférico urban gondola system, César Dockweiler, officially announced that the city will open its fifth urban gondola system, the Orange Line (Spanish: Línea Naranja) on September 29. This is a (few) week(s) ahead of schedule as the system’s original inauguration date was supposed to be in October.

Once opened, this means that three Cable Propelled Transit lines will be connected together. With improved connectivity, passengers on the Blue Line’s (Spanish: Línea Azul) western terminus, Wana Jawira station in El Alto, can travel through 9.7km of urban gondolas via the Red Line before arriving at the Orange Line’s eastern terminus, Villarroel.

The cable car operator has invited all residents to celebrate this momentous occasion by gathering at Plaza Villaroel, the Orange Line’s eastern terminus and future interchange station with the White Line (Spanish: Línea Blanca).

To follow live updates from the world’s largest urban gondola network, check out their Twitter or Facebook page. We will be sure to provide any new photos and information as it comes!



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16
Sep

2017

Photo of the Week: Rittner Seilbahn / Funivia del Renon

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#funiviadelrenon

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14
Sep

2017

Doppelmayr Trains Next Generation of Ropeway Specialists

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Doppelmayr’s new apprentices for 2017. Image from Doppelmayr.

A new team of students officially began their apprenticeship this month at Doppelmayr’s headquarters in Wolfurt, Austria. As part of their vocational training, 34 young men and women will learn the ins and outs of ropeway design through educational programs related to electrical engineering, metalworking, mechanical engineering, mechatronics and machining engineering.

With the additional students from the 2017 class, a record 104 apprentices are now honing their craft at Doppelmayr. Apprenticeships are a longstanding tradition at the world’s largest ropeway company and have been instrumental to its success since the business was established in 1893. Company founder, Konrad Doppelmayr, himself was an apprentice to a village blacksmith during the early stages of his career.

These students, at just 15 or 16 years old, spend one day at school and four days at Doppelmayr. For many of them, these apprenticeships are the start of an exciting and rewarding career in the cable car industry. For those interested in training with Doppelmayr, please contact Mrs. Renate Prinz from Apprentice Training by telephone (05574/604-1059) or email (renate.prinz@doppelmayr.com).

To learn more about Doppelmayr and its training program, please click here.



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12
Sep

2017

World Map Update (Sept 2017): Urban Gondolas, Cable Cars and Cable Propelled Transit

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Since our last update to Gondola Project’s world map six months ago, urban cable cars have continued to make their presence felt around the world.

For this update, we have been able to track a total of 28 new proposals — that’s about 8 more proposals than the preceding six months. Eight projects have also been updated, but unfortunately, three of these proposals have been cancelled/indefinitely postponed.

The only new urban cable car opening took place in Korea’s second largest city, Busan (pop: 3.4 million) where the Busan Air Cruise was inaugurated in June 2017. However, readers should be happy to note that La Paz/El Alto’s fifth Cable Propelled Transit (CPT) system, the Orange Line (Spanish: Línea Naranja) is scheduled to open for service during the first week of October 2017.

With more than 150 active proposals in the various stages of planning, design and construction, the amount of growth and interest in the urban ropeway market has undoubtedly reached new heights. To many city builders, this upward trend comes at no surprise as the world’s rapid pace of urbanization has inevitably forced decision-makers and citizens to examine alternative  forms of transport.

As always, a big thank you goes out to our readers who have reached out to us and provided invaluable insight and links to dozens of projects. In case we’ve missed anything, please leave a comment below, or find us on Facebook / Twitter.

 

NEW PROPOSALS ADDED

 

PROPOSALS UPDATED

  • Bandung, Phase 1 (Bandung, Indonesia) — September 2017
  • Torreón Teleférico (Torreón, Mexico) — August 2017
  • Bath Cable Car, cancelled (Bath, England) — July 2017
  • New York State Fair Gondola, cancelled (Albany, NY) — June 2017
  • Tizi Ouzou – Sidi Belloua (Tizi Ouzou, Algeria)  — June 2017
  • Ngong Ping 360 – Tai O, cancelled (Hong Kong, China) — June 2017 
  • Casalotti – Battistini Cable Car (Rome, Italy) — May 2017
  • Cleveland Skylift (Cleveland, OH) — April 2017

 

NEW DOSSIERS

  • Awana Skyway (Genting Highlands, Malaysia) — Dossier
  • Polinka (Wrocław, Poland) — Dossier
  • Skyrail Rainforest Cableway (Cairns, Australia) — Dossier
  • Mexicable (Ecatepec, Mexico) — Dossier
  • Teleférico da Providência (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) — Dossier
  • Nizhny Novgorod Cable Car (Nizhny Novgorod, Russia) — Dossier
  • Aparecida Cable Car (Aparecida, Brazil) — Dossier
  • Expo Alt / Telecabina Aramón Zaragoza 2008 (Zaragoza, Spain) — Dossier

 

NEW SYSTEMS ADDED 

  • Busan Air Cruise (Busan, Korea) — June 2017

 

Note: system’s documented (mostly) represent ropeways built in a non-ski lift/urban setting and are no longer limited to just mass transit cable cars. The map’s scope was expanded since the term Cable Propelled Transit (CPT) or mass transit cable cars was failing to fully capture all the ropeway activity happening in the urban market.



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09
Sep

2017

Photo of the Week: Mi Teleférico

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07
Sep

2017

System Dossier: Awana Skyway

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Genting Highlands, also known as Resorts World Genting, is a Malaysian resort complex situated at the top of Gunung Ulu Kali (1,800 meters above sea level). This “City of Entertainment” is located about an hour’s drive from the nation’s capital of Kuala Lumpur and comprises of five hotels, shopping malls, a theme park, and casinos.

The idea of this hilltop resort was conceived by Malaysian entrepreneur Lim Goh Tong while he worked on a hydro-electric plant in the nearby Cameron Highlands. After an arduous construction process, Resorts World Genting opened its doors for business in 1971.

Today, Genting Highlands is a remarkable success. The resort is a one of the most popular weekend getaway destinations in the region, attracting over 20 million visitors annually from across Malaysia and the rest of Asia. As this destination contains the country’s only legal land casino, it’s no surprise that Genting Highlands is dubbed the “Las Vegas of Malaysia”.

Aerial view of Resorts World Genting. Image by flickr user Chee Hong.

Currently Resorts World Genting is undergoing a 10-year transformation project (valued at RM10.3B/US$2.5B), in order to bolster the resort’s international profile. A number of world-class entertainment options for visitors are part of the plan, which includes the world’s first Twentieth Century Fox World theme park, the newly opened SkyAvenue shopping mall and, of course, the new cable car system — the Awana Skyway.

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