THE URBAN CABLE TRANSPORT MAGAZINE
Si URBAN Ausgabe 1/2017

Edition 1/2018

Content

Merger of brands

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The two historic companies of the ropes business, following the merger completed in the past few months for the steel wire ropes sector, will now be present on the market with the commercial brand “Teufelberger-Redaelli”.

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Urban solutions

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Large cities worldwide face the same problem: street traffic continues to grow and people spend hours stuck in miles of traffic jams. Drivers’ nerves become frayed; serious environment pollution increases. Though integrating cableways into the existing public transport network is considered time and again, in the end the idea is dismissed. The following examples demonstrate the obstacles that cause cableway projects to die.

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Intertraffic

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Intertraffic is the world‘s leading trade event for the traffic and mobility industry.

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Urban cableway systems

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It is common knowledge that a cableway is a means of transport supported by cables. But not many people understand the differences between individual types of cableways. SI Urban introduces the most common cableway systems suitable especially for urban transport.

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Hurray, it´s snowing!

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The SNOW-INDUSTRIES team has been engaged in the development and production of snowmaking systems employed for diverse purposes both indoors and outdoors for over 20 years. Its wide product portfolio includes a variety of technologies that enables the company to offer worldwide custom-made solutions, as well as systems for all kinds of applications, regardless of the surrounding climatic conditions.

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Blasting for safety

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Venter Landestraße, a main road near Sölden (Austria), had to be closed due to avalanche hazard more than twenty times last year, causing economic damages and dissatisfaction among residents. But since INAUEN-SCHÄTTI avalanche-blasting towers were installed to safeguard the road, the sign “Road open!” is up with increasing frequency

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More space

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The world’s largest urban cableway project has taken another step forward. Half a year after the opening of the blue line, the orange line was officially inaugurated last fall. At the end of January the next two lines opened. It is the seventh line built by the DOPPELMAYR/GARAVENTA Group in the the Bolivian government’s seat since 2014.

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Everything from a single source

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With over 220,000 passengers, 20,245 rides and 1,600 operating hours per year, the Adliswill-Felsenegg cable car is in high demand. Connecting Adliswil near Zurich with the Felsenegg excursion area, it operates some 350 days per year. The cable car can guarantee such high availability thanks in part to lubricating agents from the Swiss manufacturer MOTOREX, whose products the cable car operator has switched to.

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Dreams

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Plans for urban cableways as a traffic solution are rejected as midsummer madness by many in the German-speaking region. But their initiators are not so easily discouraged. With stubbornness, dedication and spirit they pursue their plans anew despite, in some places, massive resistance..

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Great performance

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The Koblenz Cable Car, also known as the BUGA Cable Car, is an aerial cableway that soars over the Rhine in Koblenz. It was originally built by the Vorarlberg cable car manufacturer DOPPELMAYR as an attraction and environmentfriendly means of transport for the 2011 Federal Garden Show. Meanwhile, however, it has become so much more than just a tourist attraction.

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History

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Are cableways really suited for urban transport? An absurd question for someone who is familiar with the history of this means of transport. About the origins, development and future of urban cableways

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Brevity is the soul of wit

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The City of Luxembourg traffic planners have set themselves an ambitious goal to achieve by 2020: public transport as a share in the overall transport of the city should rise to 25 percent. With a new parallel funicular Pfaffenthal-Kirchberg by GARAVENTA, chances are that the attractiveness of the local transport network will grow and, at the same time, Luxembourg’s main train station will be relieved.

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Inetrview

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In an interview with SI, Harry Wagner, Professor of Automotive & Mobility Management at the Technical University in Ingolstadt talks about the trends in urban transport, how cableways need to be sensibly integrated in it and why he cannot rationally understand the attitude of cableways opponents

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A cableway saves money

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In many places, urban cableways are seen as an exotic and expensive transport solution. But in fact, they have many financial advantages. In most cases, they are less expensive than traditional means of transport.

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Eine schräge Sache

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The reason why a funicular was built in Stuttgart in 1929 was to connect a cemetery located in the outer district of Degerloch with the city. Even today, the railway is frequently used by mourners to comfortably overcome the 85-meter height difference between Heslach and the cemetery Waldfriedhof. In addition, many locals take it to enjoy the small but beautiful recreational area up on the hill .

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Interview

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For over 40 years, SALZMANN INGENIEURE has been working on urban and alpine cableway projects. In an interview for SI, the firm’s managing director, Stephan Salzmann, talks about its independence from cableway manufacturers, successful route planning in urban space and why the operation and maintenance of a cableway must not be underestimated.

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E-Mobility

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By now it has become clear to everybody that mobility will change. And there is no doubt that such change will involve abandoning combustion engines and driving electric vehicles instead. The number of electric cars has been growing continuously and their operating range improving with each innovation by the experts

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Researching trends

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Our world is moving fast. Never before has it seen technological developments as huge as today. Human mobility, too, is changing in a way that raises concerns. In an interview with SI editor Birke Müller, trend researcher and lecturer Marianne Reeb discusses the directions that mobility could take in the future.

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In search of solutions

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Mobility in large cities was the central theme of the 2017 EcoMobility Congress held in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Participants exchanged experience and together sought sustainable future solutions.

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Urban connections

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Some two billion euros have flowed into the development of Istanbul’s new city quarter, Vadistanbul, near the Galatasaray Stadium. As part of the project, you may also find here the largest office park in Turkey, spacious shopping centers, many private apartments and hotels. A funicular by BARTHOLET SEILBAHNEN, connecting the business and residential areas with the Istanbul Metro, was another important part of this giant project.

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Vietnam - A country of cableways

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The longest route, the tallest tower, the greatest height differential – it seems that whenever a new cableway is built in Vietnam, it beats at least one existing world record. This South-Asian country boasts an amazing density of extraordinary cableway installations. Here is a quick overview.

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The world´s longest ropeway

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Recently Doppelmayr opened the world’s longest ropeway. With a length of 7,899.9 meters, the Hòn Thơm 3S beats the record previously held by another 3S lift in Vietnam, the Fansipan Legend, by almost one and one-half kilometers. The route of the new tricable gondola lift crosses the sea and connects the vacation islands Phú Quốc and Hòn Thơm in the south of Vietnam.

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Gothenburg is getting ready

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Gothenburg’s residents have been dreaming of a cableway since 2005. Over the past three years, the project has been becoming increasingly more concrete. A feasibility study shows that this sustainable and environment-friendly means of transport really makes sense in the second largest Swedish city. In an interview with Birke Müller, Christof Albrecht, a cableway planner from Voralberg, discusses the probability of the project’s implementation and what exactly is planned.

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Cableway is feasible

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Things are moving ahead in Gothenburg: the idea of extending the existing local transport network with a cableway is getting increasingly more concrete. A feasibility study speaks in favor of its construction. And according to a survey, local residents, too, support this alternative means of transport. The only thing missing is the green light from city hall. If given, the cableway could become a – somewhat late – birthday gift for the city’s 400th anniversary.

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Doppelmayr opens the world’s longest ropeway

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Doppelmayr opened the world’s longest ropeway. With a length of 7,899.9 meters, the Hòn Thơm 3S beats the record previously held by another 3S lift in Vietnam, the Fansipan Legend, by almost one and one-half kilometers. The route of the new tricable gondola lift crosses the sea and connects the vacation islands Phú Quốc and Hòn Thơm in the south of Vietnam.

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