Turns are called for now
A taxi driving through the air - something we only know from science-fi ction fi lms so far. If things continue to run as the DOPPELMAYR technicians imagine, it could become reality in the near future.
Until recently, implementation of cableways in urban areas has had certain technical limitations. “The ability to maneuver city turns was lacking completely,” explains Peter Lingenhel from DOPPELMAYR. As urban cableways could not be implemented in city centers in particular, we decided to develop a specifi c system that could easily handle turns of all manner of radiuses.
With the CCC-technology (City Cable Car), it may now be possible. It works like this: the taxi, as it is called, hauls the cable car cabins and rides with them into the city. Its e-engine is energy- effi cient, the CCC-installation compact and so requiring only a very small room for storage. Its design is selected so that it fi ts in with the city’s appearance.
The cable car is equipped with LED-lights for night rides. The towers resemble slim trees with two branches on both the right and left sides. The route hovers above the existing infrastructure. A sound is only heard when the cabin is gliding by. Disabled access to the platforms is provided via elevators. With this system, a new level of transport comes into being.
Flagship project Wälderbahn
How such a project might look in reality is something the DOPPLEMAYR team has been trying to work out for some time now. This visionary project is the Wälderbahn project in Vorarlberg (www.wälderbahn.at). “The idea actually came because of our internal need,” describes Lingenhel.
“Many of our people are from the Bregenzerwald. Public traffi c causes considerable pollution, there are traffi c jams every day, and we thought about what could be done about it. “True, there’s a well-developed public transport network including many bus lines. But even they hit their capacity limits during the peak hours and the buses, too, drive on the streets.”
The cable car’s three functions
The Vorlalberger fl agship project was publicly presented almost exactly a year ago. This innovative project, jointly developed by the Vorarlberg industrial union, DOPPELMAYR, and the research company KAIROS, should lay the groundwork for alternative ways of overcoming diffi culties in public transport in Vorarlberg.
Lingenhel describes the plan, emphasizing the ingeniousness of the route: “The cableway runs from the small but centrally located town of Bersbuch over Hochälpele, representing the highest point on the route, across the Sägerbrücke with a hospital and a university campus in close proximity, along the Dornbirner Ache to the Hauptbahnhof where it is directly linked to the train and bus networks.“
Julia Schwärzler, responsible for marketing and public relations at DOPPELMAYR, says: “There are fi ve stations altogether, among them one at Hochälpele – an important point of entry into the Bödele ski area, and one at Karren, a popular summer hiking area.“ As many as 28 persons can be transported in one minute-intervals. The ride from Bersbuch to Karren takes 20 minutes, from there one continues on with the CCC-system in the direction of Dornbirn-center.
Keeping to the project
“The cable car is designed to have disabled access so that strollers and wheelchairs, as well as loads of up to 2.5 tons, could be transported too. It would run from 5 a.m. until 10 p.m.,” says Lingenhel and names the cable car’s three important functions: “Opening up the Bregenzerwald, providing a perfect entry into the ski area and supplementing the city transport system.“
Am Projekt dran bleiben
At the moment, the project is still only a vision but the DOPPELMAYR team wants to keep to it in any case. “A cable car is perfectly suitable for everyday use. Multiple great projects have proven that cableways also work in cities. But here they are still often seen only as a form of leisure activity-related transport,” says Schwärzler and turns to her colleague Lingenhel, who continues: “A cable car directly at one’s doorstep would naturally have a great emotional value for us“. bm
FACTS ABOUT WÄLDERBAHN
- 3S GONDOLA LIFT
- CONNECTING BREGENZERWALD TO RHEINTAL
OVER BERSBUCH, HOCHÄLPELE AND KARREN
- LENGTH: 7,711 M
- MAX. SPEED: 8.5 M/S
- TRANSPORT CAPACITY: 2,000 PERS. /H
- TRANSIT TIME: 20 MIN.
- 2 SECTIONS, 8 TOWERS
- ANGLE STATION KEHLEGG
- CITY CABLE CAR (CCC):
- STATIONS AT KARREN, SÄGERBRÜCKE,
- LENGTH: 3,280 M
- SPEED: 6.5 M/S
- TRANSPORT CAPACITY: 2,000 PERS. /H
- TURNING RADIUS: 100 AND 50 M
- TRANSIT TIME: 12 MIN.