| Projects | Archive | 2012-12-07

Groundbreaking order for LEITNER ropeways in Tyrol

A new generation of 3S gondola lifts on the Stubai Glacier sets new standards

The first tricable gondola lift in two sections using the environmentally-friendly direct drive – these are only some of the technological innovations of the new gondola ropeway which LEITNER ropeways will build on the Stubai Glacier by Autumn 2015.

The new order from Wintersport Tirol AG & Co Stubaier Bergbahnen KG calls for LEITNER ropeways to construct an important connecting ropeway on the Stubai glacier. The tricable gondola lift “3S Eisgratbahn” will be in operation throughout the year. It will meet the highest requirements in terms of performance, cost-effectiveness and environmental sustainability and represent a new generation of technology. According to plans, the first 3S gondola lift with two connected sections will enter into operation on October 31, 2015. The first section rises a vertical height of 542 meters over an inclined length of 1,852 meters. The second section tackles 595 vertical meters over a distance of 2,240 meters. At a speed of 7 meters per second and with 43 gondolas, this new ropeway will achieve a capacity of 3,000 passengers per hour. It is the world's first 3S gondola lift which uses the groundbreaking direct drive.

The project integrates impressive technological and groundbreaking solutions

The LEITNER direct drive - a gearless drive system for cableways – is unparalleled across the world. This project marks the first time that it is being used in a tricable gondola lift. The direct drive is extremely reliable and gives the Eisgratbahn availability which is otherwise only possible with 4 motor drives. The system in the Stubai also presents other groundbreaking solutions: It has fixed track and haul rope tension and the return station uses a single sheave. A further decisive advantage is the fully-automatic garaging systems in the valley as well as at the middle and top station. The new 3S no longer requires a safety area thanks to the integrated positive coupling device at the valley exit.

Following the 3S gondola lifts on the Ritten near Bolzano (Italy) and in Avoriaz (France), the order for the Stubai Glacier is yet another trend-setting project for LEITNER ropeways. It demonstrates how, even with state-of-the-art ropeway systems, improvements are still possible. "Thanks to our consistent and innovative research and development, especially in the area of 3S stations, we are able to present a new technological generation of this type in the Stubai. These efforts have been rewarded by the order," explains Michael Tanzer, Head of Sales Austria.

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