ABB technology powers new cable car

Posted on 13 Jan 2018 and read 282 times
ABB technology powers new cable carLong queues waiting to ascend Germany’s tallest mountain may now be history, thanks to a new ABB-powered cable-car system that can take 580 people an hour to the Zugspitze (in the Bavarian Alps).

Moreover, the cableway breaks three world records for a pendular (hanging) cable car system: at 127m, its single steel support column is the tallest; at 1,945m, its elevation difference is the largest; and with a total run of 3,213m from base station to peak, it has the longest span.

It replaces the 50-year-old Eibsee cableway and will end the latter’s notoriously long waiting times by transporting nearly three-times as many people per hour.

Making the record-breaking new cableway feasible for the operator (Bayerische Zugspitz-bahn Bergbahn AG) is an array of innovative technology from ABB, which has extensive experience solving transportation challenges in the Alps.

The project was particularly challenging, as the operator required a system capable of operating 365 days a year, regardless of wind and weather.

Pulling the gondolas over such a long distance and up gradients of 46deg at a speed of 10.6m per sec requires significant power, which is supplied by two ABB 800kW three-phase AC motors that are housed in the cableway’s Valley Station.

ABB ( has built a lasting reputation for safe, reliable and energy-efficient transportation in the Alps.

In the case of the world-famous Jungfrau Railway — a 9km-long cog railway that began operation in 1912 — ABB was responsible for the electrification that made the route possible; and today ABB technologies still ensure that this railway can carry more than 1 million passengers a year — even during heavy snowfalls — to the Jungfraujoch, which at 3,454m above sea level is Europe’s highest train station.

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