Jan 26, 2016

Rider’s Digest: Leitner Ropeways’ Tricable Gondola Lifts

The following summarizes 16-page glossy brochure on LEITNER’s 3S system. Also known as ‘tricable gondolas’, they have single haul rope and two carrying ropes. Tricable gondolas features detachable grips and offers the highest transport capacity of all aerial technologies. They guarantee increased wind resistance and can also cross major spans of over 2,500 meters between towers. Cabins can be...

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Sep 09, 2015

Longest 3S Cable Car Breaks Ground in Vietnam (Phú Quốc to Hòn Thơm)

This week Doppelmayr began construction on the world’s longest single section aerial cable car. The 3S system will be 7.9km long and will transport up to 3,500 passengers per hour between An Thoi town in Phu Quoc district and Hon Thom island. The area is famous for its clear blue waters and white sand beaches and is set...

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Nov 08, 2013
Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup: 7km TDG/3S Cable Car Planned for Fansipan, Vietnam

A quick look at some of the things that happened this week in the world of cable cars, urban gondolas, and cable propelled transit: Fansipan, the highest point in Indochina at 3,143m, may soon see a $210 million, 7km 3S/TDG (tricable detachable gondola) connecting Sapa to Muong Hoa Valley and the Fansipan peak. Once complete, the...

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May 01, 2013

The New Taris 3S Cabin From CWA

It’s been a busy month for me what with Interalpin, Alpipro and the launch of our new Guide to Gondolas, hence the spareness of posts for the last couple of weeks. Now that I’m back into the swing of things though, I’m going to spend the next few posts discussing some of the highlights of...

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Aug 13, 2012
This Week's Tweaks

This Week’s Tweak — 3S

In an effort to continually improve and expand the offerings on The Gondola Project, each week we’re rolling out a “tweak” to the site. If there’s a part of the website you’d like to see “tweaked” send us an email at gondola (at) creativeurbanprojects (dot) com.  This week, it’s a tech update series. So far...

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Jun 27, 2012
Sochi Gondolas

Sochi’s Olympic Gondolas – Game Changers in Waiting

While everyone’s all a-buzz about London successfully completing their cable car in time for the Olympics, the subsequent Olympic cable cars may, in fact, be of far greater importance to the technology’s spread. While no one can doubt the importance of having cable transit on display in one of the world’s most-touristed cities during one...

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May 31, 2011

Urban Gondola Transit as Minivan?

Advancements in 3S and MDG technology have largely eliminated the need for Funitel and BDG technologies. If you’re considering a Funitel, you might as well go with a 3S. The 3S is faster, with higher potential capacity and reasonably similar capital costs. A 3S also doesn’t incur the high energy consumption cost that’s typical of...

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Sep 15, 2010
Koblenz Rheinseilbahn

The Koblenz Rheinseilbahn, Part 3: Stations

This past summer I brought attention to the Rheinseilbahn in Koblenz, Germany. In a past post I suggested it was likely a strong example of an Urban Gondola given its innovative design. That opinion, however, was based upon second and third hand knowledge, not first-hand experience. Last month, however, I had the opportunity to visit...

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Jun 24, 2010
Koblenz Rheinseilbahn

The Koblenz Rheinseilbahn Is Open For Business

Apparently the Koblenz Rheinseilbahn just opened to the public this past month. As is typical for the cable industry, this rather monumental opening came with virtually no publicity or media awareness. In an earlier post I suggested that the installation is temporary, which apparently is a mistake. The system can be removed if need be,...

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Jun 19, 2010
Just For Fun

A Lego 3S

Sometimes models can explain things in ways words can’t. With that in mind, take a look at this fantastic Lego model of a 3S Gondola system. Is it perfect? Hardly. But pay careful attention to the acceleration and deceleration wheels. Those replicate pretty accurately the way in which detachable gondola systems are accelerated and decelerated...

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