Luftseilbahn Adliswil-Felsenegg

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Luftseilbahn Adliswil-Felsenegg
Felseneggbahn (LAF) IMG 3221.jpg
Adliswil station (June 2009)
Overview
Status Operational
Character Elevated
Location Adliswil, Canton of Zürich, Switzerland
Termini Adliswil
Felsenegg
No. of stations 2
Open 1954
Operation
Operator Sihltal Zürich Uetliberg Bahn (SZU)
Technical features
Line length 1,048 m (3,438 ft)
Operating speed 21.6 km (13.4 mi) /h
Notes Aerial tramway
307 m (1,007 ft)
Electric motor

Luftseilbahn Adliswil-Felsenegg is an aerial tramway in the canton of Zürich in Switzerland. Its name is commonly abbreviated to LAF; the tramway usually is called Felseneggbahn.

In summer season (March–October), Felseneggbahn operates daily from 08:05 (am) to 21:50 (10 pm), even on Sundays and public holidays.[1]

Structure[edit]

LAF is an aerial tramway between the municipality of Adliswil in the Sihl Valley and the Felsenegg mountain in the district of Horgen, operated by the Sihltal Zürich Uetliberg Bahn (SZU), organized as an Aktiengesellschaft. The lower station is located in the municipality of Adliswil, the mountain station is situated on Felsenegg nearby the Felsenegg-Girstel TV-tower.

History[edit]

On December 30, 1954, LAF was given to operational service; it was built within seven months for one million Swiss francs by the Swiss company Von Roll in Berne. Not just for nostalgic reasons, the provider used the former two cabins of the so-called "Landi-Schwebebahn 1939" (Landi = Swiss national exhibition) across the Lake Zürich. The cabins for 30 passengers had been constructed by SIG Neuhausen. Renewals of the infrastructure have been done in 1960, 1967, 1980, and in 1996/97. In 1972, Felsenegg station was bought by the owner; in 1977 the majority of the share holder value went into the property of the Swiss Denner AG. Established in May 1990, the Zürcher Verkehrsverbund (ZVV) first was an elaborate web of railway lines, among them the SZU including Felseneggbahn and Zimmerbergbus. Its 50-year anniversary the Felseneggbahn celebrated in 2004 when the provider planned a complete renewal according to the conditions for the license given by the Swiss government.

The complete renewal resulted in costs of 3.5 million Swiss francs, financed by the municipality of Adliswil and the city of Zürich (300,000 each), by the Zürcher Verkehrsverbund (2 million), by fundraising in the public and by sponsoring.[2][3] The renewal includes the cable car control and monitoring, the carriers and the guy ropes buffer. The fifty-year-old cabins are replaced by more comfortable, spacious and "sleek" gondolas constructed by CWA Constructions SA. The new cable car cabins also necessitated an increase in the streamlining of the masts and carrying ropes. Also renewed are the valley and mountain stations and their technical infrastructure between February 4 and April 30; the Luftseilbahn Adliswil-Felsenegg was re-opened on May 1, 2008.[4] On March 31, 2010, the 10th million passenger used the cableway.[5]

Technical data[edit]

The aerial tramway has a single tower (45 m) between Adliswil and Felsegg mountain and a total diagonal length of 1,048 m (3,438 ft). The drive is done by a DC electro engine with 100 kW in the valley station. The average speed of the two gondolas is 6 m/s.[6]

  • Cabins: 2, 30 passengers each
  • Capacity: 690 passengers per hour
  • Elevation Valley Station: 497 m
  • Elevation Mountain Station: 804 m
  • Horizontal Length: 1048 m
  • Height difference: 307 m
  • Average inclination: 34,1 0%
  • Maximum inclination: 80,5 0%
  • Number of Towers: 1
  • Tower height: 45 m
  • Maximum height from the ground: 60 m
  • Largest spanfield: 552 m
  • Average speed: 6 m/s
  • Diameter suspension rope: 39 mm
  • Diameter pushing rope: 62 mm
  • Drive: DC engine, 100 kW (max 185 kW)

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Luftseilbahn Adliswil-Felsenegg at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 47°18′47.40″N 8°31′12.12″E / 47.3131667°N 8.5200333°E / 47.3131667; 8.5200333