Wengen–Männlichen aerial cableway
The Wengen–Männlichen aerial cableway (German: Luftseilbahn Wengen-Männlichen) is a cable car linking Wengen with the Männlichen in Switzerland. It is owned and operated by the Luftseilbahn Wengen–Männlichen AG.
In 1949, a number of concerned individuals from the resort of Wengen got together and founded a committee to provide a link between the resort and ski and hiking region of the Männlichen. Building began in 1953 and the cableway was opened on 22 July 1954. The estimated CHF 1.59 million building costs were overrun by about 4%.
As built, the cableway had two cabins each of which carried 40 people. These were replaced in 1963 by cabins for 50 persons, at the same time as the valley station was extended. In 1973, the drive motor was replaced. In 1992 and 1993, the cableway, with the exception of the stations, was completely renovated at a cost of around CHF 8.7 million. Two new 80 person cabins were put into service, and journey time was reduced from 6–7 minutes to 4–5 minutes.
During the night of 22/23 February 1999, an avalanche buried the lower station under more than 10 m (33 ft) of debris. As a consequence the cableway was shut for several months, and the canton of Bern decided that operation could not resume from the old location. Instead it was decided to rebuild the station outside the avalanche zone and close to the main street of Wengen. Operation resumed by the end of year.
The current cable car was built by Garaventa AG, and has a horizontal length of 1,656.9 m (5,436 ft). The height difference is 947.5 m (3,109 ft) with an average gradient of 70.8% and a maximum gradient of 96.9%. The cars operate at a speed of 10.0 m/s (33 ft/s), which gives a travel time of 5 minutes and a transport capacity of 860 persons per hour.
It is a 4-minute walk from the top station at Männlichen to the Grindelwald–Männlichen gondola cableway. It is a 3-minute walk from the base station in Wengen to the Wengernalp railway's Wengen station.
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