The Coaster – New APM system

Le Coaster – Nouveau système APM 

The Tschuggen Coaster of the Tschuggen Grand Hotel in Arosa is the first concrete project of Coaster Verkehrssysteme Vertriebs GmbH, an Austrian manufacturer located at Nüziders in the Voralberg.
Tschuggen Coaster du Grand Hôtel Tschuggen à Arosa est la première réalisation de la société autrichienne Coaster Verkehrssysteme Vertriebs GmbH basée à Nüziders dans le Voralberg.

Their new APM (Automated People Mover) system is based on self-propelled, battery-operated cars leaning on a cog and  moving on suspended rails.The Coaster is able to climb 55% slopes with a maximum speed of 54 km/h! Lateral rollers keep the car on the rails as roller coasters in amusement parks.
Leur nouveau système APM (Automated People Mover), le Coaster,
est une voiture autopropulsées par des batteries, s'appuyant sur une crémaillère et roulant sur des rails suspendus. Le Coaster est capable de grimper des pentes de 55% à une vitesse maximum de 54 km/h! Des galets latéraux empèchent la voiture de sortir des rails comme dans les montagnes russes des parcs d'attraction.

The Coaster cog system is some kind of Locher rack and pinion system but with two pairs of cog wheels. Look under the car you can see the first pair of cog wheels which is engaged with the vertical rack.
Le système de crémaillère du Coaster est basé sur la crémaillère Locher mais avec deux paires de pignions. Regardez sous la voiture vous pouvez voir la première paire de pignons qui engrène la crémaillère installée verticalement. 

The Locher rack system involves gear teeth cut in the sides rather than the top of the rail, engaged by two cog wheels on the bottom of the car. This system allows use on steeper grades than the other systems, whose teeth could jump out of the rack. It is only used on the famous Mount Pilatus Railway.
Le principe de la crémaillère Locher. Deux pignions qui s'engrènent sur une crémaillère dont les dents sont disposées verticalement. Ce système permet de gravir de plus fortes pentes que les autres systèmes de crémaillère en évitant que la voiture ne saute de la crémaillère. Le système Locher n'existe que sur le célèbre chemin de fer du Pilatus.
Photo Wikipedia.

The test track in Austria.
La piste d'essai en Autriche.

Photos Coaster Verkehrssysteme Vertriebs GmbH.

Innsbruck – Last summer picts

Innsbruck, Tirol, Austria


Martin Schönherr sent me pictures he took last summer of the the replacement work on the Hungerburg Bahn funicular. Martin Schönherr m'a fait parvenir les dernières photos, prises cet été, du chantier du funiculaire qui va remplacer le Hungerburg Bahn.


The pylons of the new suspension-bridge on each side of the Inn River.
Les deux pylones du nouveau pont suspendu de chaque côté de l'Inn.


One pylon of the suspension-bridge above the roof of Innsbruck.
Au dessus des toits d'Innsbruck, un pylone du nouveau pont suspendu.


The upper part of the new line, above Alpenzoo.
La section supérieure de la nouvelle voie au dessus de l'Alpenzoo.


The new top station.
La nouvelle gare supérieure

All pictures Martin Schönherr

Kaprun – A new future for the Gletscherbahn Kaprun 2 funicular ?

Kaprun, AustriaGletscherbahnen Kaprun AG will get back the only car which remained intact after the November 11th, 2000 tragedy.The “Kitzsteingams” car was destroyed by the fire into the tunnel. The undamaged “Gletscherdrachen” car was confiscated by the Salzburg authorities for the investigations and will be brought back to the operators of Kaprun skiing area.

The goal is to re-open the funicular for private freight transportations for the ski resort.
Some modifications are necessary to recreate a pendular funicular with two cars.
” Gletscherdrachen” is composed of two half-cars and can be divided into two different cars and at least a new fixing for the cable for one of the half-car and modification of the brake systems.

So the funiclar might be soon in operation again… but not for passengers!

Details of the November 11th, 2000 tragedy.

” Gletscherdrachen”

Hungerburg – The dismantling started December 14th

Innsbruck, Austria.The Hungerburg Bahn started to be dismantled on December 14th, 2005!

The cable was sawed and the two carriages were transported onto a truck to a warehouse. One of the two carriages is intended to be exposed in the Eisenbahn Museum in Vienna.

Other photos here…

Note, under the carriage, the cable which was just sawed.

Innsbruck – Hungerburg, the new project.

Innsbruck, Austria.The plans for the new funicular to the Hungerburg are approved by the authorities, but under several conditions (i.e. special fire extinguishing system in the tunnel sections, noise protection for dwellers in the vicinty of the new trace).

The 1,4km long funicular will start at the northern end of Innsbruck congress-center in a first tunnel section to the Loewenhaus station, crossing the Inn river on a suspension bridge, entering a second tunnel, leaving this tunnel east of the Weiherburg (with a station Alpenzoo on a approximatly 20m high tower) leading into the old Hungerburg funiculars trace via a 400m long curved steel bridge.

(Illustration Nordpark)

Unfortunately a direct connection with the towns centre (an the main tram-lines) is not possible due to plannings mistakes of the town. So the bottom station is separated by a 400m long (but nice) footwalk from the public transports main lines.

The funicular has got to stations underway, one near the Loewenhaus station, one near the Alpenzoo station. The halfway bypass it situated in the tunnel, but there is no station.

The longitudinal section of the funicular it remarkable, as there is a short section (in the Tunnel between the bridge and the Weiherburg) with counter-gradient. There special depression pulleys for the rope are needed. The section till the river is almost horizontal.

The funiculars cars are divided in separate cabins that are mounted moveable to the chassis frame. So all of the separate passengers cabins are horizontal at any place of the trace (so the system seems to be compareable to the Fun’ambule in Neuchatel).

All station buildings and the bridge are designed by the famous Iraqui architect Zaha Hadid. Especially the top station is an impressive landmark.

The new funicular is planned to start operation in spring 2007. Together with this venture the ropeways the the Seegrube and the Hafelecar will be modernized.

The cars will be built by Leitner.

(Illustration Nordpark)

The trace alignment ist planned bei ILF (“Ingenieurbüro Lösser -Feizlmair”, a large planning bureau near Innsbruck which is also planning sections of the Brenner-tunnel. The whole project (new funicular and renovation of the two sections of the ropeway) will cost between 51 and 70 million.

Length of the new funicular line: 1798m

(In orange: the new project, in red: the old Hungerburg Bahn)

Special thank to Martin Schönherr.