The Gardena Ronda Express
is a funicular
situated in the Val Gherdëina
near Santa Cristina Gherdëina
, connecting the Col Raiser lifts to the Sasslong/Ruacia and Ciampinoi lifts.
Two funiculars operate on the system. Both were built by Gangloff, and the cable system was manufactured by Leitner Ropeways and Poma Italy. The funicular trains each have four seating cabins capable of seating around 10 and standing around 25. The total capacity is 140 people per train. The trains are 15.5 meters long and 2.3 meters wide, and weigh 15,500kg.
The whole line runs in a tunnel, which connects two aerial ropeways and through them two ski resorts
. The maximum speed is 36 km/h
and the slope is 100‰
. 2000 persons can be transported par hour from one terminus to the other.
Planning started in 1990 and after some changes on the track to avoid buildings, in the year 2003 the construction started. So today, after nearly forty years without a railway (the Val Gardena Railway
was closed in 1960), the valley has a train again.
- http://www.funivie.org/pagine/speciali/gherdeinaronda_inaug/ Construction of the funicular
- http://www.funivie.org/pagine/speciali/gherdeinaronda/ Official Technical Relation, photos and videos
- http://www.gardenaronda.com/ (only German or Italian language)