Difference between a cable car and a gondola?

Difference between a cable car and a gondola?

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udayaditya
udayaditya
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Jan 28, 2017 - 3:49 AM

Hello

what is the difference between a cable car and a gondola?.....what are the specific signs for each of them?

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Udayaditya

Annika
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Jan 28, 2017 - 12:58 PM

Hi Udayatitya,

Gondalas generelly refer to smaller cabins that carry 4 to 6 persons. They're indicated by GB ("Gondelbahn" in German) in the timetable. Cable cars usually refer to larger cabins and are called LB ("Luftseilbahn") in the timetable.

Slowpoke
Slowpoke
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Jan 28, 2017 - 3:40 PM in reply to Annika

Hi udayaditya -

<<"are called LB ("Luftseilbahn") in the timetable. ">>

Sometimes also "LSB."

Slowpoke

AlanPrice
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Jan 29, 2017 - 5:31 AM

Another, perhaps important difference is that you sit in a Gondala, such as the Männlichen and First Gondalas at Grindelwald, while most Cable Cars only allow you to stand, for example the Rothorn Cable Car at Zermatt.

Alan

udayaditya
udayaditya
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Jan 29, 2017 - 4:21 PM

Thanks everyone for these information

udayaditya

udayaditya
udayaditya
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Jan 29, 2017 - 4:23 PM

Hi

Can anyone explain me the meaning of chairlift?

Udayaditya

Slowpoke
Slowpoke
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Jan 29, 2017 - 5:05 PM in reply to udayaditya

Hi udayaditya -

A chairlift is "eine Sesselbahn" in German.

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Slowpoke

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udayaditya
udayaditya
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Jan 30, 2017 - 7:19 AM

Thank you so much Slowpoke

Alpenrose666
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Jan 30, 2017 - 4:57 PM in reply to udayaditya

And here are some photos of the inside and outside of a cable car and a gondola.

One other difference between cable cars and gondolas is that cable cars usually have a driver and run to a timetable, e.g. every 15 minutes. They "park" at the cable car station until the next scheduled departure. Usually you have to queue, and aren't allowed to board until about 5 minutes before departure. Then you go through a turnstile, which counts the number of people boarding. When the cable car has reached maximum capacity, anyone who hasn't yet boarded will have to wait for the next one. I think there is usually only one cable car at a time in each direction, so you will only pass one cable car travelling in the opposite direction during your ride, and there will not be any other cable cars ahead of you or behind you.

Gondolas move constantly, and you actually board and alight while they are moving very slowly. The doors close automatically when the gondola has moved beyond the boarding area, but before it "takes off". The "take-off" can be quite a thrill, as the increase in speed is very noticeable - you sort of get launched into the air! As you approach a station where you can get out, the gondola slows right down, the doors open automatically when your gondola reaches the alighting area, and you step out while it is moving. There are lots of gondolas spaced out along the aerial cable, so you will pass other gondolas travelling in the opposite direction quite regularly, and you will also see other gondolas in front of you and behind you.

Alpenrose

Last modified on Jan 30, 2017 - 5:08 PM by Alpenrose666
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udayaditya
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Jan 31, 2017 - 12:10 PM

Thank you.Alpenrose

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