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.
Last modified on Jan 30, 2017 - 5:08 PM by Alpenrose666
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