The lower station of the new gondola. Illustration: HLM Arkitektur AS The lower station of the new gondola. Illustration: HLM Arkitektur AS

5 interesting facts about the new gondola in Voss Resort

What makes the new gondola different from the venerable Dinglo and Danglo? What makes the ride a special experience? Here are five interesting facts about the gondola that opens at Voss in the summer of 2019.

1) The new gondola rail has the largest and most modern rail in Northern Europe
The new gondola rail is a so-called 3S lane, which means that it runs on three rows, two berths and a pulling rope. This makes it very stable, compared to gondolas that usually hang on a cable. The track has a free span of 900 meters from the lower station to the first mast. There are only two types of lifts that can have such long spans. One is a gondola rail with many cabins on the same dragon, such as the new gondola rail at Voss, and the other is a suspension railway, which is a gondola that goes up while the other goes down, such as Ulriksbanen.

2) 9 gondolas with multiplied capacity
Each gondola will have the capacity to carry 34 people, 1069 people per hour each way. Maximum capacity will be 1544 people per hour each way. By comparison, the old gondola, Dinglo and Danglo, had the capacity to carry 25 people in each carriage with a driver, and 5 people without a driver. Maximum capacity was 350 people per hour each way.

3) The new gondola rail is 2000 meters long
This is 1126 meters longer than the old rail. The lower station will be at Voss Railway Station, and the upper station will be on the top of Hangurstoppen mountain, 820 metres above sea level. Travel time is calculated to be six minutes and 48 seconds each way.

4) The location at the train station is unique in Northern Europe
The gondolas lower station will be in the traffic hub with bus, train and taxi at Voss Railway Station, which makes it very easy for visitors to get to the mountains in an environmentally friendly way. Escalators and lifts take you from the railway to the entrance of the gondola. If you travel from Bergen Station, it will take you 1.5 hours from boarding the Bergen train until you are at the top of the Hangurstoppen mountain, ready for exciting summer and winter experiences.

5) The gondolas will honour old Dinglo and Danglo
To further convey some of the famous elements from Dinglo and Danglo cable car, which was a landmark of Voss for over 50 years, five of the gondolas will be painted in the same colour as the red Dinglo, and four will be painted in yellow which was the original colour of Danglo .

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